“The battle lines have grown deeper behind the scenes at the Miss America Organization,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports, noting that a controversy erupted over the weekend surrounding the exits of four board members who are leaving after just months on the job under the organization’s new chairwoman, Gretchen Carlson.
The former Fox News Channel host took over this year, and recently announced that the Miss America pageant is dropping the swimsuit competition.
“Now reps from 22 state pageants have signed a petition calling for the resignations of the remaining board, including Carlson,” The Post reports. “But reports said 30 former Miss Americas then signed their own letter expressing full support for Carlson and the board. One insider pointed out to Page Six of the latest moves that it’s the state organizations that have more power — calling the former Miss Americas ‘a social club’ and ‘not a stakeholder with anything at risk.’”