Miss America Organization Strikes Back, Pulls Licenses and Scholarship Money From 4 Rebellious State Groups

The Miss America Organization is retaliating against several defiant state officials, following a summer revolt against the pageant and its chairman, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.

The organization is terminating the licenses of four states and potentially putting up to another 15 on probation, the Associated Press reported on Monday. States that have been terminated need to replace their current leadership and can ask for an appeal hearing from a Miss America committee.

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Miss America Organization didn’t confirm to the AP which states in particular were punished, saying, “The process regarding Miss America state licensees is confidential.” But a lawyer for Georgia and West Virginia told the AP their licenses are being terminated, along with a Pennsylvania official telling the AP its state had been booted as well.

The rebellious states weren’t pushing back against the pageant dropping its swimsuit competition, but rather the leadership of Carlson, a 1989 Miss America champion, and CEO Regina Hopper since taking over at the beginning of 2018.

After a letter from outgoing Cara Mund, the outgoing Miss America, said she’d been bullied by Miss America leadership, 46 of the 51 state organizations (the District of Columbia is in the competition) called for Carlson and Hopper to resign. Twenty-three former pageant winners also lobbied for their exit. A Miss America investigation found no evidence to support Mund’s claim — although investigators failed to interview Mund for its report.

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The Miss America Organization is retaliating against several defiant state officials, following a summer revolt against the pageant and its chairman, former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.

The organization is terminating the licenses of four states and potentially putting up to another 15 on probation, the Associated Press reported on Monday. States that have been terminated need to replace their current leadership and can ask for an appeal hearing from a Miss America committee.

Miss America Organization didn’t confirm to the AP which states in particular were punished, saying, “The process regarding Miss America state licensees is confidential.” But a lawyer for Georgia and West Virginia told the AP their licenses are being terminated, along with a Pennsylvania official telling the AP its state had been booted as well.

The rebellious states weren’t pushing back against the pageant dropping its swimsuit competition, but rather the leadership of Carlson, a 1989 Miss America champion, and CEO Regina Hopper since taking over at the beginning of 2018.

After a letter from outgoing Cara Mund, the outgoing Miss America, said she’d been bullied by Miss America leadership, 46 of the 51 state organizations (the District of Columbia is in the competition) called for Carlson and Hopper to resign. Twenty-three former pageant winners also lobbied for their exit. A Miss America investigation found no evidence to support Mund’s claim — although investigators failed to interview Mund for its report.

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Miss America Organization Terminates Licenses Of Four Rebellious States

After a number of states have started a revolt against the leadership of the Miss America Organization headed by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, the national organization has terminated the licenses of four states and threatening another 15 with…

After a number of states have started a revolt against the leadership of the Miss America Organization headed by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, the national organization has terminated the licenses of four states and threatening another 15 with probation. The rebellion ignited when a number of states said they were not happy with the way Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper ran the organization. It was also around the same time some of the state officials were unhappy…

Ratings: ‘Miss America’ Nosedive to All-Time Low – Yes, Counting the Years on Basic Cable

There they go, “Miss America” viewers. The “Miss America 2019” competition just plummeted 36 percent in TV ratings versus last year’s record low performance on ABC. Yes, that one went up against the first Sunday of the NFL regular season as well.

In 2017 (which is confusingly the 2018 pageant), ABC’s “Miss America” pageant averaged a 1.1 rating/4 share and had 5.4 million total viewers. This year’s revamped format — which omitted the popular swimsuit and evening gown rounds — struggled to a 0.7/3 and 4.3 million viewers, which means it was down 36 percent in the key demo and off 19 percent among overall audience members.

Among adults 18-49, which captures the ages most important to media buyers, Sunday’s telecast came in even lower than the few years “Miss America” ran on the TLC and CMT cable channels about a decade ago. That’s rough. In terms of total viewers, last night’s special still outperformed most of the basic cable years.

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Nia Franklin of New York City was crowned Miss America on Sunday in the first pageant in the organization’s 98-year history without a swimsuit or evening gown contest.

The post-#MeToo tweaks to the contest weren’t the only signs of change as politics reared their head throughout the competition. Miss Michigan Emily Sioma eschewed the usual boastful or rah-rah self-introduction to deliver this pointed diss at her home state in the live broadcast Sunday night: “From a state with 84 percent of the U.S. fresh water, but none for its residents to drink, I’m Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma.”

During pre-broadcast competition on Friday, another contestant made a pointed remark about President Donald Trump. “Donald Trump is the biggest issue our country faces,” Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins told the judges. “Unfortunately, he has caused a lot of division in our country.”

Back to ratings: NBC dominated primetime with its “Sunday Night Football.” Due to the nature of live sports, the Nielsen numbers for Sunday’s NFL games are subject to significant adjustment. Primetime-wise, that’s pretty much limited to NBC and a Fox telecast that overran into the all-important day part.

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NBC was first in ratings with a 5.4 rating/21 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 16.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those gaudy-looking numbers are the combination of the channel’s 80-minute pregame studio show and as much of the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game that would make the cutoff.

Fox was second in ratings with a 2.4/9 and in viewers with 7.1 million. After its NFL overrun and postgame coverage, new sitcom “Rel” posted a 1.7/7 and 5.1 million viewers at 8 o’clock. Reruns followed.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 4.7 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” landed a 0.9/4 and 7.1 million viewers. “Big Brother” at 8 put up a 1.5/6 and 5.7 million viewers. Repeats followed.

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ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 4.2 million. Reruns led into “Miss America,” which closed out primetime.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 714,000.

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There they go, “Miss America” viewers. The “Miss America 2019” competition just plummeted 36 percent in TV ratings versus last year’s record low performance on ABC. Yes, that one went up against the first Sunday of the NFL regular season as well.

In 2017 (which is confusingly the 2018 pageant), ABC’s “Miss America” pageant averaged a 1.1 rating/4 share and had 5.4 million total viewers. This year’s revamped format — which omitted the popular swimsuit and evening gown rounds — struggled to a 0.7/3 and 4.3 million viewers, which means it was down 36 percent in the key demo and off 19 percent among overall audience members.

Among adults 18-49, which captures the ages most important to media buyers, Sunday’s telecast came in even lower than the few years “Miss America” ran on the TLC and CMT cable channels about a decade ago. That’s rough. In terms of total viewers, last night’s special still outperformed most of the basic cable years.

Nia Franklin of New York City was crowned Miss America on Sunday in the first pageant in the organization’s 98-year history without a swimsuit or evening gown contest.

The post-#MeToo tweaks to the contest weren’t the only signs of change as politics reared their head throughout the competition. Miss Michigan Emily Sioma eschewed the usual boastful or rah-rah self-introduction to deliver this pointed diss at her home state in the live broadcast Sunday night: “From a state with 84 percent of the U.S. fresh water, but none for its residents to drink, I’m Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma.”

During pre-broadcast competition on Friday, another contestant made a pointed remark about President Donald Trump. “Donald Trump is the biggest issue our country faces,” Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins told the judges. “Unfortunately, he has caused a lot of division in our country.”

Back to ratings: NBC dominated primetime with its “Sunday Night Football.” Due to the nature of live sports, the Nielsen numbers for Sunday’s NFL games are subject to significant adjustment. Primetime-wise, that’s pretty much limited to NBC and a Fox telecast that overran into the all-important day part.

NBC was first in ratings with a 5.4 rating/21 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 16.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Those gaudy-looking numbers are the combination of the channel’s 80-minute pregame studio show and as much of the Chicago Bears-Green Bay Packers game that would make the cutoff.

Fox was second in ratings with a 2.4/9 and in viewers with 7.1 million. After its NFL overrun and postgame coverage, new sitcom “Rel” posted a 1.7/7 and 5.1 million viewers at 8 o’clock. Reruns followed.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.8/3 and in viewers with 4.7 million. At 7, “60 Minutes” landed a 0.9/4 and 7.1 million viewers. “Big Brother” at 8 put up a 1.5/6 and 5.7 million viewers. Repeats followed.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 4.2 million. Reruns led into “Miss America,” which closed out primetime.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.4/1 and in viewers with 1.3 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.3/1 and in viewers with 714,000.

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New Yorker Nia Franklin Wins Miss America, While Miss Michigan Slams State’s Water Crisis

Nia Franklin of New York City was crowned Miss America on Sunday in the first pageant in the organization’s 98-year history without a swimsuit or evening gown contest.

Franklin earns a $50,000 scholarship, while Connecticut’s Bridget Oei was named first runner-up and earned a $25,000 scholarship.

But the post-#MeToo tweaks to the contest weren’t the only signs of change as politics reared their head throughout the competition.

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Miss Michigan Emily Sioma eschewed the usual boastful or rah-rah self-introduction to deliver this pointed diss at her home state in the live broadcast Sunday night: “From a state with 84 percent of the U.S. fresh water, but none for its residents to drink, I’m Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma.”

During pre-broadcast competition on Friday, another contestant made a pointed remark about President Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump is the biggest issue our country faces,” Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins told the judges. “Unfortunately, he has caused a lot of division in our country.”

“from the state with 84 percent of the u.s. fresh water but none for its residents to drink, i am miss michigan emily sioma” — the new #missamerica2019 pageant did not come to play pic.twitter.com/H05eifix2e

— alex rees (@maybealexislost) September 10, 2018

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The nearly century-old pageant has been roiled by drama in the last year after CEO Roger Haskell and other top officials resigned last December following the disclosure of derogatory and sexually oriented emails about past contestants.

Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America and TV personality, was named chair of the Miss America Organization board of trustees and initiated a wave of changes — including the elimination of the swimsuit and evening gown competitions and a vow to rule out physical appearance as a criterion for judging a winner.

This year’s judges included boxer Laila Ali, radio host Bobby Bones, music producer Randy Jackson, reality star Jessie James Decker, TV journalist Soledad O’Brien, podcaster Alli Webb and musician Carnie Wilson.

Carrie ann Inaba (“Dancing With the Star”) and E! regular Ross Mathews hosted.

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Nia Franklin of New York City was crowned Miss America on Sunday in the first pageant in the organization’s 98-year history without a swimsuit or evening gown contest.

Franklin earns a $50,000 scholarship, while Connecticut’s Bridget Oei was named first runner-up and earned a $25,000 scholarship.

But the post-#MeToo tweaks to the contest weren’t the only signs of change as politics reared their head throughout the competition.

Miss Michigan Emily Sioma eschewed the usual boastful or rah-rah self-introduction to deliver this pointed diss at her home state in the live broadcast Sunday night: “From a state with 84 percent of the U.S. fresh water, but none for its residents to drink, I’m Miss Michigan, Emily Sioma.”

During pre-broadcast competition on Friday, another contestant made a pointed remark about President Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump is the biggest issue our country faces,” Miss West Virginia Madeline Collins told the judges. “Unfortunately, he has caused a lot of division in our country.”

The nearly century-old pageant has been roiled by drama in the last year after CEO Roger Haskell and other top officials resigned last December following the disclosure of derogatory and sexually oriented emails about past contestants.

Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America and TV personality, was named chair of the Miss America Organization board of trustees and initiated a wave of changes — including the elimination of the swimsuit and evening gown competitions and a vow to rule out physical appearance as a criterion for judging a winner.

This year’s judges included boxer Laila Ali, radio host Bobby Bones, music producer Randy Jackson, reality star Jessie James Decker, TV journalist Soledad O’Brien, podcaster Alli Webb and musician Carnie Wilson.

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During a preliminary round in the Miss America competition, the contestant from West Virginia said President Donald Trump has “caused a lot of division,” according to the Associated Press. Madeline Collins, Miss West Virginia, made the comment Friday night during the last preliminary stage of the competition in Atlantic City, N.J. ABC will broadcast the crowning of Miss America in a live broadcast Sunday night hosted by Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann…

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Former Miss America Caressa Cameron-Jackson backed reigning titleholder Cara Mund’s criticism of the MAO and chairperson Gretchen Carlson in an interview with “Good Morning America” Monday. And she’s got 18 other former titleholders on her side.

Cameron-Jackson is part of a group of 19 former winners who are requesting the board of trustees, Carlson, and president and CEO Regina Hopper step down from their posts. The call to action comes after Mund released a letter which accused Carlson and Hopper of bullying, manipulation and intimidation.

“It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing,” Cameron-Jackson, Miss America 2010, told “GMA.” “[J]ust because we are asking for our chair and our CEO to step down does not mean the Miss America pageant will not happen and I think it will send a clear message — not only to our new Miss America but to the public that we are willing to do the right thing so that Miss America who is crowned on September 9 will not have to go through what Cara [Mund] has gone through.”

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On Sunday, Carlson denied accusations leveled against her by Mund that she had been “controlled,” “silenced” and “bullied.”

In a lengthy statement posted on social media, Carlson wrote that she was “saddened” by Mund’s words and emphasized that she was proud of her and her accomplishments. “I also want to be clear that I have never bullied or silenced you,” Carlson wrote.

“In fact,” Carlson continued, “I have acknowledged to you and your parents many times that the organization understands the frustration of serving during a change-filled and stressful year. It surely was not what you had expected.”

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On Friday, Mund released a letter addressed to her “Miss America Sisters,” saying that the rhetoric that the organization empowers women is not what she has experienced firsthand. She went on to write that she wasn’t comfortable being “controlled, manipulated, silenced, or bullied,” and that the Carlson and the CEO had “systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America.”

Carlson, who was the 1989 Miss America, denied the charges and said Mund’s actions already had consequences.

“$75,000 in scholarships which would have been the first scholarship increase in years, is no longer on the table as a direct result of the explosive allegations in your letter,” Carlson wrote. “The impact won’t stop there – we are already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization, and I am so concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown.”

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“[W]e are not going to do the victim-shaming here,” Cameron-Jackson told “GMA” of disagreeing with Carlson’s response. “I’m sure she [Carlson] didn’t want that when she was part of the #MeToo movement and I think that these sponsorships will return when they see that we are willing to do the right thing. I don’t think that it’s also fair if someone has [said], ‘You hurt me’ to say, ‘No, I didn’t.’”

“I think what should have been said was, ‘I’m sorry for anything I have done that would have made you feel as though,’ and then continue on, but you don’t get to outright say, ‘No, I didn’t,’” she added.

The Miss American Organization had no additional statement beyond the one they issued last Friday, when reached by TheWrap about Cameron-Jackson’s interview.

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Former Miss America Caressa Cameron-Jackson backed reigning titleholder Cara Mund’s criticism of the MAO and chairperson Gretchen Carlson in an interview with “Good Morning America” Monday. And she’s got 18 other former titleholders on her side.

Cameron-Jackson is part of a group of 19 former winners who are requesting the board of trustees, Carlson, and president and CEO Regina Hopper step down from their posts. The call to action comes after Mund released a letter which accused Carlson and Hopper of bullying, manipulation and intimidation.

“It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing,” Cameron-Jackson, Miss America 2010, told “GMA.” “[J]ust because we are asking for our chair and our CEO to step down does not mean the Miss America pageant will not happen and I think it will send a clear message — not only to our new Miss America but to the public that we are willing to do the right thing so that Miss America who is crowned on September 9 will not have to go through what Cara [Mund] has gone through.”

On Sunday, Carlson denied accusations leveled against her by Mund that she had been “controlled,” “silenced” and “bullied.”

In a lengthy statement posted on social media, Carlson wrote that she was “saddened” by Mund’s words and emphasized that she was proud of her and her accomplishments. “I also want to be clear that I have never bullied or silenced you,” Carlson wrote.

“In fact,” Carlson continued, “I have acknowledged to you and your parents many times that the organization understands the frustration of serving during a change-filled and stressful year. It surely was not what you had expected.”

On Friday, Mund released a letter addressed to her “Miss America Sisters,” saying that the rhetoric that the organization empowers women is not what she has experienced firsthand. She went on to write that she wasn’t comfortable being “controlled, manipulated, silenced, or bullied,” and that the Carlson and the CEO had “systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America.”

Carlson, who was the 1989 Miss America, denied the charges and said Mund’s actions already had consequences.

“$75,000 in scholarships which would have been the first scholarship increase in years, is no longer on the table as a direct result of the explosive allegations in your letter,” Carlson wrote. “The impact won’t stop there – we are already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization, and I am so concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown.”

“[W]e are not going to do the victim-shaming here,” Cameron-Jackson told “GMA” of disagreeing with Carlson’s response. “I’m sure she [Carlson] didn’t want that when she was part of the #MeToo movement and I think that these sponsorships will return when they see that we are willing to do the right thing. I don’t think that it’s also fair if someone has [said], ‘You hurt me’ to say, ‘No, I didn’t.'”

“I think what should have been said was, ‘I’m sorry for anything I have done that would have made you feel as though,’ and then continue on, but you don’t get to outright say, ‘No, I didn’t,'” she added.

The Miss American Organization had no additional statement beyond the one they issued last Friday, when reached by TheWrap about Cameron-Jackson’s interview.

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Gretchen Carlson Fires Back at Miss America Accuser: ‘I Have Never Bullied or Silenced’ You

Gretchen Carlson, former Fox News host and current chairwoman of the Miss America Organization board of directors, has denied accusations by 2018 Miss America, Cara Mund, that she had been “controlled,” “silenced” and “bullied.”

In a lengthy statement posted on social media Sunday, Carlson wrote that she was “saddened” by Mund’s words and emphasized that she was proud of her and her accomplishments. “I also want to be clear that I have never bullied or silenced you,” Carlson wrote.

“In fact,” Carlson continued, “I have acknowledged to you and your parents many times that the organization understands the frustration of serving during a change-filled and stressful year. It surely was not what you had expected.”

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On Friday, Mund released a letter addressed to her “Miss America Sisters,” saying that the rhetoric that the organization empowers women is not what she has experienced firsthand. She went on to write that she wasn’t comfortable being “controlled, manipulated, silenced, or bullied,” and that the Carlson and the CEO had “systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America.”

Carlson, who was the 1989 Miss America, denied the charges and said Mund’s actions already had consequences.

“$75,000 in scholarships which would have been the first scholarship increase in years, is no longer on the table as a direct result of the explosive allegations in your letter,” Carlson wrote. “The impact won’t stop there – we are already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization, and I am so concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown.”

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Mund’s reign ends on September 9, when Miss America 2019 will be crowned in Atlantic City. Carlson wrote, “We are three weeks away from what should be a historic moment of celebrating the amazing 51 candidates who have chosen to compete for the job of Miss America. We should be celebrating them. Cara, please join us in doing so.”

You can read Carlson’s complete statement below.

Please see my statement in full below pic.twitter.com/rvmee4es7g

– Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) August 20, 2018

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Gretchen Carlson, former Fox News host and current chairwoman of the Miss America Organization board of directors, has denied accusations by 2018 Miss America, Cara Mund, that she had been “controlled,” “silenced” and “bullied.”

In a lengthy statement posted on social media Sunday, Carlson wrote that she was “saddened” by Mund’s words and emphasized that she was proud of her and her accomplishments. “I also want to be clear that I have never bullied or silenced you,” Carlson wrote.

“In fact,” Carlson continued, “I have acknowledged to you and your parents many times that the organization understands the frustration of serving during a change-filled and stressful year. It surely was not what you had expected.”

On Friday, Mund released a letter addressed to her “Miss America Sisters,” saying that the rhetoric that the organization empowers women is not what she has experienced firsthand. She went on to write that she wasn’t comfortable being “controlled, manipulated, silenced, or bullied,” and that the Carlson and the CEO had “systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America.”

Carlson, who was the 1989 Miss America, denied the charges and said Mund’s actions already had consequences.

“$75,000 in scholarships which would have been the first scholarship increase in years, is no longer on the table as a direct result of the explosive allegations in your letter,” Carlson wrote. “The impact won’t stop there – we are already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization, and I am so concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown.”

Mund’s reign ends on September 9, when Miss America 2019 will be crowned in Atlantic City. Carlson wrote, “We are three weeks away from what should be a historic moment of celebrating the amazing 51 candidates who have chosen to compete for the job of Miss America. We should be celebrating them. Cara, please join us in doing so.”

You can read Carlson’s complete statement below.

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Former Miss America Gretchen Carlson has responded to reigning Miss America Cara Mund’s claims that she was bullied and put “on a shelf” by the organization since Carlson became the chairwoman of the board of directors.
On Friday, Mun…

Former Miss America Gretchen Carlson has responded to reigning Miss America Cara Mund’s claims that she was bullied and put “on a shelf” by the organization since Carlson became the chairwoman of the board of directors. On Friday, Mund wrote an open letter saying, “I strongly believe my voice is not heard nor wanted by our current leadership; nor do they have any interest in knowing who I am and how my experiences related to positioning the organization for the…

Miss America Pageant Shoots Down 2018 Winner’s ‘Unfounded’ Accusations of Bullying

The Miss America Pageant is firing back after current Miss America Cara Mund chastised the organization for what she said amounted to bullying and silencing her in her duties.

“The Miss America Organization supports Cara,” the organization said in a Friday statement given to TheWrap. “It is disappointing that she chose to air her grievances publicly not privately. Her letter contains mischaracterizations and many unfounded accusations. We are reaching out to her privately to address her concerns.”

In a letter addressed to “Miss America Sisters,” and obtained by news outlets such as USA Today and Philly.com, Mund outlined her experience of “belittlement, and outright exclusion.” She specifically named Miss America CEO Regina Hopper and chair Gretchen Carlson — the former Fox News host who has been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement — as perpetrators.

“Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis,” Mund wrote in the five-page letter. “After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive
behavior, belittlement, and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll.”

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Mund said leadership required her to name Carlson as a a pioneer of the #MeToo movement, and that she herself was not “important enough” to do big interviews, which were reserved for Carlson. Carlson was Miss America in 1989 and gained media traction after announcing the pageant will not longer hold a swimsuit portion earlier this year.

“Shortly after the new board took over, I was given three talking points that I was required to use at every appearance and on which I would be critiqued,” Mund continued in her letter, naming the alleged talking points:

“Miss America is relevant.
The #MeToo movement started with a Miss America, Gretchen Carlson.
Gretchen Carlson went to Stanford (I was also allowed to mention my own education at Brown University to show that we are both well-educated leaders).”

Among Mund’s complaints, she said organizers told her it was her fault when sponsors dropped the Miss America Organization because, she said, “I am supposedly ‘bad at social media.’” She also said the organization limits what she can post on their social media channels.

“When they shrink my voice in this way, it eliminates my chance to be a spokesperson for my generation on the very platforms where we consume our content,” Mund added, saying her photo has been removed from an official Children’s Miracle Network fundraising page (she is a Make a Wish Foundation advocate) and that official Miss America social channels are “often” utilized to promote Carlson and Hopper’s activities.

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Mund’s letter comes just weeks before the next Miss America pageant on Sep. 9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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The Miss America Pageant is firing back after current Miss America Cara Mund chastised the organization for what she said amounted to bullying and silencing her in her duties.

“The Miss America Organization supports Cara,” the organization said in a Friday statement given to TheWrap. “It is disappointing that she chose to air her grievances publicly not privately. Her letter contains mischaracterizations and many unfounded accusations. We are reaching out to her privately to address her concerns.”

In a letter addressed to “Miss America Sisters,” and obtained by news outlets such as USA Today and Philly.com, Mund outlined her experience of “belittlement, and outright exclusion.” She specifically named Miss America CEO Regina Hopper and chair Gretchen Carlson — the former Fox News host who has been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement — as perpetrators.

“Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis,” Mund wrote in the five-page letter. “After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive
behavior, belittlement, and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll.”

Mund said leadership required her to name Carlson as a a pioneer of the #MeToo movement, and that she herself was not “important enough” to do big interviews, which were reserved for Carlson. Carlson was Miss America in 1989 and gained media traction after announcing the pageant will not longer hold a swimsuit portion earlier this year.

“Shortly after the new board took over, I was given three talking points that I was required to use at every appearance and on which I would be critiqued,” Mund continued in her letter, naming the alleged talking points:

“Miss America is relevant.
The #MeToo movement started with a Miss America, Gretchen Carlson.
Gretchen Carlson went to Stanford (I was also allowed to mention my own education at Brown University to show that we are both well-educated leaders).”

Among Mund’s complaints, she said organizers told her it was her fault when sponsors dropped the Miss America Organization because, she said, “I am supposedly ‘bad at social media.'” She also said the organization limits what she can post on their social media channels.

“When they shrink my voice in this way, it eliminates my chance to be a spokesperson for my generation on the very platforms where we consume our content,” Mund added, saying her photo has been removed from an official Children’s Miracle Network fundraising page (she is a Make a Wish Foundation advocate) and that official Miss America social channels are “often” utilized to promote Carlson and Hopper’s activities.

Mund’s letter comes just weeks before the next Miss America pageant on Sep. 9 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Miss America Org Offers Second Apology for MeToo Joke

A local chapter of the Miss America pageant offered a second apology on Monday after an emcee made a MeToo joke during the final round of the Miss Massachusetts event on June 30.

“I would like to set the record straight about the skit during the Miss Massachusetts finals. First and most importantly, my sincere apologies to those who drew any parallels between a joke about the swimsuit competition and sexual assault,” said Rich Allegretto.

“The skit was meant as a satirical poke at those who are upset that swimsuit is going away. It was intended to be a nod to the #MeToo movement, not a knock on it.”

Dear Contestants and Families, I would like to set the record straight about the skit during the Miss Massachusetts…

Posted by Miss Massachusetts MAO on Monday, July 9, 2018

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Allegretto then said he is a sexual assault survivor. “As a male survivor of sexual assault, it was never my intention to insult or malign a movement that has done so much good for so many of us,” he said.

While it is apparent from his statement that Allegretto is the emcee who made the widely criticized joke, the pageant did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request to confirm it.

The personal apology from Allegretto, posted to the Miss Massachusetts Facebook page, is the second act of contrition from the organization, which posted an early apology on July 3.

“The Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors offers our sincere and heartfelt apology for those offended by Saturday night’s skit,” it read. “Moving forward, we will review all content with future emcees and other participants prior to our show to be sure offensive or potentially offensive content is not allowed.”

The Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors offers our sincere and heartfelt apology for those offended by Saturday…

Posted by Miss Massachusetts MAO on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The video — first obtained and published by the New York Observer — shows what was supposed to be a humorous skit of a woman asking God why the Miss America pageant would no longer be have the swimsuit competition.

“We may have well seen the last ever swimsuit competition on stage. It’s very upsetting and I’m trying to understand, God, why it happened.”

“Me too, Amy,” said the man, who also held a sign reading #MeToo just in case anyone didn’t get the joke.

Nixing the swimsuit event was the most high profile of several changes coming to the pageant this year, as a result of MeToo activism. The news was first announced by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, an advocate for victims of sexual harassment, earlier this year. Carlson, a former Miss America winner, is currently serving as chairwoman of the pageant board.

The Massachusetts video shows the joke met with loud cheers in the audience, but recriminations hit the pageant almost immediately.

Maude Gorman, a local Miss Plymouth County, who was at the event told the Boston Globe she was disgusted by what she saw and drafted her resignation letter that same evening.

“It was heartbreaking to hear,” Gorman told the paper. “In that moment, everything collapsed right in front of me.”

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A local chapter of the Miss America pageant offered a second apology on Monday after an emcee made a MeToo joke during the final round of the Miss Massachusetts event on June 30.

“I would like to set the record straight about the skit during the Miss Massachusetts finals. First and most importantly, my sincere apologies to those who drew any parallels between a joke about the swimsuit competition and sexual assault,” said Rich Allegretto.

“The skit was meant as a satirical poke at those who are upset that swimsuit is going away. It was intended to be a nod to the #MeToo movement, not a knock on it.”

Dear Contestants and Families, I would like to set the record straight about the skit during the Miss Massachusetts…

Posted by Miss Massachusetts MAO on Monday, July 9, 2018

Allegretto then said he is a sexual assault survivor. “As a male survivor of sexual assault, it was never my intention to insult or malign a movement that has done so much good for so many of us,” he said.

While it is apparent from his statement that Allegretto is the emcee who made the widely criticized joke, the pageant did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request to confirm it.

The personal apology from Allegretto, posted to the Miss Massachusetts Facebook page, is the second act of contrition from the organization, which posted an early apology on July 3.

“The Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors offers our sincere and heartfelt apology for those offended by Saturday night’s skit,” it read. “Moving forward, we will review all content with future emcees and other participants prior to our show to be sure offensive or potentially offensive content is not allowed.”

The Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors offers our sincere and heartfelt apology for those offended by Saturday…

Posted by Miss Massachusetts MAO on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The video — first obtained and published by the New York Observer — shows what was supposed to be a humorous skit of a woman asking God why the Miss America pageant would no longer be have the swimsuit competition.

“We may have well seen the last ever swimsuit competition on stage. It’s very upsetting and I’m trying to understand, God, why it happened.”

“Me too, Amy,” said the man, who also held a sign reading #MeToo just in case anyone didn’t get the joke.

Nixing the swimsuit event was the most high profile of several changes coming to the pageant this year, as a result of MeToo activism. The news was first announced by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, an advocate for victims of sexual harassment, earlier this year. Carlson, a former Miss America winner, is currently serving as chairwoman of the pageant board.

The Massachusetts video shows the joke met with loud cheers in the audience, but recriminations hit the pageant almost immediately.

Maude Gorman, a local Miss Plymouth County, who was at the event told the Boston Globe she was disgusted by what she saw and drafted her resignation letter that same evening.

“It was heartbreaking to hear,” Gorman told the paper. “In that moment, everything collapsed right in front of me.”

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The Miss America Organization is getting a new producer to assist in its overhaul of its flagship pageant — err, competition.

The organization announced Monday that Global Road Entertainment will join MAO and Tall Pony Productions, in producing the upcoming 2019 Miss America Competition set for September. The news comes on the heels of MAO eliminating the show’s swimsuit competition and declaring the annual event is no longer a pageant.

“It is such an honor to be part of the team launching Miss America 2.0 this September,” stated Phil Gurin, the company’s President of Unscripted & Alternative Television. “As we reimagine this storied franchise, it’s exciting to offer a new and empowering platform for these strong, female leaders to shine.”

Gurin will join the MAO team serving as an executive producer on the competition, assisting with the creative development and execution of a modern show relevant to a global audience.

Earlier this month, the organization that backs the decades-old pageant announced the swimsuit competition will be retired and that evening wear will be given more of a purpose with “candidates showcasing the beauty of their intelligence while being free to choose evening wear that represents their personal style.”

“As The Miss America Organization moves into executing the Miss America 2.0 mission of preparing great women for the world and preparing the world for great women, we are fortunate to have individuals and companies of such experience, talent and vision working together to create an amazing show!” said Regina Hopper, MAO’s President and CEO.

The 2019 Miss America Competition will be broadcast live from Atlantic City on Sept. 9 on ABC.

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Piers Morgan Calls Out Gretchen Carlson Over ‘Absolutely Ridiculous’ Miss America Changes

Piers Morgan won’t be winning any points for congeniality with his latest column.

British media personality Morgan savaged the Miss America competition’s decision to rule out physical appearance as a criterion for judging a winner on Tuesday, calling out former Miss America winner and current board chair Gretchen Carlson in particular.

“We are now open, inclusive and transparent,” Carlson is quoted as saying in Morgan’s new column, “and I want to inspire thousands of young people across this country to come and be part of our program. We are not going to judge you on your appearance because we are interested in what makes you you.”

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Morgan also quoted Carlson as saying, “It what comes out of their mouths that we care about.”

“I’ve got some news for you, Gretchen: nobody on the entire planet cares what comes out of the mouths of Miss America contestants unless they say something so dumb it makes us laugh out loud,” Morgan wrote. “They’re not competing to see who is smartest, funniest, or most environmentally concerned.”

He added, “They’re there because they’re smoking hot.”

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Carlson, who was declared Miss America in 1989 before launching a career in broadcasting, discussed the change on Tuesday’s “Good Morning America,” saying, “We are no longer a pageant … We are a competition.”

In addition to killing off the swimsuit competition, Miss America is also eliminating the evening gown portion of the competition. Instead, contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will wear attire that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America.

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The swimsuit parade will be replaced with a live interactive session with the judges, the organization announced.

In Tuesday’s column for the Daily Mail, Morgan called the decision “absolutely ridiculous, and will be an inevitable ratings disaster.”

“I’m afraid the harsh reality is that nobody’s going to watch a beauty pageant to see an assortment of ugly, 250 lb. contestants giving their views on world peace. Period,” Morgan wrote.

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Piers Morgan won’t be winning any points for congeniality with his latest column.

British media personality Morgan savaged the Miss America competition’s decision to rule out physical appearance as a criterion for judging a winner on Tuesday, calling out former Miss America winner and current board chair Gretchen Carlson in particular.

“We are now open, inclusive and transparent,” Carlson is quoted as saying in Morgan’s new column, “and I want to inspire thousands of young people across this country to come and be part of our program. We are not going to judge you on your appearance because we are interested in what makes you you.”

Morgan also quoted Carlson as saying, “It what comes out of their mouths that we care about.”

“I’ve got some news for you, Gretchen: nobody on the entire planet cares what comes out of the mouths of Miss America contestants unless they say something so dumb it makes us laugh out loud,” Morgan wrote. “They’re not competing to see who is smartest, funniest, or most environmentally concerned.”

He added, “They’re there because they’re smoking hot.”

Carlson, who was declared Miss America in 1989 before launching a career in broadcasting, discussed the change on Tuesday’s “Good Morning America,” saying, “We are no longer a pageant … We are a competition.”

In addition to killing off the swimsuit competition, Miss America is also eliminating the evening gown portion of the competition. Instead, contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will wear attire that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America.

The swimsuit parade will be replaced with a live interactive session with the judges, the organization announced.

In Tuesday’s column for the Daily Mail, Morgan called the decision “absolutely ridiculous, and will be an inevitable ratings disaster.”

“I’m afraid the harsh reality is that nobody’s going to watch a beauty pageant to see an assortment of ugly, 250 lb. contestants giving their views on world peace. Period,” Morgan wrote.

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Miss America Drops Swimsuit Competition

The Miss America contest is killing the swimsuit competition from future editions and vowing to rule out physical appearance as a criterion for judging a winner, the organization announced Tuesday.

“We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the former Miss America recently named chair of the Miss America Organization board of trustees, said on “Good Morning America.” “We are a competition.”

The organization is also eliminating the evening gown portion of the competition. Instead, contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will wear attire that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America.

The swimsuit parade will be replaced with a live interactive session with the judges, the organization announced.

Also Read: Gretchen Carlson Promises ‘Tsunami’ of Change for Miss America Pageant (Video)

“We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore,” Carlson told “GMA.”

“Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul?” she added.

JUST IN: “We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That’s huge. And that means we will no longer have a swimsuit competition.” – @GretchenCarlson on the major changes coming to @MissAmericaOrg https://t.co/ICRIsRN71h pic.twitter.com/IWKcVvCC50

— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 5, 2018

Carlson, who was declared Miss America in 1989 before launching a career in broadcasting, has become an outspoken symbol of the #MeToo movement. In 2016, she settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.

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Carlson has promised a “tsunami” of changes at the Miss America Organization since taking over as board chair last year after CEO Sam Haskell was forced to resign after leaked emails revealed he had made disparaging comments about former contestants and winners.

This year’s contest is scheduled to take place on Sept. 9 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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The Miss America contest is killing the swimsuit competition from future editions and vowing to rule out physical appearance as a criterion for judging a winner, the organization announced Tuesday.

“We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the former Miss America recently named chair of the Miss America Organization board of trustees, said on “Good Morning America.” “We are a competition.”

The organization is also eliminating the evening gown portion of the competition. Instead, contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will wear attire that makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America.

The swimsuit parade will be replaced with a live interactive session with the judges, the organization announced.

“We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore,” Carlson told “GMA.”

“Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul?” she added.

Carlson, who was declared Miss America in 1989 before launching a career in broadcasting, has become an outspoken symbol of the #MeToo movement. In 2016, she settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.

Carlson has promised a “tsunami” of changes at the Miss America Organization since taking over as board chair last year after CEO Sam Haskell was forced to resign after leaked emails revealed he had made disparaging comments about former contestants and winners.

This year’s contest is scheduled to take place on Sept. 9 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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Gretchen Carlson, the newly appointed Chairwoman of the Miss America Organization, appeared on Friday promised a “tsunami” of “potentially big changes” to the pageant following harassment accusations that led to the resignation of its CEO last month.

In an interview with Amy Robach on “Good Morning America” on Friday, the 1989 Miss America winner and former Fox News host described her new role as chairwoman a “call of duty,” and said she plans to update the pageant’s format to “empower women.”

“I have so many great ideas for this organization, and I will be talking about those with all the other board members and the eventual CEO of Miss America and staff of Miss America,” Carlson said. “So what I would love to say about that is, please stay tuned, because I plan to make this organization 100 percent about empowering women. Changes are coming — potentially big changes.”

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Carlson settled a lawsuit with ex-Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in 2016, and on the strength of the #MeToo movement, Carlson felt compelled to take the chairwoman role.

She was one of the former winners targeted and demeaned in the leaked emails correspondences between former CEO Sam Haskell and other board members that ultimately led to their resignation.

Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization on Jan. 1.

“I find that incredibly empowering,” she said. “Some of the women who were allegedly maligned in those appalling emails are now running the place. It’s a form of justice.”

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Gretchen Carlson, the newly appointed Chairwoman of the Miss America Organization, appeared on Friday promised a “tsunami” of “potentially big changes” to the pageant following harassment accusations that led to the resignation of its CEO last month.

In an interview with Amy Robach on “Good Morning America” on Friday, the 1989 Miss America winner and former Fox News host described her new role as chairwoman a “call of duty,” and said she plans to update the pageant’s format to “empower women.”

“I have so many great ideas for this organization, and I will be talking about those with all the other board members and the eventual CEO of Miss America and staff of Miss America,” Carlson said. “So what I would love to say about that is, please stay tuned, because I plan to make this organization 100 percent about empowering women. Changes are coming — potentially big changes.”

Carlson settled a lawsuit with ex-Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in 2016, and on the strength of the #MeToo movement, Carlson felt compelled to take the chairwoman role.

She was one of the former winners targeted and demeaned in the leaked emails correspondences between former CEO Sam Haskell and other board members that ultimately led to their resignation.

Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization on Jan. 1.

“I find that incredibly empowering,” she said. “Some of the women who were allegedly maligned in those appalling emails are now running the place. It’s a form of justice.”

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Gretchen Carlson in as Board Chair of Miss America Organization

Gretchen Carlson is taking over as the head of the board of directors for the Miss America Organization.

Miss America 1989 is stepping into the role just 10 days after CEO Sam Haskell — as well as Miss America’s president and COO Josh Randle and Board chair Lynn Weidner — resigned following significant backlash over leaked emails in which he insulted several contestants.

“Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program,” Carlson said in a statement to the Huffington Post. “In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.”

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Carlson has been a leader in the movement against harassment in the workplace since she sued former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.

Carlson’s entry will mark the first time a former Miss America has served as the leader of the organization in its nearly 100-year history.

Former Miss Americas Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss (Miss America 2012), Heather French Henry (Miss America 2000) and Kate Shindle (Miss America 1998) will also be joining the board.

More to come…

Gretchen Carlson is taking over as the head of the board of directors for the Miss America Organization.

Miss America 1989 is stepping into the role just 10 days after CEO Sam Haskell — as well as Miss America’s president and COO Josh Randle and Board chair Lynn Weidner — resigned following significant backlash over leaked emails in which he insulted several contestants.

“Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program,” Carlson said in a statement to the Huffington Post. “In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.”

Carlson has been a leader in the movement against harassment in the workplace since she sued former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.

Carlson’s entry will mark the first time a former Miss America has served as the leader of the organization in its nearly 100-year history.

Former Miss Americas Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss (Miss America 2012), Heather French Henry (Miss America 2000) and Kate Shindle (Miss America 1998) will also be joining the board.

More to come…

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Former Miss Americas and state directors for the Miss America Organization will help select its new leadership after an email scandal rocked MAO and led to the resignation of key leaders within the group. Dan Meyers, the group’s interim board chairman, said in a statement to the Associated Press that the former Miss Americas and […]

Former Miss Americas and state directors for the Miss America Organization will help select its new leadership after an email scandal rocked MAO and led to the resignation of key leaders within the group. Dan Meyers, the group’s interim board chairman, said in a statement to the Associated Press that the former Miss Americas and […]