Ariadna Gutierrez is absolutely humiliated…and it’s all because of Steve Harvey. The Miss Universe runner-up is opening up for the first time about accidentally being crowned winner of the event, and we totally feel for her. Find out what she said here!
The Miss Universe pageant and Steve Harvey’s MAJOR flub may seem like ages ago to viewers, but for Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, the humiliation still stings. In a new interview, she discusses having the crown taken away from her and how she felt in that very moment — read it here.
“It was very humiliating for me, but also for the whole country and all the people, not only from Colombia, but the other Latinos that were in the auditorium,” Ariadna told Colombia’s W radio on Dec. 30. In case you forgot, host Steve announced that Miss Colombia had won the pageant, and Ariadna was given the crown and sash, only to have them be taken away moments later when Steve revealed he’d made a mistake: Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was actually the winner.
“[I thought] this was going to be a joke, because in the rehearsals, he used to play around with the questions,” the runner-up added. “And I thought he was going to continue with that tone to make people laugh.” Unfortunately, the flub was NO laughing matter, and millions watched as the blunder went down.
One widespread theory is that the whole thing was done as a ratings ploy. “If that was the goal, they succeeded,” Ariadna admitted, adding that “for the first time,” she has to agree with Donald Trump’s idea that both ladies should’ve been crowned the winner afterward.
Throughout this whole ordeal, Ariadna has handled things with grace and class, and Pia has made sure to include her friend and competitor in the celebrations. “To Ariadna, you are an amazing woman and we are now bonded together forever and ever by a unique experience,” she wrote in an open letter. “In the last 3 weeks we were together, I saw how strong and beautiful you are inside and out. You represented your country with honor and I know how proud everyone must be of you. Fate has a plan for you, and I’m excited to see what’s ahead.” Hopefully Ariadna doesn’t hold Steve’s mistake against Pia!
HollywoodLifers, how do you think Ariadna handled the whole situation?