I always wondered what would happen if the emcee read the wrong name when he announced the winner of some big award. Thanks to Steve Harvey, now I know.
Beauty pageants are places where grace and poise are meant to rule, but a decidedly awkward moment stole the show Sunday.
Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey wrongfully declared Miss Colombia the winner when she was the first runner-up. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the contestant from the Philippines, had won.
A contrite Harvey was forced to fix his mistake.
“OK folks … I have to apologize,” he told a confused crowd in Las Vegas.
“Let me just take control of this. This is exactly what’s on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake. It was on the card.”
Moments before, he’d announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner, and she was crowned. Waving a Colombian flag and smiling broadly, she blew kisses at the audience.
When Harvey returned to the stage, Wurtzbach appeared at a loss of what to do.
Stunned, she walked to the front of the stage, where the coveted crown was taken off the head of Miss Colombia and put on hers.
Harvey later took to Twitter to apologize, but he made another misstep when he misspelled both Colombia and the Philippines in an initial tweet. That message was deleted.
Well that’s not something you see every day. Mercifully, the cameras never gave us a close-up of Miss Colombia’s face. Then the network cut away to commercial and never came back.
It happened live on East Coast prime time, but they played it over again for the rest of the country. I suspect the ratings spiked in the west as word got out on social media. (Votermom tipped me off.)
I expect that this story will dominate the news today.