Miss America Organization loses TV partner over emails

FILE- In this Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, Sam Haskell, left, CEO of Miss America Organization, speaks during Miss America Pageant arrival ceremonies in Atlantic City, N.J. On Thursday Dec. 21, 2017, the Huffington Post published emails it obtained that show Haskell and others from the Miss America Organization commenting harshly on past winners' appearance, intellect and sex lives. Dick Clark Productions, the pageant's TV production partner, severed ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, which it termed "appalling." (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

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ATLANTIC CITY — Could the Miss America Pageant soon be on its way out of the resort?

State lawmakers Friday called on the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to pull a $4 million state subsidy from the Miss America Organization in the wake of lewd and offensive comments made in emails by pageant CEO Sam Haskell.

What's next for Miss America?

On Thursday, dick clark productions, its TV partner, severed its ties with the organization. Coupled with the dwindling support by the CRDA to spend $4 million a year to keep the pageant in Atlantic City, the Miss America Organization's future here is in doubt.

Staff writers Nicholas Huba and Erin Serpico are joined on the podcast by Lauren Carroll, who is part of the Press' Miss America Team, to talk about the scandal and what is next for the pageant.

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