Steve Harvey has incorrectly announced the Miss Universe Pageant.
On Sunday night, Steve Harvey, the host of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, screwed up. And not just a minor misstep, Steve actually crowned the wrong girl.
In what is possibly the most awkward two minutes of live television since Kanye’s “Imma let you finish” Grammy bit, Steve stole the limelight in a spectacularly uncomfortable fashion. Steve initially crowned Colombian contestant Ariadna Gutierrez, who was slotted as the 1st runner up, as the winner. Only after the fact did he realize he had read the cue card wrong, forcing him to come on stage, apologize and award the real winner, Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurzbach.
— Santiago Valamar (@SantiValamar) December 21, 2015
Harvey, who was hosting the contest for the first time, held up the card announcing the order of finishers for Fox network cameras to see up-close afterward. He said he re-read the card and noticed it said “first runner-up” next to the Colombia contestant’s name before he asked producers if he had made a mistake. Talking with reporters afterward, Harvey and an executive for pageant owner WME-IMG called it human error.
ColUmbia? Steve…. Just stop. pic.twitter.com/e3MTknv5oQ
— Joanna Hausmann (@Joannahausmann) December 21, 2015
I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) December 21, 2015
Of course Presidental candidate and Former Miss Universe Owner pageant owner Donald Trump had something to say.
Very sad what happened last night at the Miss Universe Pageant. I sold it 6 months ago for a record price. This would never have happened!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2015
Over at the Wasington Post:
Steve Harvey mixing up the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant on Sunday had all the ingredients of an epic viral moment: A beauty pageant. An embarrassing gaffe. The agonizing scene when Harvey admitted he made a mistake. The look on Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez’s face when her crown was taken off and given to the real winner, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach.
It was so perfect. Maybe…a little too perfect.
The thing is, Steve has a bit of a track record for being an asshat. Watch the video below for a sampling of the ridiculous things that come out of his head.