This year’s Miss Universe pageant featured an unexpected and surprisingly dramatic ending. Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, took home the crown and beat out 79 other contestants, but she wasn’t announced as the winner initially.
People reported that host Steve Harvey accidentally announced that Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, had won the title and she was almost crowned. Harvey apologized, saying that it was his fault for not reading the card correctly. The mistake was corrected and the crowd was left stunned and confused.
Miss Colombia was the first-runner up and coming in third place was Miss USA, Olivia Jordan.
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 21, 2015
Social media quickly reacted to the mistake.
Miss Columbia became #MissUniverse for 1 minute!
— Sandra Seifert (@sandraseifert) December 21, 2015
Harvey also took to social media to express his apologizes to the contestants and the fans. He added that he didn’t want to take anything away from the evening and that all of the contestants were wonderful.
I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.
— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) December 21, 2015
Secondly, I’d like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake. — Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) December 21, 2015