Miss America 2013 Rips CEO After He's Caught Mocking Her: 'I Am Disgusted'
The CEO of the Miss America pageant is under fire over shocking leaked emails in which he degrades former winners.
"OMG she is huge... and gross," CEO Sam Haskell writes about 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan in one of the emails.
The lead writer for the pageant also made a cruel crack: "Mallory’s preparing for her new career… as a blimp in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade."
When she saw the emails for herself, Hagan was struck by the remarks.
"I am disgusted that this many people would be willing to have this type of conversation in a women's empowerment program," Hagan told Inside Edition.
Two months after Hagan was crowned, photos were published of her in the same black bikini that she wore in the swimsuit competition. Cruel internet trolls called her fat but she had no idea that top executives within the Miss America organization would join in.
"This type of conversation about me and other Miss Americas has been going on for years," Hagan told Inside Edition.
Other emails, which were leaked in a report this week by The Huffington Post, showed Hagan was slut-shamed by Miss America officials. In one email, the writer asked the CEO: "Are we four the only ones not to have (expletive) Mallory?"
A reply was, "It appears we are the only ones!"
Haskell then added: "We lost count of the number of men she slept with at 25."
Hagan said there is no excuse for men in such an organization to be speaking that way.
Also targeted in the leaked emails was 1998 Miss America Kate Shindle, after she released a book that was critical of the Miss America organization.
Writer Lewis Friedman emailed about the death of another former Miss America, saying, "it should have been Kate Shindle."
And the CEO replied, "Even in my sadness you can make me laugh..."
The Miss America organization has fired Friedman, but many are calling for more heads to roll.
“Every...executive and board member who engaged in such crude behavior and signed off on it like it was no big deal should resign immediately," TV personality Gretchen Carlson, who was crowned Miss America in 1989, told Inside Edition. "The Miss America organization, which is tasked to uphold an almost 100-year-old tradition of female empowerment and scholarship, deserves better."
Haskell is apologizing for the emails but Dick Clark Productions, which has produced the TV pageant for years, announced Friday that it was cutting ties to the pageant.