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Lance Bass Turned Down Judging Miss America Over Too Much Controversy

Lance Bass says he was asked to judge Miss America this year but turned it down over the pageant’s current controversies.

Bass and NSYNC bandmate Joey Fatone were at Pool After Dark in Atlantic City, New Jersey over the weekend when Bass revealed he passed on the offer.

The singer, who previously judged the pageant in 2014, explained he was asked but had to turn down the gig “because I have no idea what is about to happen right now and I don’t want to be caught up in that BS.”

In case you’ve missed the “BS” Lance Bass is referring to, earlier this month the current Miss America, Cara Mund, made headlines after speaking out against the Miss American Organization in an open letter on Facebook.

Mund wrote, “The rhetoric about empowering women, and openness and transparency, is great; however, the reality is quite different.” She claimed her and fellow contestants were being “controlled, manipulated, silenced or bullied.”

Mund placed the blame on executive Regina Hopper, as well as Gretchen Carlson, who had announced one month prior that Miss America was getting rid of the swimsuit and evening gown portions of the competition.

The seemingly progressive changes came six months after three executives within the organization resigned over disrespectful emails they exchanged about former Miss America winners.