CEO Sam Haskell speaks on stage during a Miss America pageant in New Jersey this September.
The CEO of Miss America regularly exchanged expletive-ridden emails in which he or others slut-shamed and name-called young women competing in the iconic beauty pageant, a trove of leaked correspondences revealed Thursday.
The emails, obtained by HuffPost, paint a disturbing picture of how CEO Sam Haskell frequently used shocking and sexually-charged terms to refer to contestants, including 2013 winner Mallory Hagan and Gretchen Carlson, the ex-Fox News anchor who won the pageant in 1989.
The 62-year-old executive's harshly worded correspondences at times took on the entire pageant community.
In an August 2014 email to a prominent Miss America telecast writer, Haskell said that he wanted to stop calling former contestants "Forever Miss Americas" and instead refer to them as "Former Miss Americas."
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"I'd already changed 'Forevers' to 'C---s.' Does that work for you?" the writer, Lewis Friedman, responded.
Within minutes, Haskell replied, "Perfect…bahahaha."
Haskell appears to have particular disdain for Hagan.
In the summer of 2014, Haskell forwarded an email to Friedman and two other executives from someone he knew who had commented about Hagan's sex life and recent weight gain.