Oxford's Sam Haskell criticized for emails as Miss America CEO

Report: Miss America CEO Sam Haskell accused of sexist remarks, offensive emails

Report: Miss America CEO Sam Haskell accused of sexist remarks, offensive emails

An investigative story published by the Huffington Post Thursday details a sexist behind-the-scenes atmosphere at the Miss America pageant including accusations of sexually derogatory remarks of name calling and body shaming by MS resident and pageant CEO Sam Haskell.

Other emails reviewed by the website show Haskell with less than favorable remarks about certain former Miss Americas. That same email exchange showed both Haskell and Friedman speculating about how many men she had had sex with. That same former title holder, Mallory Hagan, also was ridiculed over a bathing suit photo in which she appeared to have gained weight from when she competed in and won the pageant.

The emails have cost the pageant its television production partner, and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year.

According to the Associated Press, Dick Clark Productions was made aware of the emails several months ago.

When Haskell was asked by email to respond, the Miss America Organization issued a statement saying the writer was later fired and the board of directors has full confidence in the organization's leadership team. "Shortly thereafter, we resigned our board positions and notified MAO that we were terminating our relationship with them". The statement did not say if he had apologized to the women mentioned by name in the emails, or whether such an apology was conveyed to them. "The Board of Directors took the allegations very seriously, investigated them, and considers the matter closed".

Haskell, 62, who grew up in Amory and now lives in Oxford, did not make any comments to the Huffington Post about the accusations.

Hagan responded to the story on her Twitter account in part with one post that said #FireSamHaskell.

"It appears we are the only ones!"

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