Folks split over leadership and direction of Miss America organization

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ. (AP) - Former Miss America winners and state pageant officials are split over the leadership and direction of the organization which was rocked by a 2017 scandal that led to the resignations of its top official and trustee board.

The Press of Atlantic City reports Saturday that representatives from 22 state pageants have signed a petition calling for the resignations of the new Miss America board, including Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and President and CEO Regina Hopper. The petition expresses a vote of "no confidence."

But in another letter, 30 former Miss Americas tell The Press they "fully support" Carlson and board members "who are and have been working tirelessly to move our program forward."

Miss America's overhaul was triggered by a December email scandal in which Miss America officials mocked winners' intelligence, looks and sex lives.