Former Miss America Mallory Hagan celebrated the appointment of Gretchen Carlson as head of Miss America following an email scandal that rocked the organization.
“We did it. So proud to #StandUP and #befierce with these amazing people: @brent338 @GretchenCarlson @kateshindle,” the 2013 winer of the pageant tweeted Monday. (RELATED: Miss America Board Members In Hot Water Over ‘Inappropriate’ Emails About Past Winners)
— Mallory Hagan (@ItsMalloryHagan) January 1, 2018
Carlson, the winner of the pageant in 1989, was appointed Monday as the chair of the organization along with three past title holders to the board of directors in the wake of leaked emails that revealed personal insults about former pageant winners, including comments about Hagan’s personal appearance. CEO Sam Haskell and several other board members stepped down as a result.
The shout out in Hagan’s tweet to Brent Adams was referencing his decision to share those emails with Dick Clark productions earlier this year, which resulted in the company cutting ties with the pageant, according to the Los Angeles Times Tuesday.
“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 Monday in a statement. “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.”
Last week, Hagan and past winners called the board’s plan to find new leadership “laughable” and insulting after they suggested existing members of the board would be part of a search committee to find new leaders.