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Monday, September 14, 2015

Vanessa Williams gets APOLOGY for losing her crown after 32 years on the Miss America pageant Sunday night.

I was there and only 20yo as I was watching the first black Miss America win and then they snatched her crown and gave it to Suzette Williams the first runner up Miss New Jersey. But now Better late than never, she got an apology!

Actress and singer Vanessa Williams returned to the Miss America stage Sunday night, three decades after she became the first black woman to win the crown but resigned following a nude photo scandal.
Now, after all these years, the Miss America CEO apologized to Williams on stage Sunday at the Miss America 2016 pageant for the way the scandal was handled.

"I have been a close friend to this beautiful and talented lady for 32 years," CEO Sam Haskell told Williams. "You have lived your life in grace and dignity, and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984 when you resigned.

"Though none of us currently in the organization were involved then, on behalf of today's organization, I want to apologize to you and to your mother, Miss Helen Williams," Haskell said, as Williams' eyes filled with tears. "I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be."

The audience -- as well as the contestants on stage -- erupted with applause after the apology.

Betty Cantrell from Georgia won.

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