Published: Mon, December 21, 2015
World | By Paul Elliott

Miss Universe 2015: Host Steve Harvey Names Wrong Woman Winner

Miss Universe 2015: Host Steve Harvey Names Wrong Woman Winner

Miss Universe host Steve Harvey says no one feels worse than he does about his mistake awarding Colombia the crown before Miss Universe.

Even before Sunday night's oops moment, the pageant was involved in another controversy when a backlash against the pageant's former owner Donald Trump led Univision to pull out of the broadcast and the businessman to sell it in September. Wurtzbach was later given the crown after an announcing error. Then she walked out to the front of the stage and waited for Gutierrez to hand over the crown.

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach has won the coveted Miss Universe 2015 title beating 79 other contestants at a glittering ceremony held at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. Waving a Colombian flag and smiling broadly, she blew kisses at the audience.

She said Harvey told her afterward that she "should just enjoy the moment".

Harvey, also a host of television show Family Feud, announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the victor, but later retracted his announcement minutes after Gutiérrez was crowned.

Except you're not. We announced the wrong victor.

Harvey is an American comedian and host, best known for his radio program The Steve Harvey Morning Show.

Harvey later took to Twitter to apologize, but he made another misstep when he misspelled both Colombia and the Philippines in an initial tweet.

Observers immediately pointed out that he has much more experience with taped shows than with live TV. "Again it was an honest mistake", he added in another tweet.

"I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia", he wrote.

Saying she's now the voice of Miss Universe she apologized for what happened on behalf of the organization.

The 24-year-old woman representing Mexico who had threatened not to participate at the time Trump still co-owned the pageant made it to the final 15 but not the final 10.

If nothing else, the mistake provided the pageant with a sudden jolt of attention.

Despite Trump disappearing from the business, Abud said his company didn't jump right in, concerned there might still be lingering anti-Trump sentiment connected to the pageant. "Everybody wins here", he said.

Like this: