|Think like a man....|
Well I am assuring Steve Harvey got some flack for the flub. The AP reports that the entertainer messed up in announcing the winner of Miss Universe Pageant.
The Colombian contestant was already wearing this year's Miss Universe crown when host Steve Harvey returned to announce on live television that he had mistakenly read from a cue card, and that the contestant from the Philippines was actually this year's winner.
In the following moments, the crown was removed and placed on the head of a mystified Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines, other contestants rushed to console Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo of Colombia and a sheepish Harvey felt compelled to apologize on Twitter and to reporters assembled backstage.
"I feel horrible for this young woman," he said.
Harvey said it was his mistake and that he would take responsibility for not correctly reading the card, which said that Wurtzbach was this year's winner and Colombia was actually the first runner-up.
He held up the card for Fox network cameras to see up close. Talking with reporters afterward, Harvey and an executive for pageant owner WME-IMG called it human error.
"Nobody feels worse about this than me," he said.
Wurtzbach appeared stunned as she walked to the front of the stage alongside the crown-wearing Gutierrez before last year's Miss Universe from Colombia removed the crown and placed it on Wurtzbach's head.
Wurtzbach later said she felt conflicting emotions as the mistake happened: joy when she was told she had indeed won, concern for Gutierrez and confusion at the whole situation.
Wurtzbach said she tried to approach Gutierrez onstage afterward, but the Colombian was crying and surrounded by a crowd of women. She said she realized it was "probably bad timing."
"I did not take the crown from her," Wurtzbach told reporters after the pageant concluded, saying she wished the contestant from Colombia well and hoped the Latin American community understands that "none of this was my fault."
"None of this was done on purpose. It was an honest mistake," she said, apologizing on behalf of the organization she now represents. She said Harvey told her afterward that she "should just enjoy the moment."
|Crowning Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was a mistake.|
Within seconds of Gutierrez being crowned, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos took to Twitter to commemorate what appeared to be an unprecedented back-to-back Miss Universe win for the South American nation.
"Colombians! The most beautiful in the world," wrote Santos. "Miss Universe 2016!!!! What pride!"
But seconds later, Santos had to reverse himself.
"For us you'll always be our Miss Universe," he wrote in a message to Gutierrez. "We feel very proud."
Donald Trump, who used to own the rights to Miss Universe, tweeted on Monday that "this never would have happened" under his watch. He softened his tone later that morning in an interview on NBC's Today Show, calling Harvey a "great guy" who handled it well. Trump said if he were still in charge of the show, he would make the women share the title.
"I think I'd make them a co-winner. That'd be very cool," he said.
He added: "Things happen. It's live television," he said.
Harvey, who was hosting the contest for the first time, said he reread the card and noticed it said "first runner-up" next to the Colombia contestant's name before he asked producers if he had made a mistake.
An executive with pageant owner WME-IMG, Mark Shapiro, said Harvey caught the mistake and corrected it on his own, saying he wanted to make a wrong into a right.
"It was humiliating for the women. It was humiliating for him," he told reporters after the pageant.
As all this was unfolding, a car drove up onto a sidewalk and struck dozens of people just outside the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino where the pageant was taking place. The Las Vegas Strip was soon jammed with ambulances and fire trucks, and authorities said at least 30 people were taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries and one person was killed.
Even before Sunday night's oops moment, the pageant was involved in another controversy when a backlash against Trump led Univision to pull out of the broadcast and the businessman to sell it in September.
|Pia Wurtzbach crowned the winner of Miss Universe after a major flub by comedian Steve Harvey.|
That led Spanish-language network Univision to pull out of the broadcast for what would have been the first of five years airing the pageants, and NBC to cut business ties with Trump.
The former star of the "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show sued both companies, settling with NBC in September, which included buying the network's stake in the pageants.
That same month, Trump sold the organization that includes the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants to entertainment company WME-IMG.
Philippines presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda didn't address the debate over the win but said, "in bagging this victory, Ms. Wurtzbach not only serves as a tremendous source of pride for our people, but also holds up the banner of our women and of our country-as a true representative of what the Filipina can achieve."
|Harvey was so embarrassed over this. He went to social media to apologize to the runner-up and winner.|
It's the third time a contestant from the Philippines has won the title.
The pageant's contestant from the United States, Olivia Jordan, was named second runner-up.
The entertainer hosted the Miss Universe Pageant on Fox last night.
He incorrectly announced the winner of Miss Universe. Harvey erroneously announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner. However, after Gutiérrez crowning, Harvey stated that he read the results incorrectly and that Wurtzbach was the actual Miss Universe 2015.
Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega then handed Gutiérrez's crown over to Wurtzbach.
Pia Wurtzbach represented the Philippines in the Miss Universe 2015 held on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
Broderick Stephen "Steve" Harvey is an American comedian, television host, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey (the talk show), and Family Feud. He is the author of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, which was published in March 2009, and the book Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find and Keep a Man.
Harvey previously hosted Showtime at the Apollo, starred in The Steve Harvey Show, and was featured in The Original Kings of Comedy. He is a three-time Daytime Emmy Award winner, and an 11-time NAACP Image Award winner in various categories.