Television personality Steve Harvey hosts the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Steve Harvey mistakenly crowns the wrong Miss Universe.
Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was announced the winner of 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.
He 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 did apologize almost immediately with this tweet
however it did not help that number one he spelt Philippines wrong in his tweet nor that of course the fauz pa ruined the moment for the 2 girls.
I was however happy to see Earvin Magic Johnson come to his defense as he 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, and sadly sparked a bit of a race war as angry colombians began tweeting the N word.
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?”
Of course the Meme massive were not far away I saw this meme likening the event to a “Kanye West” type decrowning via Instagram minutes after the mistake was revealed