State pageant directors have been critical of Miss America leaders, including Gretchen Carlson. Now, executives are moving to replace the officials.
In the weeks before the Miss America competition in September, various factions of the pageant faithful were at war over changes to the traditional Atlantic City event implemented by new pageant leaders.
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Somehow, the pageant weathered the drama long enough to crown Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin, onstage at Boardwalk Hall.
Now, the pageant’s internal strife is entering the public arena once again. The Associated Press reports that pageant leaders have terminated the licenses of several state pageants, including the Miss New Jersey pageant.
Miss America has already moved to replace the directors of five other state pageants. Now, the pageant’s home state, along with Florida and New York, have been added to that group, which includes Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Georgia, and Tennessee as well as Colorado, where state leaders quit in protest.
Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989, is the chairwoman of the Miss America board, while Regina Hopper is the CEO of the Atlantic City-based Miss America Organization. Both leaders were installed in the wake of a 2017 scandal over the previous CEO’s offensive emails, which contained misogynistic statements and insults about former Miss Americas.
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In an effort to rebrand the pageant for the modern woman, Carlson and Hopper announced in June that Miss America would be dropping its swimsuit competition after nearly 100 years on the boardwalk. (The pageant began in 1921 as a bather’s revue.) The decision sharply divided pageant volunteers, state directors, former Miss Americas and contestants.
The reigning Miss New Jersey, Jaime Gialloreto, who hails from Woolwich Township, was among those who lamented the loss of the swimsuits.
State directors, including Sally Johnston, the executive director of the Miss New Jersey Education Foundation (the New Jersey pageant), signed a letter calling for the resignation of Carlson, Hopper and the Miss America board.
“‘Miss America 2.0’ is simply a title for the same old tactics of obfuscation and fear-based governance,” the letter read.
Former Miss Americas also started a petition to oust Carlson, Hopper and the board.
“They shook up the wrong people,” Gialloreto told NJ Advance Media before the pageant got underway in Atlantic City. “When you upset them, they’re going to speak out.”
Those asking for the leaders to resign claimed they had been misled by the executives to believe that ABC would drop the pageant broadcast if they did not support the exit of the swimsuit portion, which was not the case.
Some accused Carlson, who had emerged as a strong voice in the #MeToo movement after her sexual harassment lawsuit against her former Fox boss Roger Ailes, of conflating #MeToo with Miss America. It was a charge Carlson denied.
But critics within the Miss America community, which includes volunteers across the nation at the local and state level, said they were more concerned that Carlson and Hopper had not been transparent in their leadership.
The conflict was further inflamed when Cara Mund, then the reigning Miss America, spoke out against pageant leaders in a long, scathing letter in which she accused Carlson of bullying and silencing her during her reign. The pageant commissioned an investigation of Mund’s claims and determined they were without merit, but Mund maintains that her allegations are valid and that the investigation was flawed, since she was not interviewed.
State pageants that have had their licenses revoked are required to divert scholarship money to the Miss America Organization. Each year, winners of the Miss New Jersey title are awarded a $12,000 scholarship.
The states whose licenses have been revoked have 10 days to appeal the decision. After an appeal hearing is granted, Miss America executives can move to replace the state’s leadership.
Sally Johnston has guided Miss New Jersey titleholders for more than 50 years at the pageant, including when the event moved to Las Vegas for eight years before its return to Atlantic City in 2013.
NJ Advance Media has reached out to Johnston, Miss New Jersey, Jaime Gialloreto, and the Miss America Organization for comment.
As in years past, the Miss America pageant, despite its “Miss America 2.0” rebranding effort, was down in the ratings with the September broadcast, its first without a swimsuit competition.
The pageant drew 4.3 million viewers, a decrease from 5.4 million in 2017.
This story contains material from The Associated Press
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