Carlson's new appointment marks the first time in the pageants near century long history that a former victor has served as leader. "In the end, 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".
The Miss America beauty pageant has chosen a former victor as its chairperson for the first time after a scandal over leaked emails. Shindle also serves as president of the Actors' Equity Association, making her exactly the sort of accomplished and well-rounded woman who should be representing Miss America.
Board member Tammy Haddad and former scriptwriter Lewis Friedman also made eyebrow-raising comments over email.
CEO Sam Haskellresigned from the company on December 23, in addition to former chair Lynn Weidner and Tammy Haddad, a member.
In 2016, Carlson sued her former boss, the late Roger Ailes, alleging harassment and retaliation at the network.
In a statement announcing her appointment as chairperson, the organisation said: "Most previously serving Directors have resigned from the Board". They've spoken: Gretchen Carlson is their new pageant mom.
Haskell, Haddad and several other board members resigned after the emails became public.