Harvey, mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner of the pageant when the actual winner was Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
After realizing his error, a red-faced Harvey said, “It was my mistake. It was on the card. I can show it to you right here. The first runner-up is Colombia.” He then held the card up to the camera. “It’s my mistake,” he continued. It’s still a great night. Please don’t hold it against the ladies… Please don’t. We feel so badly, but it’s still a great night.”
Afterwards, Harvey took to Twitter.com to tweet a sincere apology to the contestants. “I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Colombia. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.”
— Harvey says it was his mistake and that he would take responsibility for not reading the card correctly that named Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach this year’s winner and Colombia the first runner-up.
Actress Nicey Nash was there and one of the 1st celebs who took to twitter to address the outrage:
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Niecy Nash @NiecyNash 11h11 hours agoPandemonium! the wrong name was called but host @IAmSteveHarvey handled it well! #MissUniverse2015 #MsPhilippines