Steve Harvey Made A Second, Even More Cringeworthy Mistake After Crowning The Wrong Miss Universe
On Sunday night (Dec. 20), the entire internet cringed endlessly for Steve Harvey, who hosted the annual Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas. Harvey misread his notecard and accidentally announced Ariadna Gutierrez-Arévalo, Miss Colombia, as the show's winner -- but the real winner was Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines. Oops?
Gutierrez-Arévalo, who was actually the first runner-up, was already crowned and holding a congratulatory bouquet of flowers by the time Harvey realized his mistake. He promptly backtracked, saying, "I have to apologize. The first runner-up is Colombia." The crowd erupted in cheers, and Twitter freaked out under the trending #MissUniverse2015 hashtag.
It took a few moments before Miss Philippines, who had moved out of Miss Colombia's spotlight to the side of the stage, realized what this statement meant for her. Miss USA, the second runner-up, is seen whispering something to her, and then it finally clicks. The wrong person was crowned.
Wurtzbach, stunned, moved to the front of the stage, where the crown was removed from Miss Colombia's head and placed on Miss Philippines'. Awwwwkward. You can watch the whole thing go down in the clip below.
VIDEO: The moment the wrong @MissUniverse was crowned on LIVE television... #sun7 #MissUniverse2015 https://t.co/F2FJaUnQ5s
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) December 21, 2015
The Miss Universe organization released an official statement following the pageant: "The excitement of live TV was evident tonight on The Miss Universe stage with over 10 million live fan votes tabulated. Unfortunately, a live telecast means that human error can come into play. We witnessed that tonight when the wrong winner was initially announced. Our sincerest apologies to Miss Universe Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez-Arévalo, Miss Universe Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, their families and fans."
Harvey also apologized for his error on Twitter -- but he messed up again, Fox News reports. He tweeted, "I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful."
He misspelled both countries, and the tweet was soon deleted and replaced by a second apology.
Eeeeeek. Not a great weekend for Harvey. ?