Pageant officials got their wish: Gretchen Carlson is stepping down as board chairwoman of the Miss America Organization after more than a year, reports the AP. The former Fox News host and former Miss America says in a statement Wednesday that she has helped make the organization more relevant. She'll be replaced by Shantel Krebs, a former South Dakota secretary of state. Attorney Brenda Keith will be vice chair.
Although she'll no longer be a board member, Carlson will serve as an adviser to the board. Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper took over leadership of the organization following an email scandal in which top male leadership denigrated former Miss Americas. But their own leadership of the organization was criticized by many state organizations. Indeed, all but five state pageant organizations had called on Carlson and Hopper to resign as of September. (Then came the purge.)