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Miss America Looking For New Group To Take Over N.C. Pageant

Posted October 3, 2002 4:20 a.m. EDT

— Big changes may be under way for the Miss North Carolina pageant following the Rebekah Revels-Misty Clymer crown debate. The franchise agreement between the state pageant and Miss America expires Nov. 15. WRAL has learned the Miss America organization is now searching for a new group to take over the state pageant.

In court, the director of the North Carolina Pageant organization has said the controvery cost them a major sponsor. Now, it may cost them the pageant altogether.

Revels intially won the crown, lost it over topless pictures and got it back with a judge's ruling, only to have to sit on the sidelines for the Miss America parents. The Miss America Organization has only recognized Misty Clymer as Miss North Carolina.

The director of Miss America said the national organization has sent an opinion to the state pageant over whether it should go forward with both Clymer and Revels carrying the title through the year. No one with the North Carolina pageant will comment about the issue.

On Friday, attorneys with the North Carolina pageant and Revels will head back to court. Revels' attorneys said the pageant should be held in contempt for not booking her appearances. A judge will decide whether to set a hearing on that matter. On Wednesday, pageant officials say an appearance for Revels' was scheduled for next week, one day after the contempt motion was filed.