Gretchen Carlson gets big new gig after fat-shaming and slut-shaming scandal rocks Miss America

Gretchen Carlson was named chair of the Miss America beauty pageant’s board of directors after its previous chairman resigned amid an email scandal where he and other executives made sexist remarks.

Carlson, who won Miss America in 1989, takes over the role immediately, the organization announced in a press release.

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“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,” Carlson said in the statement.

The Miss America Pageant said most of its previous directors “have resigned from the board” ever since damaging emails surfaced last month. In the shocking emails, pageant executives fat-shamed and slut-shamed 2013 Miss America winner Mallory Hagan and referred to former Miss Americas as “c-nts.”

The scandal led to the resignations of pageant CEO Sam Haskell, COO Josh Randle and Chairman Lynn Weidner.

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Carlson was a Fox News host from 2005 until 2016. In July 2016, she filed a lawsuit against then-CEO Roger Ailes claiming he sexually harassed her and retaliated after she refused his advances.

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Gretchen Carlson said she was sexually harassed at Fox News, where she worked from 2005 to 2016. (screengrabs)

Ailes resigned less than a week after Carlson’s lawsuit, which she settled for $20 million in September 2016. Ailes died in May 2017 at age 77 after a fall in his home.

Gretchen Carlson has since been praised by the likes of former Bill Clinton mistress Monica Lewinsky, who called Carlson brave for outing Ailes’ abusive behavior.

Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang is a politics/lifestyle writer and a financial editor. She is a law school graduate and an alum of the University of Pennsylvania. You can find her on Twitter at @Samantha_Chang.
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