Steve Harvey goofs big time at Miss Universe 2015
By NAIROBI NEWS REPORTER
Television host Steve Harvey on Sunday night bungled the Miss Universe competition by announcing the wrong name as the winner.
Harvey erroneously announced Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo as the Miss Universe winner and realised his mistake only after the presumed winner had already been crowned.
He corrected himself and and announced that Miss Columbia was actually the first runners up adding that Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was the 2015 Miss Universe.
“This is exactly what is on the card. I will take responsibility for this, it was my mistake. It was on the card, all a mistake but the right thing I can show you on the card… Please don’t hold it against the ladies,” the embarrassed Steve Harvey Show host kept telling the audience while holding up the cards with the names of the winners.
Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, removed the crown from Miss Columbia’s head and handed it over to Miss Philippines. The newly crowned Miss Universe 2015, however, refused to take the winner’s bouquet of flowers opting to keep the ones she had previously been given.
Later, Wurtzbach told reporters that she wished Arevalo well.
“I’m very sorry, I did not take the crown from her and I wish her well in whatever she wants to pursue after this pageant,” she said.
Harvey’s mistake is not the first time the wrong woman has been named the winner of a high-profile beauty pageant. In 2010, during a live television broadcast, Australian host Sarah Murdoch read out the wrong name in the finale of Australia’s Next Top Model.