LAS VEGAS — Beauty pageants are places where grace and poise are meant to rule, but a decidedly awkward moment stole the show Sunday.
Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey wrongfully declared Miss Colombia the winner when she was the first runner-up. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the contestant from the Philippines, had actually won.
A contrite and embarrassed Harvey was forced to fix his mistake.
“OK folks … I have to apologize,” he told a confused crowd in Las Vegas.
“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.”
I would make a tweet about Steve Harvey, but how can you blame him this card is just CHAOS, MY GOODNESS! pic.twitter.com/JA5Qafy6JC
— Doc Emrick (@DocInRealLife) December 21, 2015
Moments before, he’d announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner and she was crowned. Waving a Colombian flag and smiling broadly, she blew kisses at the audience.
When Harvey returned to the stage, Wurtzbach appeared at a loss of what to do.
Stunned, she walked to the front of the stage where the coveted crown was taken off the head of Miss Colombia and put on hers.
— Niecy Nash (@NiecyNash) December 21, 2015
Harvey later took to Twitter to apologize, but he made another misstep when he misspelled both Colombia and the Philippines in an initial tweet. That message was deleted.
— SENYORA (@Senyora) December 21, 2015
“I don’t want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing,” Harvey wrote.
While some are calling it an honest mistake…
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) December 21, 2015
— Kelsey Humphreys (@KelseyHumphreys) December 21, 2015
Others aren’t letting the Family Feud host off so easily…
— Power 105.1 (@Power1051) December 21, 2015
Steve Harvey announcing the winner at Westminster Dog Show pic.twitter.com/E6qE1NMVCL
— chris johnson (@yochrisjohnson) December 21, 2015
Steve Harvey is why robots are going to take all of our jobs.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) December 21, 2015
Steve… get it right https://t.co/fqOUdrJGLA
— BFF (@YrBFF) December 21, 2015