Gretchen Carlson stepped down as board chairwoman of Miss America — following reports of behind-the-scenes feuds over the elimination of the pageant’s swimsuit competition.
The former Miss America was part of the leadership group that cut the swimsuit competition, prompting some state pageants to call for her and the rest of the board to step down.
Reps from nearly two dozen state pageants signed a petition last July calling for the board’s resignations, while 30 former Miss Americas signed their own letter expressing their full support of Carlson.
Carlson released a statement saying she was “extremely proud of the work we have collectively done.”
“With a promising network partnership, the time is ideal to give new leadership the opportunity to move forward with what has been accomplished,” Carlson said. “Miss America will always be a part of who I am and I will enthusiastically watch as the organization continues to grow and succeed.”
Carlson will be replaced by Shantel Krebs, a former South Dakota secretary of state, and remain as an adviser to the board during the transition.
Miss America CEO Regina Hopper said, “We are grateful for the talents, expertise and time Gretchen gave to move this organization to relevancy, diversity and inclusion for a new generation of young women. We are thrilled she will continue to move this transition forward as an adviser to the board as we work toward a successful Miss America 2020 on NBC, and the 100th anniversary of this American icon in 2021.”
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