Miss universo 2015 2016

  • The 2019 Miss Universe competition will crown another pageant winner on Sunday, December 8,2019 on Fox.
  • Back in 2015, Steve Harvey, who is hosting the show this year, accidentally announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner when it was really Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach.
  • Here’s the full story surrounding Steve’s mistake.

Sunday marks the return of the Miss Universe pageant, which will once again be hosted by Family Feud frontman Steve Harvey. While Steve has proven to be a reliable pageant host for the past three years, it’s nearly impossible to forget his giant flub in front of millions back in 2015. It was then that Steve wrongly announced that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez had won the competition. Realizing that Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach was the actual winner, he had to walk back on stage and revoke his declaration.

“I have to apologize,” Steve began before taking a long and awkward pause. “The first runner up is Colombia … Miss Philippines, take your first walk as Miss Universe.”

The blunder immediately took the world by surprise, prompting a flurry of reactions. Some were sympathetic toward Ariadna, while others were downright angry. In fact, The Miami Herald reported at the time that a Colombian law firm threatened to file a lawsuit, claiming that “the crown is an acquired right that cannot be taken away from us.”

But outrage aside, how did the colossal mistake even happen?

As The Washington Post pointed out, some, including Miss Universe judge Perez Hilton, thought the flub was nothing more than a giant publicity stunt. The company behind the pageant, WME/IMG, quickly squashed that claim, with the organization’s Chief Content Officer Mark Shapiro telling CBS Sports, “That’s just humorous. All I can do is just laugh that off.”

Beyond that theory, multiple outlets reported at the time that the Miss Universe Snapchat story showed Steve saying that the teleprompter had said “Miss Universe—Colombia” on it.

On the Snapchat story, Steve Harvey says the Teleprompter said Miss Colombia won #MissUniverse2015 pic.twitter.com/3dBclNY58I

— Justin Taylor (@TheSmarmyBum) December 21, 2015

But when talking with the press after the show, Steve insisted that it was really his “mistake.” In a now-deleted tweet, where he misspelled both “Colombia” and “Philippines,” Steve issued a second apology, again admitting that he had made the error. “This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.”

What’s more, 2015 contestant Miss Australia Monika Radulovic told Good Morning America that “All the girls saw the teleprompter, ‘Philippines, you may now take your first walk as Miss Universe.'”

Steve’s card showing the order of the top three 2015 Miss Universe finalists was shown after the host mistakenly crowned the wrong winner. Ethan Miller

However, the Miss Universe organization reiterated in a statement to People that it was nothing more than a mistake:

The excitement of live TV was evident last night on the Miss Universe stage with more than 10 million live fan votes tabulated. Unfortunately, a live telecast means that human error can come into play. We witnessed that when the wrong winner was initially announced. Our sincerest apologies to Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, their families and fans. We congratulate Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as Miss Universe 2015.

In early 2016, Steve finally took the time to comprehensively explain what had happened from his perspective.

On his radio show, he said:

“Here’s the situation: Now, when the mistake was made, when I said the wrong woman’s name, I can only give information I had. No one knows, and that information is not in the teleprompter because you’ve got two women standing there. I read what was on the teleprompter, then I read what was on the card … The difference being: On the card, it said first runner-up. Now, what happened, how it got like that, how it was done, how it was worked on, that’s neither here nor there. I said the name that was on the card. When I walked off, everything was cool … and then, after that, all h–l broke loose.”

He continued to say that there was all sorts of chaos backstage, and a person in his ear was telling him “We gotta do something! We gotta do something!” Steve also took another opportunity to say, again, that he had made a “mistake.”

Despite Steve’s endless apologies, Miss Colombia was clearly upset. Speaking on Univision, the New York Daily News reports that she said: “In four minutes they destroy your dreams, they throw it in a bag, and they throw it in the trash.”

(Left to right) Miss Colombia 2015 Ariadna Gutiérrez looks on as Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega removes her crown to give it to Miss Philippines 2015 Pia Wurtzbach after it was announced that Steve Harvey mixed up the winner. Ethan Miller

Continuing, Ariadna explained, “They could have done it another way … I feel like it doesn’t matter to them the feelings of a girl who has worked her whole life for a dream.” Following the incident, Ariadna went on to appear in Celebrity Big Brother, The World’s Best, and the film XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

Like Ariadna, who went on to thrive after the incident, Steve has seemingly moved forward, as well. Although, his mess up did become the punchline of a joke last year when 2018 contender Miss Costa Rica Natalia Carvajal referenced the incident after Steve asked her for hosting tips.

“I think you’re doing good. The outfit is fine, the smile is always great. But I have to give you one advice. Just for the future. Just in case,” she said before asking him to come closer. “If they ever give you a really, really, really important envelope, try to read carefully, okay?”

Still laughing at Miss Universe Costa Rica’s advice for @IAmSteveHarvey. 🤣
Learn more about Miss Universe at https://t.co/kohkaYd2sx pic.twitter.com/C9Oyvvwk0h

— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 17, 2018

Despite the hilarious shade, Steve didn’t miss a beat.

“Y’all just won’t let it go, huh?” he joked. “When you make a mistake, get up and keep going. I’m still here, baby!”

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Miss Universe winner 2015 is wrongly announced by Steve Harvey

Host Steve Harvey announced the wrong winner of the Miss Universe 2015 pageant on Sunday night – and the crowd watched in heartbreak and horror as the crown had to be removed from the head of one contestant and placed on another on live television.

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez wiped away tears of joy as the $30,000 blue diamond and topaz crown was placed upon her head and she was named Miss Universe 2015, winning the title for her country for the second year in a row.

But her glory only lasted for two minutes.

Just as Gutierrez was blowing kisses and waving to her adoring fans she was informed that it was actually Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach who had won the crown instead.

Just as Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was blowing kisses and waving to her adoring fans she was informed, on live television, that host Steve Harvey had read the results wrong

It was actually Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach who had taken the crown, and Gutierrez had to bend down and allow Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega to remove it from her head on live television

Just moments before Gutierrez had celebrated winning the title for Colombia for a second year in a row

Vega placed the crown on Wurtzbach’s head and the telecast abruptly came to an end, before she was allowed a victory lap

Vega rested her hand on her countrywoman’s shoulder as she moved to take her Miss Universe sash and flowers away

Vega then gave Wurtzbach a congratulatory hug for a victory she had just minutes ago believed had slipped from her grasp

Gutierrez puts on a brave face as she loses the $30,000 blue diamond and topaz crown, as well as her sash

Wurtzbach and Miss USA Olivia Jordan were both shocked when Harvey revealed it was Gutierrez who was first runner-up

Fellow contestants flocked to congratulate Wurtzbach after she was revealed to be the true winner of the pageant

And others rushed to comfort Gutierrez after the cameras shut off and the mistake settled in

She and Vega had first rushed to embrace each other when it was believed Colombia would remain the reigning Miss Universe

Wurtzbach, speaking to reporters backstage after the pageant, described her crowning as ‘nontraditional’ and ‘very 2015’

Steve Harvey strolled up on stage, the shame already evident on his face, when he told the crowd ‘Folks, I have to apologize.’

‘The first runner-up is Colombia,’ he announced.

Miss Philippines stared wide-eyed at the audience, her lip quivering as Miss USA whispered into her ear and she realized what exactly those words meant.

‘Miss Universe 2015,’ Harvey then dramatically clarified, ‘Is Miss Philippines.’

Wurtzbach joined Gutierrez on stage as they both stared into the audience in shock. Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega gave her fellow countrywoman a comforting pat on the back.

‘Folks let me take control of this,’ Harvey told the sea of boos and cheers.

‘This is exactly what’s on the card,’ he then said, displaying the results on the camera.

The embarrassed host even showed the results card to the camera to prove that it had truly been his own personal mistake

The shame was already on Harvey’s face as he returned to the stage while Gutierrez took her victory bow

And fellow contestants were equally shocked as the card was displayed on the screen so the audience could see Harvey’s mistake

Wurtzbach joined Gutierrez on stage in shock in the moments after Harvey revealed the wrong name had been announced

Wurtzach was wide-eyed and frozen after Harvey first revealed his slip-up and she realized exactly what that meant for her

Miss Colombia had celebrated her victory for more than two minutes before Harvey announced his error and Pia was crowned

Wurtzbach and Gutierrez had held hands in excitement as they waited for Harvey to first call the winner of the Miss Universe 2015 pageant

And Wurtzbach smiled and embraced Gutierrez when Harvey said Colombia had won for the second time in two years

Gutierrez waved her country’s flag and took what she believed would be her first of many walks as Miss Universe 2015

Gutierrez, center, broke down in tears after the unfortunate mix-up, with mascara seen running down her face, as other contestants rushed to comfort her

‘I will take responsibility for this, it was my mistake,’ he continued.

‘I can show it to your right here, the first runner-up is Colombia. It’s my mistake, still a great night. Please don’t hold it against the ladies.’

And then came for the heartbreaking moment when Miss Colombia had to bend down, allowing Vega to remove the crown and place it on Miss Philippines head instead.

The telecast then came to an abrupt stop, cutting without credits or allowing Miss Philippines to take her first walk as Miss Universe.

Harvey immediately tweeted after the show, spelling both women’s countries wrong as he tweeted: ‘I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia.

He then deleted the tweet and re-wrote it, saying he felt terrible and apologized ‘wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines’ for his ‘huge mistake’.

‘Secondly, I’d like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well,’ he wrote in a separate tweet. ‘Again it was an honest mistake.’

‘This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.’

‘I don’t want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing,’ he continued to tweet, before once again ’emphatically’ apologizing to Gutierrez and Wurtzbach.

Social media is heavily criticizing Harvey, but he has found an unlikely ally already in Harry Styles.

Adding insult to injury? Harvey immediately tweeted after the show to apologize for his error, spelling both women’s countries wrong

Do-over: Harvey then deleted the mangled tweet and re-wrote his apology, saying he felt terrible and apologized ‘wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines’ for his ‘huge mistake’

Piling on: Justin Bieber shared on his Instagram a meme poking fun at Steve Harvey

Weighing in: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who until recently co-owned Miss Universe, pointed out in a tweet that he sold the contest six months prior and claimed that the mix-up would have never happened on his watch

‘Stop sending hate to Steve. At least he apologized and admitted that he made a MISTAKE. Stop being so immature,’ tweeted the One Direction singer.

Other Twitter users were less understanding. A meme quickly began spreading through the social media hub featuring Harvey’s head superimposed over Justin Bieber’s body with the caption: ‘Is it too late now to say sorry?’

Bieber himself later shared the posting on his Instagram account, writing: ‘It’s so sad but this is too funny had to post no disrespect.’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who until recently co-owned the Miss Universe pageant with NBCUniversal, also weighed in on the embarrassing snafu.

‘Very sad what happened last night at the Miss Universe Pageant. I sold it 6 month ago for a record price. This would never have happened!’ he tweeted early Monday morning.

Earlier on Sunday evening, however, the outspoken GOP frontrunner praised the new owner of Miss Universal, the global talent management company IMG, as ‘great people, great new owner,’ and urged his Twitter followers to ‘tune in.’

The Miss Universe organization released a statement following Harvey’s mix-up.

‘The excitement of live TV was evident tonight on the Miss Universe stage with over 10 million live fan votes tabulated,’ the organization said in a statement posted on its Twitter account.

‘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, Miss Universe Philippines, their families and fans.’

‘We congratulate Miss Universe Philippines as Miss Universe

Just an hour ago the two women had been sharing a happy embrace as they were both named, along with Jordan, into the top three

After they made it to the top three spots Harvey revealed to the women that their fellow competitors were going to help decide who would be named Miss Universe 2015

The girls rounded out the top five with Miss Australia Monika Radulovic and Miss France Flora Coquerel

Wurtzbach walks to the front of the stage as she is announced as a finalist in the pageant

Miss Colombia was wiping away tears backstage when she was asked if she had a message for her fans – and she assured them she was happy.

‘Everything happens for a reason,’ she said as fellow contestants hugged and comforted her backstage in the video tweeted by the official Miss Universe twitter account.

‘I’m happy for all I did, I’m so happy. Thank you for voting for me.’

Wurtzbach called the moment ‘very 2015’ in a video released by the pageant.

‘It’s a very…non-traditional crowning moment,’ she said, struggling to find the right words and clearly still in complete shock as Jordan gave her a comforting hug backstage.

Wurtzbach competed in the Miss Philippines pageant for three years before she won the opportunity to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant.

Harvey’s mistake was the final twist in the three-hour pageant that sometimes felt more like a reality show.

The host revealed at the beginning of the event that for the first time in Miss Universe history the audience would have a voice, their real-time votes counted with the scores of the judges, actress Nicey Nash, blogger Perez Hilton, former Miss USA Olivia Culpo and football player Emmitt Smith.

But it wasn’t until Harvey read the name of the top three that he shared that there was actually be one more secret judge. Or 77 of them to be exact, specifically the very women they had just spent the last three weeks in Vegas with – who now stood behind them.

‘Sure hope you’ve been nice for the past three weeks,’ Harvey said.

The pageant began with the beloved national costume competition, where there were more feathers than a Victoria’s Secret fashion show as the women came out in extravagant looks to represent their countries.

Wurtzbach said that, if she won Miss Universe, she wanted to raise HIV awareness

Wurtzbach competed in the Miss Philippines pageant for three years before she won the opportunity to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant

Miss Austria honored Conchita Wurst, the pop star and drag queen who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 for the country, even drawing Thomas Neuwirth’s famous beard onto her face.

Miss Spain dressed as Don Quixote, the title character in Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes’ famous novel, and Miss Thailand dressed as an open air Tuk Tuk cab to honor her country’s chosen mode of transportation.

And it was revealed Miss France had changed her costume to create a statement following the Paris attacks, covering her body in silver peace signs that glittered on her body.

Miss USA and third runner-up Olivia Jordan also put on a patriotic display, dressing as a red, white and blue bald eagle with wings that spanned eight feet in a costume designed by Adam Selman, who created Rihanna’s infamous see-through dress.

In addition to the Philippines, Colombia and USA, the top 15 included women representing Indonesia, the Dominican Republic, the island of Curacao, Belgium, Venezuela, South Africa, Mexico, Thailand.

Also rounding out the group of women was Miss Australia, a Bosnian war refugee, and Miss Japan, who was the first ever biracial candidate to represent her country in the pageant.

Ariana Miyamoto has a Japanese mother and an African American father who was born and raised in Japan. She revealed in her televised segment that when she was a child her friends wouldn’t hold her hand because they feared the color of her skin would rub off on them.

Miyamoto said she was inspired to compete for the pageant after a fellow biracial Japanese friend committed suicide after years of being bullied.

The top 15 women walked the swimsuit competition, with Harvey joking it was the only reason men at home were glued to the television screen, before the top 10 was announced and the evening gown round began.

Miss USA, Australia, Colombia, Philippines and France were then named as the top five.

The women changed into a more subdued but still shimmering sea of white gowns before the top 15 were revealed

The pageant then took a more serious tone as the question round began and the women were asked to discuss issues that were especially relevant in their home countries.

Harvey asked Wurtzbach about the controversy in the Philippines surrounding the reopening of a US military base and asked if she believed America should have a military presence in the island country.

‘I think the US and Philippines have had a good relationship with each other,’ replied Wurtzbach, referencing the two countries’ colonial history.

‘We have their culture in our traditions up to this day and we’re very welcoming with Americans – and I don’t see a problem with that at all,’ she concluded, to major applause from the international audience that filled up the Planet Hollywood hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Miss France Flora Coquerel, who was watching a friendly soccer match between France and Germany when explosions went off outside the Stade de France stadium during the November Paris terror attacks, was asked what was the best way for government to combat the rising threat of terrorism.

‘In my opinion, to fight terrorism, first we have to know where the problems are coming from, we have to listen to the people who are committing these attacks,’ she said through an interpreter.

‘So we have to find the problem at its heart, and for us French we have to learn how to be happy and live among ourselves.’

Miss Australia Monika Radulovic was asked if she believed it was a good idea to legalize marijuana in the country.

‘Now this topic has both positives and negatives,’ she responded. ‘I believe that in certain circumstances legalizing marijuana has definite benefits, treating cancer and helping those who are really sick.’

‘But the government should definitely weigh both options,’ she concluded.

Some of the top 15, including Miss USA, France, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Australia and Brazil

Glittering vision: Wurtzbach glowed as it was revealed she had made the top 15 in the competition

Gutierrez was asked about the best way to handle the global drug abuse problem and responded, through an interpreter, that education needed to start at the home first.

And Jordan was asked about the issue of gun control in America, with Harvey declaring it one of the most polarizing issues in the country.

‘This is an incredibly difficult issue and I think that it’s incredibly important that all individuals have the right to protect themselves and feel safe,’ she said.

‘But sometimes we need to look at the safety as a whole more than our personal safety, I think we need stronger regulation and we need to pay attention.’

After Jordan, Gutierrez and Wurtzbach were named the top three contestants, they were each asked why they should be the next Miss Universe.

Jordan used her answer to make a call for women’s rights.

‘I want to work to bring equality towards men and women,’ she said. ‘It is time to step up into power, women, and I want to empower women all over the world.’

Gutierrez said she wanted to be the third woman from her country to take the Miss Universe crown because she had ‘all of the attributes that a Latin woman has’ and said she was a women ‘full of feeling’, with all the attributes a Miss Universe should have.

And Wurtzbach said she wanted to use her voice to inspire young people.

‘I will use my voice to influence the youth, to use my voice to raise HIV awareness,’ she said.

‘I want to show the world, the universe rather, that I am confidently beautiful with a heart.’

There is no doubt that it will be awhile before the world forgets Wurtzbach or Guttierez’s name – and the night that made them both famous.

Steve Harvey suffered humiliation when he announced the wrong winner at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, and for a moment on Sunday night, it seemed as though history was repeating itself for the host.

The confusion started when Harvey revealed the results of the National Costume contest portion of the event, which took place last week.

“Here’s the look at the winner, Miss Philippines,” he said.

But shortly after he said that, the contestant standing next to him grabbed the mic and told him, “It’s not Philippines; it’s Malaysia.”

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It was Miss Malaysia herself, Shweta Sekhon, who corrected him.

Steve Harvey interviews Miss Malaysia Shweta Sekhon at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios on December 08, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Paras Griffin / Getty Images

The moment immediately put Harvey on the defensive.

“OK, well, let me explain something to you,” he said. “I just read that in the teleprompter. Y’all got to quit doing this to me. I can read. They said … they’re trying to fix it now. See, this what they did to me back in 2015. Played me short like that. This is Malaysia. I really love this national costume of Malaysia. This is crazy.”

While Sekhon laughed it off, Harvey was clearly concerned.

After she explained the details of her costume, he said, “Whatever you said, yes. I’m scared to say your name again, because I don’t know what the hell this teleprompter (is doing.)”

But unlike the incident four years ago, when he accidentally claimed Miss Colombia was the big title holder despite the fact that Miss Philippines was the rightful winner, this time, it turned out that Harvey was right all along.

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach joins Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez onstage after Miss Colombia was initially crowned Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada December 20, 2015.Steve Marcus / Reuters

When the “Family Feud” host said, “Here’s the look at the winner, Miss Philippines,” a photo of Gazini Ganados, aka Miss Philippines, displayed on the big screen behind him. The confusion came from the fact that Miss Malaysia was onstage to show off her own ornate bridal look at the same time.

The Miss Universe Organization cleared things up with a post-show tweet that declared “(Steve Harvey) had it right.”

[email protected] had it right: Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the #MissUniverse2019 National Costume competition! Congratulations, Gazini. 🎉 pic.twitter.com/L8DpAyNL9I

— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 9, 2019

And in a statement to NBC News, the group confirmed the following: “Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the Miss Universe 2019 National Costume competition. As part of the broadcast, we also featured Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon’s national costume. Miss Sekhon wasn’t aware we’d be announcing Philippines first, so she misinterpreted his intro. Mr. Harvey made a joke of it, but no mistakes regarding the national costume winner were made by him, the prompter or production.”

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WATCH: Pia Wurtzbach discusses Miss Universe mix-up with Steve Harvey

MOVE FORWARD. Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach sits down with host Steve Harvey for the first time after the Miss Universe controversy last December. Screengrab from YouTube/Steve Harvey

MANILA, Philippines – Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach appeared on Steve Harvey’s show, Monday, January 18 (Tuesday, January 19 in Manila) more than a month since the controversial Miss Universe incident last in Las Vegas.

In the two-part interview on The Steve Harvey Show titled “Miss Universe: The Truth,” Steve answered questions from the audience before Pia went onstage. Pia also came to Steve’s defense, saying he attended all the rehearsals of the competition, contrary to rumors that he was at gambling at casinos and drinking.

“Steve was there throughout all the rehearsals. He was there during technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, even on the pageant day itself when we had the dress rehearsals early in the morning. He was there all throughout. We rehearsed everything from start to finish. He made us very comfortable. We know exactly how the show was gonna go, the flow was gonna go… He was there throughout everything,” Pia said.

During the interview, Steve asked Pia what she felt when he came back onstage after Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was crowned. Pia shared that when she was called first runner-up, she was already happy because of the Filipinos audience’s support. But when she saw Steve come back onstage, that she knew there was a problem.

“When we rehearsed it, everything happened so fast. As soon as the girl was crowned, she gets to do her first walk right away. And I was waiting for that. We were all waiting for it,” said Pia.

Miss USA Olivia Jordan, who won second runner-up at the pageant, was in the audience of The Steve Harvey Show episode. She said that when Steve went up onstage to correct his mistake, she thought he was going to tell a joke, given that the comedian joked around a lot during rehearsals.

Pia added that she had mixed feelings about winning, because of her concern for Ariadna.

“I tried to keep a safe distance from her as not to disrespect her,” said Pia about how she felt as she stood next to Ariadna during the coronation. “Because I didn’t want her to feel bad. I was being sensitive to her feelings.”

Later in the interview, Steve asked Pia if she had a message for Ariadna. Pia said: “I’d like her to know that I hope this doesn’t change her perception of Miss Universe, of the organization, of you, of me. It was an honest mistake, you know, mistakes happen, especially on live television. I hope that she realizes very soon that she’s strong, she’s beautiful, with a lot of potential. And I hope she sees the positive in all of this.”

When asked what she hopes people take away from the controversy, Pia answered that she wants people to be as inspired with her story as she was with a quote she read before: “A real queen knows how to make an empire with the same stones thrown at her.”

“And you too, Steve, don’t beat yourself up for this anymore,” Pia added. “Come on, let’s move forward, let’s just be happy.”

@MissUniverse An absolute class act!

A photo posted by Steve Harvey (@iamsteveharveytv) on Jan 18, 2016 at 1:59pm PST

On the 2015 Miss Universe coronation night on December 20, host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced that Ariadna won the title. He later apologized, said that she was the first runner-up, and that Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was the winner.

Last January 4, Steve spoke up for the very first time about the incident, saying he tried to reach out ot Ariadna after mistake, but never got any response.

“I tried to fix it and I tried to fix it right there. And when I did it, it was horrible. It was horrible to Miss Colombia. And she’s the only one I haven’t had a chance to talk to,” he said. (READ: Steve Harvey releases first statement on Miss Universe 2015 mix-up)

“Now, have I tried?” he asked later. “Yes. But I’ve got not a response.”

Steve also said that he did not do it to boost the pageant’s popularity and that the only thing he regretted about the situation was how Ariadna felt.

Steve is set to speak with Ariadna on January 19 (January 20 in Manila) on his show. – Rappler.com

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Steve Harvey faces Pia Wurtzbach, PH and Colombia bets

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach (right) goes on stage again with host Steve Harvey, who mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as last year’s winner. SCREENGRAB FROM PLDT MISS UNIVERSE COVERAGE

A year after the controversial Miss Universe 2015 coronation, American host Steve Harvey and outgoing titleholder Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach met again, this time at the beauty queen’s home country.

Harvey introduced Wurtzbach, dressed in fuchsia gown, during the opening of the 65th Miss Universe pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

In jest, Wurtzbach thanked Harvey “for making me the most popular Miss Universe.”

Harvey responded: “Thank you for making me the most famous host of Miss Universe.”

In last year’s coronation, Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as winner and Wurtzbach as first runner-up.

Harvey also faced the representatives of the Philippines and Colombia in this year’s pageant, who both made it to the Top 13. Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar told the host: “You know I love you, Steve.”

“I can’t believe this is happening again,” Harvey said after announcing Colombia and Miss Philippines Maxine Media consecutively in the Top 13.

Harvey asked Medina what piece of advice her aunt, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1990 Gem Padilla, gave her.

“She just told me to be myself,” Medina said. CBB

At Miss Universe pageant, Steve Harvey couldn’t let go of last year’s disaster


Outgoing Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach gives host Steve Harvey a pair of glasses during the pageant. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) By Emily YahrEmily Yahr Style reporter covering pop culture and entertainment January 30, 2017

Remember in December 2015 when Steve Harvey accidentally read the name of the wrong Miss Universe winner, and the agonizing scene when Miss Colombia’s crown was taken off and given to the actual winner, Miss Philippines?

Even if you managed to forget the incredibly uncomfortable live moment, Harvey and the Miss Universe producers want to make sure you remember. During this year’s pageant on Sunday night, which crowned Miss France Iris Mittenaere the winner, Harvey hosted again — and took every opportunity to poke fun at himself and his extremely embarrassing gaffe.

The show started with a pretaped bit, where Harvey came up with a covert escape plot to sneak out of the venue if he messed up again. As soon as he arrived on stage, he addressed the audience about the matter. “All right, let’s get it out of the way. I know what you’re thinking: ‘Is that the guy from last year? Did they bring back that guy from last year?’ Well, they did. It’s me. I’m back,” Harvey deadpanned. “Been a long year getting here too, cause boy, I paid the price for last year.”

Although that seems questionable on the surface — given that Harvey’s career is still going strong and the Miss Universe pageant received an unbelievable amount of publicity — he said that his family received death threats, and he lost sleep thinking about the humiliation he caused both finalists. Harvey addressed the aftermath last winter in a two-part special on his daily talk show, where Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez and Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach both forgave him on air.

Adding to the potential awkwardness of bringing Harvey back again? This year’s Miss Universe pageant took place in the Philippines, where fans weren’t thrilled that his mistake marred their contestant’s victory. Still, Wurtzbach appeared as the reigning Miss Universe and assured Harvey that everything was fine.

“Steve, I never got to thank you, but thank you for making me the most popular Miss Universe,” Wurtzbach said sweetly.

The crowd cheered. “That’s okay,” Harvey responded. “I want to thank you for making me the most famous host of Miss Universe.”

Harvey brought it up repeatedly, joking that he got eye surgery so he would be able to read the winner card correctly. He also asked the reigning Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar, a top 13 finalist, how the people of Colombia feel about him.

“A lot of people hate you,” she said bluntly, before graciously adding, “But you know I love you.”

Harvey kept psyching himself up each time he had to read a card with more finalist names. (“Every time I read off a card, I pucker up just a little bit.”) In the closing moments, the Ernst & Young accountant arrived with the results, and Harvey gave him a stern warning: “Listen to me sir, this has got to be right, okay? Can’t let this happen again — you will not leave the Philippines.”

Finally, just as he was about to announce the winner (the final three included Miss Colombia, Miss France and Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier), Wurtzbach arrived on stage with a comically thick pair of reading glasses.

“Thank you, Pia,” Harvey said as the crowd laughed. “A year late, but thank you.”


Miss Universe winner Iris Mittenaere of France reacts as she is embraced by outgoing Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. (Erik De Castro/Reuters)

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Oops: Wrong Name Announced As Winner Of Miss Universe Pageant

Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday night in Las Vegas. Arevalo was incorrectly named the winner before Wurtzbach was given the crown. John Locher/AP hide caption

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Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach at the Miss Universe pageant Sunday night in Las Vegas. Arevalo was incorrectly named the winner before Wurtzbach was given the crown.

John Locher/AP

For a brief moment in Las Vegas Sunday night, Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo was crowned Miss Universe.

Then host Steve Harvey apologized, saying he had read the card wrong.

The real winner was Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

Miss Colombia, it turns out, was the first runner-up.

The crown was taken off Arevalo’s head and placed on Wurtzbach.

The Assoicated Press reports that after the live broadcast on Fox, Harvey and an executive for pageant owner WME-IMG, an entertaiment company, called it human error.

Harvey is quoted as saying, “Nobody feels worse about this than me.”

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“I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines for my huge mistake,” Harvey said on Twitter. “I feel terrible.”

Had Arevalo been the winner, Colombia would have won the contest two years in a row.

The pageant got attention in June when co-owner Donald Trump made anti-immigrant remarks while announcing his bid to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

The other owner was Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal.

Spanish-language network Univision pulled out of a deal to televise the pageant, and NBC cut ties with Trump.

Trump sued and eventually settled with NBC and bought the network’s stake in Miss Universe.

Trump later sold Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants to WME-IMG.

  • Steve Harvey hosted the 2019 Miss Universe pageant on Sunday night.
  • The 62-year-old former talk show host is coming under fire after seemingly making a mistake while announcing the winner of the National Costume contest.
  • Miss Universe reps have clarified that Steve did not make an error during last night’s broadcast.

Four years after Steve Harvey’s infamous 2015 Miss Universe gaffe, the 62-year-old host is once again in the news for making what some believe is another huge pageant mistake.

During the 2019 Miss Universe contest, which aired on Fox Sunday night, Steve appeared to misspeak while highlighting the National Costume contest portion of the competition.

“Earlier this week, all the contestants competed in a National Costume contest. Here’s the look at the winner, Miss Philippines,” he announced.

But while talking about the contest, Miss Malaysia Shweta Sekhon called him out as she stood beside him on stage.

“It’s not Philippines. It’s Malaysia,” Shweta told Steve, who immediately got flustered and began to blame the teleprompter.

“Let me explain something to you. I just read that in the teleprompter. Ya’ll got to quit doing this to me. I can read … Now, they are trying to fix it now. See? This is what they did to me back in 2015 — played me short like that.”

According to Miss Universe reps, though, Steve didn’t mess up at all — and the teleprompter was correct, as well.

“Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the Miss Universe 2019 National Costume competition,” a rep told Fox News. “As part of the broadcast, we also featured Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon’s national costume. Miss Sekhon wasn’t aware we’d be announcing Philippines first, so she jumped the gun when Mr. Harvey started with that news. Mr. Harvey made a joke of it so as not to embarrass her, but no mistakes regarding the national costume winner were made by him, the prompter or production.”

The Miss Universe organization reiterated a portion of its statement when it announced on Twitter, tagging Steve, that he had the facts right all along.

[email protected] had it right: Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the #MissUniverse2019 National Costume competition! Congratulations, Gazini. 🎉 pic.twitter.com/L8DpAyNL9I

— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 9, 2019

Even though Miss Universe made it clear that Steve didn’t mess up, viewers on Twitter thought otherwise. Some even suggested that the show meant to commit an error this time around (though, there is no evidence of this). “Did they do this ‘mistake’ on purpose? This isn’t funny anymore,” one viewer tweeted. “Change the host! This is repeatable mistake!” another demanded.

What’s more, Steve himself may have addressed the controversy on social media. On Monday, he cryptically tweeted out a message about how to deal with the haters while promoting a clip of Family Feud. He then pinned the tweet to the top of his feed.

“Hate is louder than love, but love is stronger than hate. If you focus on those who love you, you can blow over the haters. Most people hate you only because of the way other people love you,” he wrote.

Hate is louder than love, but love is stronger than hate. If you focus on those who love you, you can blow over the haters. Most people hate you only because of the way other people love you. #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/QWQGW6QeDV

— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) December 9, 2019

Regardless of the controversial incident though, the evening’s true highlight came when Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi took home the 2019 Miss Universe crown (Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson came in second place). Prior to becoming the next Miss Universe, Zozibini delivered powerful remarks about how she intends to use her important platform.

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi is crowned the 2019 Miss Universe winner. Gallo Images

“I grew up in a world where a woman who looks like me — with my kind of skin and my kind of hair — was never considered to be beautiful,” she explained during the show while addressing social issues. “I think it is time that that stops today. I want children to look at me and see my face and I want them to see their faces reflected in mine.”

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