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Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 3:23PM EDT
Miss America Cara Mund: It's "possible" Gretchen Carlson will fire me
Source: USA Today
During an appearance on Good Morning America, Mund took issue with Carlson's statement that she should've reached out to the Miss America pageant CEO. Mund says she began raising concerns in January and reached out directly to the board in May and June. With less than three weeks left in her reign, Mund said it was "possible" that she could lose her crown.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 10:18PM EDT
19 former Miss America winners call for Gretchen Carlson and her pageant board to resign
Former Miss America Caressa Cameron-Jackson spoke out in support of current Miss America Cara Mund on Good Morning America, saying she's got the backing of 18 other former titleholders in calling for new Miss America Organization chair Carlson to resign. “It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing,” said Cameron-Jackson, the 2010 Miss America.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 7:59AM EDT
Gretchen Carlson pens open letter to Miss America Cara Mund: "I have never bullied or silenced you"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Miss America Pageant chair tweeted an open letter response Sunday night to reigning Miss America Mund's open letter accusing Carlson and the pageant's leadership of bullying, manipulating and silencing her. Carlson explains that she's been unsuccessful in her attempts to reach Mund since her open letter came out Friday, as Mund only wants to communicate via email. The former Fox News anchor goes on to write she was "surprised and saddened" by Mund's letter. "I also want to be clear that I have never bullied or silenced you," she writes. "In fact, I have acknowledged to you and your parents many times that the organization understands the frustrations of serving during such a change-filled and stressful year." Since Mund's letter came out, Carlson writes, "we learned that $75,000 in scholarships which would have been the first scholarship increase in years, is no longer on the table as a direct result of the explosive allegations in your letter. The impact won’t stop there — we are already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization, and I am so concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown." ALSO: Two former Miss Americas are expected to denounce Carlson Monday on Megyn Kelly Today.
Posted Saturday 8/18/18 at 6:39AM EDT
Gretchen Carlson responds to reigning Miss America's accusations: "I have never bullied Cara Mund"
The current Miss America Mund alleged that new Miss America Organization chair Carlson and her new CEO Regina Hopper silenced, marginalized and bullied her. “I want to be clear that as a proponent of women my entire life, I have never bullied Cara Mund,” Carlson responded in an interview with People magazine. “We have supported Cara for her entire year and we will continue to support her. It’s just disappointing that she chose to air her grievance publicly and not privately.”
Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 6:27PM EDT
Miss America winner accuses Gretchen Carlson of bullying and silencing her -- pageant fires back
Reigning Miss America Cara Mund has written a letter to her fellow Miss Americas complaining about the treatment she's received from Miss America Organization chair Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper. "Let me be blunt: I strongly believe that my voice is not heard nor wanted by our current leadership; nor do they have any interest in knowing who I am and how my experiences relate to positioning the organization for the future,” Mund wrote. “Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis. After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive behavior, belittlement, and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll.” The Miss America Organization responded to Mund's letter by calling her allegations "unfounded": “The Miss America Organization supports Cara," the pageant said in a statement. "It is disappointing that she chose to air her grievances publicly not privately. Her letter contains mischaracterizations and many unfounded accusations. We are reaching out to her privately to address her concerns.” ALSO: Who would have thought that a beauty pageant operating in 2018 would still have issues?