Comedian Steve Harvey and the Miss Universe Pageant have egg on their faces after Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was mistakenly crowned Sunday night.
The mix up occurred when the pageant got down to the final three. Miss USA Olivia Jordan was named the second runner-up. He then skipped over the first runner up spot and named Gutierrez the winner.
It was not until she was crowned and waving to her family and supporters that Harvey returned to the stage.
The visibly stunned host interrupted the show stating “I have to apologize. First runner up is Miss Colombia. Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Philippines.”
Harvey showed the camera the card with Miss Colombia’s name as the crowd went wild with screams.
Miss Philippines’ Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach flashed a smile after the surprise announcement but was seemingly confused by the situation.
She later told The Philiiippines Daily Inquirer, “I felt calm when I was called first runner-up because I felt it was fate. But when they announced that I was Miss Universe, I had mixed emotions. I was happy because I really wanted to win but felt sad for Miss Colombia.”
This was the 58-year-old talk show personality’s first time hosting the pageant, and he immediately owned up to the blunder.
“Let me just take control of this. This is exactly what’s on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake. It was on the card. Horrible mistake but the right thing I can show it to you right here. The first runner up is Miss Colombia. It’s my mistake. Please don’t hold it against the ladies. Please don’t. We feel so badly but it’s still a great night.”
The mix-up is another black eye for the Miss Universe pageant. The pageant publicly struggled to find a network to host its show after former stake holder Donald Trump made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.
The pageant also lost a number of its regular co-hosts including the Devious Maids actress Roselyn Sanchez and The Real’s Jeannie Mai.
However those troubles seemed to be in the past after entertainment conglomerate WME/IMG bought the pageant and FOX agreed to broadcast it.
Both Harvey and an executive conceded in a post-event press conference that human error was a fault for the mistake.
Mai, who did not return to the show unlike Sanchez, posted this meme on Instagram after the crowning controversy.
Harvey also took to social media following the pageant to tweet an apology. Unfortunately his misspelled message invited even more scorn.
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos comforted Gutierrez tweeting “For us, you’ll always be our Miss Universe.”