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Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Gretchen Carlson in Fox News movie Fair and Balanced
Kidman is set to join Charlize Theron, who was cast as Megyn Kelly in May. Meanwhile, Margot Robbie is in talks to play a fictional Fox News associate producer named Kayla Pospisil in the film about the women of Fox News, and not necessarily about former Fox News boss Roger Ailes.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
Gretchen Carlson's detractors fear she's attaching her #MeToo mission to the Miss America pageant
Source: The Washington Post
Carlson's leadership, including last month's shock announcement that the swimsuit competition would be scrapped, has divided the Miss America pageant world. According to Amy Argetsinger, "many feel that Carlson’s team misled the pageant world about the reason for last month’s surprise announcement to drop the swimsuit competition and that this year’s contestants are left with a hazy sense of the rules for the Sept. 9 competition. Carlson responded in an interview: 'Change is difficult.'" Argetsinger adds that Carlson's detractors fret that she "is projecting her own brand — as a fierce, brainy commentator who helped launch a movement when she sued Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment — on an organization that, for all its eager attempts at social relevance, still wants to be fun." Carlson's critics also say they are concerned about "transparency." State pageant directors were told the swimsuit competition might affect Miss America's home at ABC, but they then noticed that ABC already shows more risqué subject matter on The Bachelor. Meanwhile, Carlson denies misleading anyone, and calls her detractors a "vocal minority."
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Gretchen Carlson defends Miss America changes amid backlash
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The changes ushered in by Carlson has resulted in behind-the-scenes drama. Additionally, reps from 22 stage pageants want Carlson and her board to resign, while the former Fox News host has received the support of 30 former Miss America winners. "This board unanimously decided we needed to move this program forward," Carlson, the new Miss America Organization chair, said on Good Morning America, addressing criticism that she forced the changes herself. "We’re working through this in the best way we can," Carlson said of dealing with the backlash. "We believe that physical appearance and beauty and being fit — that is empowering. We’re just not going to judge women on that."
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Megyn Kelly defends Miss America swimsuit competition, criticizes former Fox News colleague Gretchen Carlson's pageant changes
Source: The Daily Beast
Both Kelly and Carlson left Fox News after accusing Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Yet Kelly criticized the major change made by her former colleague, who is now chair of the Miss America Organization and who spearheaded the elimination of the swimsuit competition. “What’s wrong with showing women in bikinis?” Kelly said on Megyn Kelly Today, adding: “What’s wrong with the bathing suits? They look amazing, they worked hard for it, they’re fit. I find it inspirational to see a really fit woman.” When told the swimsuits objectify women, Kelly responded: “Is it objectification if the woman wants it?" She added: “The reality is, no one is going to want to watch the pageant."
Posted Sunday 7/08/18 at 6:39PM EDT
Miss America behind-the-scenes drama: Did Gretchen Carlson's ascension lead to The Bachelor creator's wife's departure?
Source: Page Six
The Miss America Organization's board of directors, under the leadership of new chair Carlson, saw the departures of four members, including two former Miss Americas and two former state titleholders. One of the former Miss Americas to exit was Laura Kaeppler Fleiss, Miss America 2012 and wife of The Bachelor franchise creator Mike Fleiss. Page Six reports that the four former board members disagreed with Carlson's leadership, resulting in an adversarial relationship.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
Why Miss America is still indefensible, even without the swimsuit competition
New Miss America Organization chair Gretchen Carlson's announcement that it's now a "competition" and not a "pageant" doesn't mean much, says Christina Cauterucci. "No," she says, "I don’t think the pageant is notably more progressive without the swimsuit shtick. Without any judgment of physical appearance, the Miss America competition almost becomes less defensible—what are the judges judging, if not a woman’s ability to mold her body to conventionally desirable proportions? The remaining components of the pageant—talent, interview, on-stage questions, and the new conversation with judges about life goals—don’t lend themselves to a cohesive vision of best-ness any better than they did when evening gowns and swimsuits were part of the rubric. If women wanted to showcase their tap-dancing or piano skills, they’d audition for America’s Got Talent. If they wanted to get better at answering on-the-spot questions about current events, they’d join a debate league or mock trial."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Can Miss America succeed with its #MeToo era reboot?
"We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition," Gretchen Carlson, the new Miss America board of directors chair, said this morning while announcing changes including the dropping of the swimsuit competition. As Mary Elizabeth Williams explains, Miss America's changes had to happen. "The pageant — I'm sorry, competition — had to change if it was to survive at all," she says. "Mired in scandal and its own outdatedness, a bold revamp was the only chance it had to endure. But Miss America now also runs a high risk of fake positivity, the kind of tut tutting that makes conventional looking people and their admirers feel benevolent. The close cousin of true diversity is always tokenism, and it'll be interesting to see the women who now come forward to compete, and how the judges assess them."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Miss America drops swimsuit competition: "We are no longer a pageant"
“We are a competition," explained Gretchen Carlson in announcing that Miss America will no longer judge based on physical appearances. Carlson, the former Miss America who was named chair of the Miss America Organization board of trustees after the pageant's CEO resigned in scandal last December, revealed the news on Good Morning America this morning. She had promised a "tsunami" of changes at the Miss America Organization. Carlson says the swimsuit competition will be replaced by a live interactive session with the judges. “We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore,” said Carlson.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 2:49PM EDT
Gretchen Carlson to host Lifetime's "Justice for Women" Sunday night programming block
Carlson will present the two-hour themed night, premiering on June 18 and consisting of Live PD: Women on Patrol, which she'll narrate, and Season 4 of Escaping Polygamy.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Gretchen Carlson signs A&E deal, will take on sexual harassment on Lifetime's The Brave with Gretchen Carlson
The former Fox News anchor will host at least three specials on A&E Networks that focus on sexual misconduct.
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 5:43PM EST
Epix's America Divided enlists correspondents Gretchen Carlson, Nick Offerman, Diane Guerrero, Jussie Smollett and more
Season 2 of the docuseries will tackle a different topic with each episode, with former Fox News host Carlson examining sexual misconduct in Congress.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 12:04PM EST
Gretchen Carlson: “Potentially big changes” are coming to the Miss America pageant
Source: USA Today
"I have so many great ideas for this organization, and I will be talking about those with all the other board members and the eventual CEO of Miss America and staff of Miss America," the Former Fox News host said of her new role as the new chair of the Miss America pageant’s board. "So what I would love to say about that is, please stay tuned, because I plan to make this organization 100% about empowering women. Changes are coming — potentially big changes."
Posted Tuesday 1/02/18 at 7:20AM EST
Gretchen Carlson tapped to lead the Miss America pageant through its harassment scandal
Source: The New York Times
The former Fox News anchor will serve as chairwoman of the pageant’s board of directors to clean up the mess left by former CEO Sam Haskell, who resigned shortly before Christmas after his emails exposed his nasty comments about past Miss America winners. Carlson will be joined on the board by three other former Miss America winners. “Honored to move this iconic program forward with so many amazing volunteers,” Carlson tweeted in announcing the news.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 2:05PM EST
49 former Miss Americas, including Gretchen Carlson, are demanding a leadership change
BeBe Shopp Waring, 87, who was crowned in 1948, is among the 49 former Miss Americas demanding not only that Miss America CEO Sam Haskell step down, but the senior leadership of the pageant as well. The are speaking out following the revelation that Haskell made disparaging remarks about them via email.
Posted Wednesday 12/06/17 at 7:07PM EST
Why did Time magazine omit Gretchen Carlson from its “Silence Breakers” Person of the Year issue?
Carlson should be considered an anti-sexual harassment groundbreaker for taking on Fox News boss Roger Ailes last year, according to Yashar Ali. He says Carlson has had a greater impact on exposing sexual harassment in the workplace than other “Silence Breakers” whom Time mentioned, including Taylor Swift and Carlson’s former Fox News colleague Megyn Kelly.