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49 former Miss Americas call on pageant CEO to resign

Mallory Hagan, Gretchen Carlson and 47 other former Miss Americas signed an open letter demanding th..

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  • Mallory Hagan, Gretchen Carlson and 47 other former Miss Americas signed an open letter demanding that CEO Sam Haskell step down
  • Emails reveal that Haskell regularly exchanged expletive-laden emails in which he or others slut-shamed and name-called young women
  • Haskell suggested that he and another executive were the only ones who hadn't slept with 2013 winner Mallory Hagan
  • He also fat-shamed Hagan after a photo of her in a bikini surfaced
  • When Carlson would not attack a former Miss America who wrote a book in which she criticized Haskell, he wanted to drive Carlson 'insane'

By Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 15:18 EST, 22 December 2017 | Updated: 16:55 EST, 22 December 2017

Three former Miss Americas who were attacked and mocked in leaked emails from the pageant's CEO were joined by nearly four dozen other title holders on Friday in calling on Sam Haskell and other organization leaders to resign in the wake of the scandal.

The Huffington Post reported on Thursday that Haskell regularly exchanged expletive-ridden emails, in which he or others slut-shamed and name-called former title winners.

In the emails, which the paper says it received from two sources. CEO Sam Haskell frequently used shocking and sexually-explicit terms to refer to contestants, including 2013 winner Mallory Hagan and Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host who won the pageant in 1989.

Hagan's weight gain and allegedly promiscuous sex life were derided in the correspondence in harsh terms.

'My hope is that this story that broke will bring light to the type of behavior that's been in leadership of the Miss America Organization and really help us put in place some people who care and who embody the mission of Miss America,' Hagan said. 'Having somebody bully you, demean you, degrade you in any way is not OK.'

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In the emails Haskell frequently used shocking and sexually-charged terms to refer to contestants, including 2013 winner Mallory Hagan (pictured) and Gretchen Carlson, the ex-Fox News anchor who won the pageant in 1989In the emails Haskell frequently used shocking and sexually-charged terms to refer to contestants, including 2013 winner Mallory Hagan and Gretchen Carlson (pictured), the ex-Fox News anchor who won the pageant in 1989In the emails Haskell frequently used shocking and sexually-charged terms to refer to contestants, including 2013 winner Mallory Hagan and Gretchen Carlson (pictured), the ex-Fox News anchor who won the pageant in 1989

In leaked emails, Miss America CEO Sam Haskell frequently used shocking and sexually-charged terms to refer to contestants, including 2013 winner Mallory Hagan (left) and Gretchen Carlson (right), the ex-Fox News anchor who won the pageant in 1989

A CALL TO RESIGN: The petition signed by 49 Miss Americas

We, the undersigned Miss Americas, represent decades of the powerful history and legacy of the Miss America Organization in the near-century of its existence. We are deeply disturbed and saddened to learn of the sickening and egregious words used by Miss America leadership in reference both to our group and to specific members of our sisterhood.

As dedicated members of communities, businesses and families, and ambassadors for the Miss America program across the country, we stand firmly against harassment, bullying and shaming – especially of women – through the use of derogatory terms mean to belittle and demean. As Miss Americas, we strongly reject the mischaracterization of us both collectively and individually. We also reject the ongoing efforts to divide our sisterhood and the attempts to pit us against one another.

We believe in empowering and supporting young women as they work to achieve their professional and academic goals. Each of us participated in the Miss America program for these reasons, and we are proud that each woman in this program is well-educated, talented and strong.

The behavior of the Miss America Organization leadership, specifically Sam Haskell, Josh Randle, Tammy Haddad and Lynn Weidner, is despicable, as well as the behavior of those who sat by without objection while such derisive comments were passed around. We collectively call for their immediate resignation. We also ask for those who revere the Miss America legacy to join us in preserving the integrity of the Miss America Organization and in supporting all women, rather than tearing them down.

BeBe Shopp Waring, Miss America 1948

Lee Meriwether, 1955

Sharon Kay Ritchie, 1958

Nancy Fleming, 1961

Maria Beale Fletcher, 1962

Jacquelyn Mayer, 1963

Jane Jayroe Gamble, 1967

judi ford Nash, 1969

Laurel Schaefer Bozoukoff, 1972

Terry Meeuwsen, 1973

Rebecca King Dreman, 1974

Tawny Godin, 1976

Dorothy Benham, 1977

Susan Perkins Botsford, 1978

Kylene Barker, 1979

Susan Powell, 1981

Elizabeth Ward Gracen, 1982

Suzette DeGaetano-Charles, 1984

Sharlene Wells Hawkes, 1985

Kaye Lani Rafko-Wilson, 1988

Gretchen Carlson, 1989

Debbye Turner Bell, 1990

Marjorie Vincent-Tripp, 1991

Carolyn Sapp, 1992

Leanza Cornett, 1993

Kimberly Aiken Cockerham, 1994

Heather Whitestone McCallum, 1995

shawntel Smith Wuerch, 1996

Tara Dawn Christensen, 1997

Kate Shindle, 1998

Nicole Johnson, 1999

Heather French Henry, 2000

Angela Baraquio Grey, 2001

Katie Herman Ebner, 2002

Erika Harold, 2003

Ericka Dunlap, 2004

Deidre Downs Gunn, 2005

Jennifer Berry Gooden, 2006

Lauren Nelson Faram, 2007

Kirsen Haglund, 2008

Katie Stam Irk, 2009

Caressa Cameron Jackson, 2010

Teresa Scanlan, 2011

Laura Kaeppeler, 2012

Mallory Hagan, 2013

ninaDavuluri, 2014

kira Kazantsev, 2015

Betty Cantrell, 2016

Savvy Shields, 2017

'Resign now': Carlos tweeted that she was shocked by Haskell's statements and called for his immediate ouster from the organization 'Resign now': Carlos tweeted that she was shocked by Haskell's statements and called for his immediate ouster from the organization 

'Resign now': Carlos tweeted that she was shocked by Haskell's statements and called for his immediate ouster from the organization

In response to a follower's tweet suggesting that Hagan should take responsibility for her actions, the former pageant winner argued that Haskell had no right to discuss her sex lifeIn response to a follower's tweet suggesting that Hagan should take responsibility for her actions, the former pageant winner argued that Haskell had no right to discuss her sex life

In response to a follower's tweet suggesting that Hagan should take responsibility for her actions, the former pageant winner argued that Haskell had no right to discuss her sex life

Speaking to Newsweek Friday, Hagan said she is considering taking legal action against Haskell.

In some exchanges, a former writer for the pageant notes the death of one former Miss America, and muses that he wished it had been 1998 Miss America Kate Shindle that had died instead. Shindle wrote a book critical of the Miss America Organization. Haskell responded to the email, indicating it made him laugh.

Hagan posted an emotional video on Twitter decrying the leaked emails in which she was slut-shamed and derided  Hagan posted an emotional video on Twitter decrying the leaked emails in which she was slut-shamed and derided  

Hagan posted an emotional video on Twitter decrying the leaked emails in which she was slut-shamed and derided

'The entire board of directors must immediately resign, including and especially Sam Haskell,' Shindle wrote in a statement posted on Twitter, adding that 'it [the content of the emails] makes me physically ill.'

And Haskell wrote of tactics that would drive 1989 Miss America Carlson 'insane.'

The Huffington Post reported that the former Fox & Friends co-host had clashed with Haskell and pageant officials over her push to modernize the organization, and her refusal to attack other former Miss America winners.

Carlson wrote on Twitter that any board member or official who tolerated such conduct should resign immediately.

'No woman should be demeaned with such vulgar slurs,' she wrote.

Carlson, Hagan and Shindle have received the support of 46 fellow Miss America winners dating back to the 1940s, who on Friday signed an open letter demanding that Haskell and other pageant executives step down over their 'despicable'.

Among the signatories were Miss America 1948 BeBe Shopp Waring and this year's winner, Savvy Shields. Every woman who was crowned Miss America from 1988 until 2017 joined the call for the leadership's ouster.

In 2014, the 1998 winner Kate Shindle (pictured) wrote a book in which she questioned the Miss America board’s decision to pay Haskell a $500,000 consulting fee. In an email to Haskell giving his condolences on a past winner's death, telewriter Lewis Friedman wrote as the email subject: 'It should have been Kate Shindle'In 2014, the 1998 winner Kate Shindle (pictured) wrote a book in which she questioned the Miss America board’s decision to pay Haskell a $500,000 consulting fee. In an email to Haskell giving his condolences on a past winner's death, telewriter Lewis Friedman wrote as the email subject: 'It should have been Kate Shindle'

In 2014, the 1998 winner Kate Shindle (pictured) wrote a book in which she questioned the Miss America board’s decision to pay Haskell a $500,000 consulting fee. In an email to Haskell giving his condolences on a past winner's death, telewriter Lewis Friedman wrote as the email subject: 'It should have been Kate Shindle'

Shindle released a statement on Twitter demanding that Haskell and the entire Board of Directors immediately resign

The Miss America Organization said Thursday night that Haskell, 62, has apologized, and that the group is revising its policies regarding communications, adding it considers the matter closed.

On Friday, Atlantic City's incoming Democratic mayor, Frank Gilliam Jr., and two state Assemblymen – Republican Chris Brown and Democrat Vince Mazzeo – called on the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to end its partial subsidy of the pageant, which has about $4million left on it.

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.

Dick Clark Productions told The Associated Press Thursday night that it cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them 'appalling.'

Sam Haskell's leaked email exchanges at times took on the entire pageant community.

Haskell (pictured, September 2017) has apologized for his statements, according to the Miss America Organization Haskell (pictured, September 2017) has apologized for his statements, according to the Miss America Organization 

Haskell (pictured, September 2017) has apologized for his statements, according to the Miss America Organization

In an August 2014 email to a prominent Miss America telecast writer, Haskell said that he wanted to stop calling former contestants 'Forever Miss Americas' and instead refer to them as 'Former Miss Americas.'

'I'd already changed "Forevers!" to "c***s". Does that work for you?' the writer, Lewis Friedman, responded.

Haskell replied: 'Perfect… bahahaha.'

The comments are in stark contrast to the glowing, supportive statements Haskell repeatedly made in public about past title winners.

In the summer of 2014, Haskell forwarded an email to other executives from someone he knew who had commented about Mallory Hagan's sex life and recent weight gain.

'Not a single day passes that I am not told some horrible story about Mallory,' Haskell wrote.

Friedman replied: 'As she continue to destroy her own credibility, her voice will attract less and less notice while she continues her descent to an unhappy pathetic footnote…Ps. Are we four the only ones not to have f****d Mallory?'

'It appears we are the only ones!' Haskell wrote, adding that he told the mother of a man Hagan had supposedly slept with that 'he needs to have a blood test because we lost count of the number of men she slept with at 25.'

Later, Hagan was publicly fat-shamed for a bikini photo that surfaced showing that she had gained some weight after the pageant. Haskell said nothing publicly about the images at the time but fat-shamed her internally.

In the summer of 2014, Haskell wrote in an email that he and another executive were the only ones who hadn't slept with Mallory Hagan (pictured, March 2013)In the summer of 2014, Haskell wrote in an email that he and another executive were the only ones who hadn't slept with Mallory Hagan (pictured, March 2013)

In the summer of 2014, Haskell wrote in an email that he and another executive were the only ones who hadn't slept with Mallory Hagan (pictured, March 2013)

Later, Hagan was publicly fat-shamed for a bikini photo that surfaced (not pictured). Haskell said nothing publicly about the images at the time but fat-shamed her internallyLater, Hagan was publicly fat-shamed for a bikini photo that surfaced (not pictured). Haskell said nothing publicly about the images at the time but fat-shamed her internally

Later, Hagan was publicly fat-shamed for a bikini photo that surfaced (not pictured). Haskell said nothing publicly about the images at the time but fat-shamed her internally

Another incident involved former Fox News host Gretchen Carslon. In August 2014, Miss American board member Lynn Weidner sent an email to a group of former Miss Americas, including Carlson.

The email concerned a book 1998 Miss American winner Kate Shindle wrote in which she questioned the Miss America board’s decision to pay Haskell a $500,000 consulting fee.

Weidner asked: 'Is it possible for each of you to speak out in defense of Sam and the organization?”

Carlson replied: 'It’s one thing to talk about your own personal experience as Miss America… but totally different to attack people individually.'

Haskell forwarded Carlson’s response to board member Tammy Haddad, who replied to Haskell: 'Snake but now u have not doubts as to her loyalty. Makes it easy not to respond. Right?'

Just before Shindle’s book came out, Haddad emailed Haskell and referenced an email former Miss America Susan Powell wrote that was supportive of Haskell.

Miss America board members Tammy Haddad (pictured) and Lynn Weidner were the recipients and senders of some of the emails exchanged with HaskellMiss America board members Tammy Haddad (pictured) and Lynn Weidner were the recipients and senders of some of the emails exchanged with HaskellMiss America board members Tammy Haddad  and Lynn Weidner (pictured) were the recipients and senders of some of the emails exchanged with HaskellMiss America board members Tammy Haddad  and Lynn Weidner (pictured) were the recipients and senders of some of the emails exchanged with Haskell

Miss America board members Tammy Haddad (left) and Lynn Weidner (right) were the recipients and senders of some of the emails exchanged with Haskell

Haddad suggested: 'Why don’t u read [former Miss America] susan POWELL’s email on the board call and say it’s a shame that only one miss america who has come forward to offer help in any way.' Haddad was referring to an email Powell had written that was supportive of Haskell.

Haskell replied: 'Brilliant…..f*****g Brilliant!!!! That will drive Gretchen INF*****GSANE.'

In a further attack on Shinldle, Friedman emailed Haskell in December 2014 to offer his condolences on the death of former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley, writing: 'So sorry to hear about Mary Ann Mobley.'

The subject line of Friedman’s email read: 'It should have been Kate Shindle.'

Following the release of the open letter on Friday, Tammy Haddad resigned from the board.

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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