Suzette Charles Questions Vanessa Williams' Need For Miss America Apology

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 09/18/2015 | 10:00 AM EDT

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Charles believes the apology was staged for ratings

There's been much debate over the Miss America Organization's apology to Vanessa Williams for forcing her to resign due to a 1984 nude photo scandal. Was it unnecessary? Was it long overdue? Suzette Charles has her own ideas.


The beauty queen, who was crowned Miss America 1984 after Williams was stripped of her title, says she believes the apology was a play for ratings.


"I'm not sure what that was all about. I have a feeling that was about ratings," Charles told "Inside Edition" earlier this week.


"I think that as accomplished as she is and has worked so tirelessly for 32 years to build her career and to prove to America what she was always about, I'm not sure why she needed that apology."


Charles admitted the apology might have been to cover the wound of drama behind the scenes, which allegedly included "terrible slurs."


"There were rumors at the time that there were terrible slurs thrown at her and her family," she said.


Williams accepted the apology on Sunday, saying she was honored to be welcomed back to the pageant.


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