WATCH: Steve Harvey Visibly Embarrassed After Crowning Wrong Miss Universe; Apologizes for “Horrible Mistake” on Live TV

The crown is removed from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez (L) by Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega (C) after the pageant's host misread the card that actually stated Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R) as winner in the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant's host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner.
The crown is removed from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez (L) by Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega (C) after the pageant’s host misread the card that actually stated Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R) as winner in the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant’s host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner.

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez thought she had won the Miss Universe pageant.

But then the host Steve Harvey said he’d made a terrible mistake.

“Okay, folks,” he said. “I have to apologize.”

Miss Colombia was the first runner-up, he said, holding up the card that contained the official results.

The real winner was Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who looked astonished by the sudden turn of events.

The almost unbelievable ending to the pageant was televised live in many countries, including on the Fox network in the United States on Sunday night.

Wurtzbach covered her mouth in shock when Harvey announced the correction. Then she walked out to the front of the stage and waited for Gutierrez to hand over the crown.

Harvey stood to the side, visibly embarrassed, while the crowd cheered. On the card he was holding, both the winner and first runner-up’s names were printed in small type.

Harvey took responsibility and called it a “horrible mistake.”

And many others agreed; social networking sites lit up with instant reaction. ESPN’s Darren Rovell called it “the worst mistake in TV awards show history.”

Harvey is a beloved comedian best known for hosting the game show “Family Feud” and daily talk shows on radio and TV.

Observers immediately pointed out that he has much more experience with taped shows than with live TV.

After the pageant snafu, he tweeted, “I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.”

He followed up and said, “Secondly, I’d like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake.”

Some people quickly came to the host’s defense; Earvin Magic Johnson tweeted, “we’ve all made mistakes in our careers & lives.” He encouraged Harvey to “keep the faith and keep going strong!”

But others made plenty of jokes at Harvey’s expense.

The screw-up happened at an important moment of transition for Miss Universe. The pageant was owned by Donald Trump and NBCUniversal until earlier this year. When the business partners split up in the midst of a Trump campaign controversy, the giant talent agency WME/IMG took control of the pageant.

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

Vulture’s Joe Adalian, a veteran television industry reporter, said it “wouldn’t shock me” if the crown switcheroo was actually a planned stunt. “Everybody wins here,” he said.

Trump, through his Twitter account, had been touting the pageant’s new owners earlier in the evening.

After the error, he retweeted a fan who asked, “Where’s @realDonaldTrump when you need em?”

SOURCE: CNNMoney (New York)
Brian Stelter

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The Miss Universe crown went this year to the contestant from the Philippines, but only after the runner-up from Colombia was accidentally crowned.

Host Steve Harvey says he made a mistake and didn’t read the card correctly when he announced that the contestant from Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, had won. She had already been crowned by the previous year’s Miss Universe, also from Colombia, when Harvey returned to the stage to apologize.

The crown was removed from Aravelo’s head and placed on the mystified Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the contestant from the Philippines.

Harvey later tweeted his apology, saying he felt “terrible” for his “huge mistake.”

Harvey first tweeted, “I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful,” but deleted the tweet, correcting “Philippians” to “Philippines” and “Columbia” to “Colombia” in his second attempt.

He also tweeted an apology to the viewers, who for the first time weighed in on the contest, casting their votes to be tallied along with those of the four celebrity judges.

The Miss Universe pageant also tweeted about the gaff, apologizing to the contestants from Colombia and the Philippines as well as their families and fans.

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SLATE: Colombians Are Not Very Happy With Steve Harvey Right Now

On Sunday night, the host of the Miss Universe pageant, Steve Harvey, made the biggest mistake the host of the Miss Universe pageant can possibly make: He crowned Miss Colombia,  Ariadna Gutierrez, as the winner, before coming back on stage, apologizing, dethroning Gutierrez, and crowning the real winner, Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, in what was the most awkward two minutes of live television since Kanye’s infamous “Imma let you finish.”

Harvey quickly became the most hated man in Colombia who Colombians had never heard of. But beyond Colombia, Latin Americans of all nationalities came together to mourn and to mock as one:

Spelling Colombia with a “u” is the quickest way to get a Colombian to hate you, Steve. Even the Wall Street Journal knows that, Steve.

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Washington Post: Was Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe mix-up a publicity stunt?

Steve Harvey mixing up the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant on Sunday had all the ingredients of an epic viral moment: A beauty pageant. An embarrassing gaffe. The agonizing scene when Harvey admitted he made a mistake. The look on Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez’s face when her crown was taken off her crown and given to the real winner, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach.

It was so perfect. Maybe…a little too perfect.

Immediately after Harvey announced Miss Colombia as the winner (she was actually the first runner-up), the video made its way around the world and #MissUniverse2015 was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. But social media lit up with the Internet’s second-favorite thing: Cries of a conspiracy theory.

Sample comment on Facebook from Raoul Martinez, a TV anchor in San Diego: “You guys buying this? I’m no conspiracy theorist, but this smells fishy to me. Sounds like a big PUBLICITY STUNT to get everyone talking about Miss Universe, when normally (let’s be honest, now!) NO ONE would be talking about Miss Universe.”

Then there were screenshots of the card Harvey was holding on TV, which he held up to prove he read the wrong name. People were dubious he could have really mixed up the two names.

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