>> Gretchen Carlson will be the next chair of the Miss America organization. The former Fox News anchor, who was named Miss America in 1989, wrote on Twitter that she was, quote, honored to move this iconic program forward. Carlson is stepping in after emails published by the Huffington Post last month showed that the pageant's CEO making lewd and insulting remarks about some contestants.
He resigned two days later. Carlson was 1 of 49 pageant winners who signed a letter demanding the resignation. She became a voice for victims of sexual harassment after her lawsuit against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Carlson accused Ailes of retaliating against her after she rebuffed his sexual overtures.
Her claims led to Ailes leaving the station in 2016. The Miss America board will now include three other former winners. Among them, Kate Shindle, who won in 1998. Shindle was singled out by the former CEO in the leaked emails. In a statement, Shindle and Carlson said, quote, the women of Miss America are determined to take back our program.