Steve Harvey Called out on Another Miss Universe MixUp
As it turns out the 'Family Feud' host actually threw himself under the bus so as not to embarrass a contestant
Steve Harvey can’t catch a break with Miss Universe.
The Family Feud host famously named the wrong winner at the Miss Universe pageant back in 2015 and since no one is ever going to let that go he was of course accused of botching the contest results on Sunday which was later cleared.
“Earlier this week, all the contestants competed in a National Costume contest. Here’s the look at the winner, Miss Philippines,” he said during this year’s contest in Atlanta, according to USA Today.
“It’s not Philippines. It’s Malaysia,” Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon firmly told the host while standing beside him on stage.
A collected Harvey blamed the teleprompter. “Let me explain something to you. I just read that in the teleprompter. Ya’ll got to quit doing this to me. I can read,” he said. “Now, they are trying to fix it now. See? This is what they did to me back in 2015 — played me short like that.”
Earlier in the show, Harvey joked about his 2015 mistake, when he named Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, as the night’s big winner, instead of Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurzbach.
“I’m hosting again. Fifth time. Can you believe it? I can’t,” he said. “Ya’ll never really did let go of that Miss Colombia thing … I survived it all. When you fall, get up.”
Adding, “Colombia has gotten over that, too. They’ve forgiven me. Well, not all of them. The cartel is still trippin’ a little bit.”
“Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the Miss Universe 2019 National Costume competition,” a rep for the competition said. “As part of the broadcast, we also featured Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon’s national costume. Miss Sekhon wasn’t aware we’d be announcing Philippines first, so she jumped the gun when Mr. Harvey started with that news. Mr. Harvey made a joke of it so as not to embarrass her, but no mistakes regarding the national costume winner were made by him, the prompter or production.”