The president of Miss America, Gretchen Carlson, and the current Miss America Cara Mund managed to coexist awkwardly in the presentation ceremony of the parade, avoiding any direct mention of the bitter dispute between them.
When 51 hopeful queens made their way to Thursday's event, Mund and Carlson stayed away from each other and did everything possible to look nice to the women.
During his comments, Mund said he was confident that whoever wins this year's competition "will be 100% prepared and supported throughout the year."
When 51 hopeful queens headed for Thursday's presentation ceremony in Atlanta, Queen America Cara Mund and President Gretchen Carlson stayed away from each other
Carlson (pictured) has fought on Twitter with Mund after the reigning champion said he had been "silenced" by parade officials looking to control what he says publicly.
Carlson has fought on Twitter with Mund after the reigning champion said she had been "silenced" by the tournament officials who sought to control what she said publicly.
Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper have also been criticized for their decision to suspend swimwear competition. Many officials of the state parade have asked for the resignation of Carlson and Hopper.
Mund spent most of his time speaking, diverting questions about his August 17 letter criticizing the leadership of the event, saying: "It's all about women competing and we're here to celebrate their achievements."
The 51 women from all over the country who compete in the contest
During his comments, Mund said he was confident that whoever wins this year's competition "will be 100% prepared and supported throughout the year." Miss Iowa and Miss Minnesota appear in the photo
Mund diverted questions about his August 17 letter criticizing the leadership of the contest. She said: "It's all about women competing and we're here to celebrate your accomplishments."
When asked about the letter, Mund said: "I think my letter says, At the same time, I am a product of this organization and I am very grateful for that, I will be able to go to law school because of the scholarship money. I got from this organization. "
Carlson and Hopper separately refused to answer questions after the ceremony.
On Thursday, a lawyer representing Mund said the Miss America Organization had told him he was conducting an internal investigation into Mund's accusations that included, in his words, "bullying and a corrosive work environment." In a letter to the lawyers of the organization, the lawyer Roger Haber urged that the results be made public.
Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper separately refused to answer questions after the ceremony
The organization Miss America told The Associated Press this month that it expects to distribute at least as much in scholarships this year as it did last year, approximately $ 500,000
The Miss America Organization said in a letter from its lawyer to Haber on Thursday that the research conducted by Employment Practices Solutions, a human resources consulting firm, will be "a quick and thorough review of Ms. Mund's allegations."
The next Miss America will be crowned at the Boardwalk Hall on a nationally televised broadcast on September 9.
Carlson and Hopper took office earlier this year after it was revealed that officials of the previous contest had circulated emails that denigrated the appearance, intellect and sexual life of the former Miss Americas.
The competition is broadcast live on ABC from the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on September 9
Mund said in a letter to the former Miss Americas on August 17 that she was not invited to the interviews and that she was not invited to the meetings, and that she had a televised farewell speech at 30 seconds after indirectly implying problems with the Parade leadership in a newspaper interview.
Carlson responded on Twitter that Mund's actions had cost the contest $ 75,000 in new scholarships and that she was already seeing a negative domino effect throughout the organization & # 39;
The Miss America Organization told The Associated Press this month that it expects to distribute at least as much in scholarships this year as it did last year, approximately $ 500,000.
Parade officials also announced on Thursday that music producer and television presenter Randy Jackson and news anchor Soledad O & # 39; Brien will be among this year's celebrity judges. Next to them will be the ex-boxer and author Laila Ali; personality and author in the air Bobby Bones; country music star Jessie James Decker; founder of Dry Bar Alli Webb; and the singer and songwriter Carnie Wilson.