Steve Harvey's been having a tough week. First, he did the unthinkable and accidentally crowned the wrong woman at the Miss Universe pageant, resulting in an awkward un-crowning where Miss Colombia had to stand there and smile while the title went to the real Miss Universe, Miss Philippines. Then when he tried to apologize to the two contestants over Twitter, he spelled both their nations' names wrong on the first go-around. Overnight, he'd gone from a well-meaning and charismatic television host to an international joke.
But if you learn anything from Steve Harvey, learn this: sometimes if you've been working hard and doing your job well, you can make a honest mistake, no matter how terrible, and it's not the end of the world.
Case in point? Steve Harvey will be coming back for a lot more pageants.
Last night ET Online revealed that not only will Harvey host the 2016 Miss Universe pageant in Belize, but that he's been signed for a multi-year contract just prior to the event -- anywhere from three to seven years, according to their source.
What's more, WME/IMG, the media company that bought the rights to the Miss Universe pageant from Donald Trump and which also reps Harvey, is perfectly happy with how their host performed overall.
"He was funny, he was informative, he’s high energy, he’s got a great following," chief content officer Mark Shapiro said recently on the Jim Rome Show. "I definitely want him back, and I would hate to see him not come back. He’s going to want a shot to redeem himself.”
"Look, the world forgives, the world forgets," he added. "It could happen to the best of us. He was so well intended, and he’s such a good guy, and it was really such a mistake that I hope people don’t hold this over him other than for just a good laugh and let it pass."
According to ET Online, the deal came down to the wire; Harvey had already been announced as the host for this year before his contract was officially finalized, and the production didn't book travel for him until just a few days before the ceremony on December 20. Which could possibly explain why so many sources claim he wasn't able to attend the entirety of Friday or Saturday's rehearsal -- although others close to the pageant say he attended every rehearsal he was required to be at.
Either way, we can't wait to see him bounce back from all the memes and get back to doing what he does best -- and you can bet that this time next year, the ratings will definitely be a lot higher.