Steve Harvey Made Second
On Sunday night (Dec. 20), the entire internet cringed endlessly for Steve Harvey , who hosted the annual Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas. Harvey misread his notecard and accidentally announced Ariadna Gutierrez-Arévalo, Miss Colombia, as the show's winner -- but the real winner was Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines. Oops?
Gutierrez-Arévalo, who was actually the first runner-up, was already crowned and holding a congratulatory bouquet of flowers by the time Harvey realized his mistake. He promptly backtracked, saying, 'I have to apologize. The first runner-up is Colombia.' The crowd erupted in cheers, and Twitter freaked out under the trending #MissUniverse2015 hashtag.
It took a few moments before Miss Philippines, who had moved out of Miss Colombia's spotlight to the side of the stage, realized what this statement meant for her. Miss USA, the second runner-up, is seen whispering something to her, and then it finally clicks. The wrong person was crowned.Ethan Miller / Getty Images
Paulina Vega, Miss Universe 2014, crowns Miss Philippines following Harvey's error'Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines,' Harvey continued, showing his notecard to the cameras as proof. It was a genuine mistake -- hey, humans aren't perfect -- and it was captured forever on live TV.
Wurtzbach, stunned, moved to the front of the stage, where the crown was removed from Miss Colombia's head and placed on Miss Philippines'. Awwwwkward. You can watch the whole thing go down in the clip below.
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The Miss Universe organization released an official statement following the pageant: 'The excitement of live TV was evident tonight on The Miss Universe stage with over 10 million live fan votes tabulated. Unfortunately, a live telecast means that human error can come into play. We witnessed that tonight when the wrong winner was initially announced. Our sincerest apologies to Miss Universe Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez-Arévalo, Miss Universe Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, their families and fans.'
Harvey also apologized for his error on Twitter -- but he messed up again, Fox News reports . He tweeted, 'I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.'
He misspelled both countries, and the tweet was soon deleted and replaced by a second apology.https://twitter.com/IAmSteveHarvey/status/678784871922290688 https://twitter.com/IAmSteveHarvey/status/678785560270491648 https://twitter.com/IAmSteveHarvey/status/678785822490017792
Eeeeeek. Not a great weekend for Harvey. ?