The changes ushered in by Carlson has resulted in behind-the-scenes drama. Additionally, reps from 22 stage pageants want Carlson and her board to resign, while the former Fox News host has received the support of 30 former Miss America winners. "This board unanimously decided we needed to move this program forward," Carlson, the new Miss America Organization chair, said on Good Morning America, addressing criticism that she forced the changes herself. "We’re working through this in the best way we can," Carlson said of dealing with the backlash. "We believe that physical appearance and beauty and being fit — that is empowering. We’re just not going to judge women on that."