In what had to be the most awkward moment on live television in recent memory, Steve Harvey accidentally crowned Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez-Arévalo, the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant. The confusion came at the end of the telecast when Harvey was meant to announce the pageant’s first runner-up, Gutierrez-Arévalo, and the actual winner, Ms. Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. Instead, Harvey blundered and said the wrong name.
Immediately after saying her name, the audience cheered and Gutierrez-Arévalo was given a crown and large bouquet. The next few minutes were met with awkward tension as Ms. Colombia waved to a cheering crowd but was not prompted to enjoy her win. Finally, Harvey returned to the stage. “Listen folks let me take charge of this,” Harvey said. “This is exactly what is on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake. Horrible mistake but the right thing – I can show it to you, the ‘first runner up Miss Columbia’. It is my mistake. Still a great night.”
Wurtzbach meanwhile looked on, disbelieving what happened. Finally, she approached Gutierrez-Arévalo and stood by as last year’s winner, Paulina Vega, took the crown off of Ms. Colombia and placed it on her head. Harvey, who is no stranger to gaffes and blunders on Family Feud continued his apologies on Twitter, writing to the audience at home, “I’d like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake.”