Miss Amer­ica ter­mi­nates agree­ments with NJ, NY and FL

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Wayne Parry As­so­ci­ated Press

AT­LANTIC CITY, N.J. — There they go. 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 on Nov. 30 to New Jer­sey, New York and Flor­ida. The As­so­ci­ated Press ob­tained two of the let­ters, and con­firmed with lead­ers of the third state that it, too, had been re­voked.

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), in­clud­ing the cur­rent Miss Amer­ica, Nia Imani Franklin.

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

The Flor­ida let­ter cites “the State Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s de­fault un­der the Agree­ment,” but does not spell out what the vi­o­la­tions were. The let­ter to New Jer­sey states that its agree­ment with the par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion is not be­ing re­newed.

States whose li­censes are ter­mi­nated can re­quest an ap­peal hear­ing within 10 days. After an ap­peal is heard, the Miss Amer­ica Or­ga­ni­za­tion has the right to seek a new li­censee.

The Miss Amer­ica Or­ga­ni­za­tion de­clined to dis­cuss the shakeup. “The re­vo­ca­tions are sub­ject to a con­fi­den­tial ap­peal process and we are un­able to com­ment on the sta­tus of the li­censees or their lead­er­ship,” it said.

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