Blame it on the teleprompter! Steve Harvey is apologizing non-stop for announcing the wrong winner at Miss Universe on Dec. 20, but in a behind the scenes Snapchat clip, he can be heard complaining that the prompter had the wrong information! Watch here.
Steve Harvey crushed Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez’s, dreams during the Miss Universe competition when he wrongly announced her as the winner. And even though he’s publicly apologizing, he’s putting some of the blame on whoever was running the teleprompter…because he claims in a new video that it had the wrong name! See his complaint here.
“The prompter said ‘Miss. Universe — Colombia,'” Steve can be heard saying in a backstage Snapchat video. The whole situation was incredibly awkward: The show host announced that Ariadna had won the competition, and last year’s winner, Paulina Vega, actually put the crown on her head and gave her the Miss Universe sash. But after a moment of celebration, Steve hushed the audience, and revealed that he’d made a mistake — the originally-announced runner-up, Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was the real winner. YIIKES!
“I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines for my huge mistake,” he tweeted afterward. “I feel terrible.” Luckily, Ariadna took the whole flub with grace, and was still grateful afterward. “Everything happens for a reason, so I’m happy,” she said. “Thank you for voting for me.” She even smiled at the end of the interview when a fan shouted their support!
Of course, Pia was beyond excited to have been named the winner, but she held back her emotion just a bit as a respect to her competitor. “It’s very non-traditional crowning moment,” she said afterward. “Very 2015!” Once this all blows over in a few days, we know Pia will be able to really have her moment and bask in the glory!
“I made a terrible mistake tonight in announcing the wrong winner and runner-up for the Miss Universe pageant,” Steve added on Facebook afterward. “I know how much pride many countries, fans and most importantly, the contestants take in preparing for this night. I hope that you can forgive me. All contestants were amazing but I want to specifically apologize to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines again and wholeheartedly.You both represented well for your countries, families and yourselves.”
HollywoodLifers, do you believe that the teleprompter had the wrong name? What did you think of Steve’s flub?