— Miss America 1971 and former first lady of Kentucky — sent a letter to former Miss Americas as well as the organization’s leadership announcing that Gretchen Carlson
had asked her to resign.
In the email, obtained by Mediaite
, George wrote that the “strength of this organization is not and has never been about any one person,” before revealing that Carlson had called to request her resignation:
I had planned to continue serving you and our greater purpose as an organization on the board through our 100th anniversary – this will have been 50 years of service since being crowned. However, yesterday Gretchen Carlson called and asked me to resign with her reason being it was what you wanted.
George continued that she wanted to hear from the organization’s leadership before making her decision:
As a result, after taking everything into consideration, I am leaning towards stepping but would like to hear from you first. Please share your feedback, as well as any ideas you have.
Carlson, former Fox News anchor and Miss America 1989, was recently named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors
after its CEO stepped aside last month.
The organization was rocked by a sexual harassment scandal after Yashar Ali published an explosive report in HuffPost
on leaked emails showing now-resigned CEO Sam Haskell
disparaging former Miss Americas in disturbing language.
The email from George presents an immediate and serious challenge to Carlson’s leadership of the embattled organization. She had been seen as an inspired choice to lead Miss America out of the scandal, as her harassment lawsuit against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes
led to his ouster from the network — and she has since become a champion of the #MeToo movement exposing sexual misconduct in the workplace.
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