Miss America terminates agreements with NJ, NY and FL

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss America state groups in three more states have had their licenses revoked by the Miss America Organization following a bitter, high-stakes clash between state pageants and the national leadership headed by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson.

The Miss America Organization sent termination letters Friday to New Jersey, New York, and Florida.

So far, the parent organization has sent termination letters to seven states, and leaders in an eighth state have resigned in protest.


The latest targets included the pageant’s current and traditional home — New Jersey, whose Boardwalk Hall hosts it each year in Atlantic City — and the state that has produced four of the last six Miss Americas (New York).

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Earlier this year, the Miss America Organization had moved against Georgia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, while Colorado’s leaders quit.

The letter to Florida cites ‘‘the State Organization’s default under the Agreement,’’ but does not spell out what the violations were.

The turmoil involves a revolt by dozens of states against the national leadership of the pageant headed by Carlson.

State officials say their dissatisfaction stems not from this year’s elimination of swimsuits, but by the way Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper have run the organization since taking over in January.

associated press