Atlantic City, Miss America Pageant could be heading for divorce

Atlantic City, Miss America Pageant could be heading for divorce

December 26, 2017 2:42 PM
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Atlantic City and the Miss America Pageant could be heading for a divorce now that a contingent of New Jersey lawmakers has asked the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to pull a $4 million state subsidy from the Miss America Organization in the wake of coarse comments made in emails by pageant CEO Sam Haskell.

The pageant’s television partner, dick clark productions (dcp), cut ties late last week with the Miss America Organization after internal emails surfaced of Haskell, board members and other staff mocking past winners. Without a significant television partner and with recent declining support by the CRDA to spend $4 million per year to keep the pageant in Atlantic City, the Miss America Organization’s future in Atlantic City may be in doubt.

CRDA officials are said to be reviewing their options regarding their financial support for the event.

“The CRDA finds the reports of the Miss America Organization and the behavior of its leadership troubling,” Christopher Howard, executive director of the CRDA, said in a statement Friday. “The CRDA is working with our legal counsel to undertake an immediate review of its contract with the Miss America Organization and dcp to assess what steps we may need to take.”

Several pageant officials, including Haskell, have resigned over the incident.