Who would ever forget Steve Harvey, the controversial host during the Miss Universe 2015 pageant?
Definitely, the Filipinos will never forget him.
The crowning of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was truly historical, not just because it was the third time the Philippines took home the crown, but also because of the 59-year-old host.
It can be recalled that during the coronation night in Los Angeles, the host mistakenly called up Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner, when in fact, she only came in second to the Filipina beauty queen.
Amid what happened, many might have been wondering if Steve Harvey would still show up in the next Miss Universe considering that it will be staged in the Philippines five months from now.
In an interview with Philippine radio station DZMM (via Rappler), Philippines Department of Tourism Undersecretary, Kat de Castro, confirmed that the famous “Family Feud” host is indeed joining the Filipinos in the 2016 Miss Universe tilt.
Accordingly, he has a mission to fulfill when he visits the country.
“He wants to apologize to the Filipinos who were hurt because of what happened,” De Castro said about Steve Harvey.
Upon knowing it, Philippine President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was reportedly shocked, that he even described the controversial host as a “disaster.”
However, he eventually laughed when De Castro explained that it was what the Miss Universe Organization wants to happen.
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Back in December, Entertainment Tonight reported that Steve Harvey is set to host the pageant for at least three years. Therefore, he still has two more years to serve.
Meanwhile, it can be noted that the last time the Asian country hosted the prestigious beauty contest was in 1994 wherein India won for the first time through Sushmita Sen, ABS-CBN reported.
According to Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda T. Teo, she is keen of securing $11 million from sponsors as the present crown-holder relinquished her throne to her successor in her home.
For the Filipinos, Steve Harvey will always be part of their Miss Universe journey.