In 2015, Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner of Miss Universe. Harvey recently reunited with Gutierrez on his daytime talk show. This is what he said back in 2015 after the incident happened.
“Immediately after it happened, they asked the pageant people to come to the press conference,” Harvey recalled. “I wasn’t scheduled to be at a press conference, so I went to the press conference and made all the apologies there,” he said, adding, “Here’s the situation: Now, when the mistake was made, when I said the wrong woman’s name, I can only give information I had. No one knows, and that information is not in the teleprompter because you’ve got two women standing there. I read what was on the teleprompter, then I read what was on the card.”
Here are the results on the results card above, the name of the winner, Philippines, on the right side of the card in bold and the first and second runners-up on the left. “Colombia” is written above the first runner-up slot.
“The difference being: On the card, it said first runner-up,” Harvey further explained. “Now, what happened, how it got like that, how it was done, how it was worked on, that’s neither here nor there. I said the name that was on the card. When I walked off, everything was cool … and then, after that, all hell broke loose.”
“All I heard was people say, ‘That’s the wrong name,’” he continued. “And all I hear is confusion backstage. Now I’m standing here in the wing, so what I did was, ‘I gotta go fix it.’ Now I got a guy in my ear going, ‘We gotta do something! We gotta do something!’”
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