Steve Harvey made an epic mistake when he awarded the Miss Universe 2015 crown to Miss Colombia on Sunday. He owned up to the responsibility and announced that Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was actually the winner. Now here’s what happened after.
In her first video message after wearing the crown, Wurtzbach said winning the Miss Universe crown is never easy. Indeed, her reign began with a bang. Elsewhere, people were rating the incident as the most awkward moment in pageant history.
Wurtzbach apologized on behalf of the Miss Universe organization, The Associated Press reported. Miss Philippines said she now represents the organization and it is her responsibility to make an apology for what happened. She assured Miss Universe fans that the mistake was not intended and was an honest mistake. Wurtzbach said she approached Miss Colombia onstage after the controversy but saw that she was crying and being comforted by other contestants. She decided to stop herself, thinking it was probably bad timing.
Miss Philippines added she was filled with overwhelming emotions after Harvey made the correction. She was elated because she won the crown after two failed attempts in the past. At the same time, she was worried about Miss Colombia who was already wearing the crown and making her traditional crowning moment walk. As previously reported by Morning News USA, Wurtzbach joined the local pageant thrice before being chosen as the representative for Miss Universe 2015.
A smiling Miss Colombia thanked her supporters after the Miss Universe 2015 controversy. “Everything happens for a reason so I’m happy,” she said in a video posted to the Miss Universe official Twitter page.
In a statement, the organizers apologized to all Miss Universe fans. “The excitement of live TV was evident on the Miss Universe stage with over 10 million live fans vote tabulated,” the statement reads. “Unfortunately, a live telecast means that human error can come into play. We witnessed that tonight when the wrong winner was initially announced. Our sincerest apologies to Miss Universe Colombia, Miss Universe Philippines, their families and fans,” the statement said. As previously reported by Morning News USA, a Snapchat emerged showing that the teleprompter was actually the one who committed the mistake, not Harvey.