Steve Harvey Announces the Wrong Miss Universe Winner

The comedian took to Twitter to apologise for crowning the wrong contestant
ByHend FadelMonday , 21 December 2015
Steve Harvey Announces the Wrong Miss Universe Winner
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Miss Universe host announces the wrong winner on live TV

Last night, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo of Colombia was announced as Miss Universe 2015. Moments later, Steve Harvey claimed he announced the wrong winner.

Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach from the Philippines stood next to each other on the stage as Harvey announced the winner, declaring Ariadna Miss Universe. However, he had to return moments later when she was already wearing the crown, to confess he had made a mistake, saying: "Folks I have to apologise... the first runner-up is Colombia. Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines."

Video footage shows Pia Alonzo looking confused and stunned as she returns to the front of the stage next to Miss Colombia, and Harvey goes off script to explain that he read his cue card wrong.

Showing the card to the camera, he says, "I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake, it was on the card... First runner-up is Colombia, it was my mistake. Still a great night, please don't hold it against the ladies. We feel so badly but it's still a great night. Thank you all!"

The crown was then removed from the head of Miss Colombia and placed on Miss Philippines.

Harvey took to Twitter after the Las Vegas show to say sorry once more, writing, "I'd like to apologise wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible... Secondly, I'd like to apologize to the viewers that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake... I don't want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing."

The pageant, held at the Planet Hollywood resort, is the first Miss Universe contest to take place since business tycoon and US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump sold the Miss Universe Organisation earlier this year following a backlash over comments he made about Mexicans living in the US.

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