Can you imagined being crowned Miss Universe at THE largest pageant in the entire world only to have your crown removed due to an announcement mistake? On LIVE television?!
Well that’s what happened at Sunday’s Miss Universe Pageant.
It was down to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines.
“And the 2015 Miss Universe is…..” Announcer and pageant host, Steve Harvey, announced that the 2015 Miss Universe was going to Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez.
Just as she was wiping away tears of joy as the $30,000 blue diamond and topaz crown was placed upon her head thinking she had won the title for her country for the second year in a row, Steve Harvey came on stage to announce that he made a mistake in reading the card.
In fact, Miss Colombia was actually 1st runner up and the crown of Miss Universe was supposed to be awarded to Miss Philippines.
Barely 2 minutes into her tears and waves, Miss Colombia had to give up her crown and pass it on to Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the true winner on live television who stood wide-eyed in confusion as the statement was being translated to her.
Steve Harvey later tweeted an apology to the women in which he further dug himself deeper by misspelling both of the countries names.
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“I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.”
He quickly deleted and corrected it but of course not before screen shots captured the original!
I would just want to crawl into a hole and cry if I was Miss Colombia. Can you imagine the shock, embarrassment and hurt?! I also feel bad for Steve Harvey as I’m sure the mistake will have a negative effect on selection for future roles in his career, though if you see the horrible design of the card you are more likely to sympathize with him:
Oh and in case you were wondering Miss USA came in at 3rd runner up!
Did you catch the craziness at the conclusion of Sunday’s pageant?