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2015 Miss Universe mishap: Harvey, Miss Philippines, Trump weigh in

Steve Harvey made an unfortunate, “honest mistake” after he crowned the wrong woman Sunday night at the Miss Universe pageant. Of course, these sorts of things can happen on a live broadcast, but come on. You had one job!

However, we all make mistakes. See that awkward and frankly sad one here:

As you can see, Harvey announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo as the winner. But, Miss Phillipines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, was supposed to be the winner. He was reportedly read his cue card incorrectly.

Harvey attempted to apologize via Twitter after the whole debacle but has since deleted the tweet. He spelled both of the women’s countries wrong.

It read: “I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.”

However, he tweeted twice more with apologies.

The real Miss Universe, Wurtzbach, told The Philippines Daily Inquirer that she struggled to celebrate her win after the pageant. “I felt calm when I was called first runner-up because I felt it was fate. But when they announced that I was Miss Universe, I had mixed emotions. I was happy because I really wanted to win but felt sad for Miss Colombia,” she said.

Edwin Lacierda, Philippines presidential spokesperson, praised Wurtzbach’s grace during the mixed up crowning. “In the first few moments of the original announcement, she showed tremendous poise and control, and even more tremendous graciousness when the real verdict was finally announced,” he said.

Online, there was less poise and grace shown. Viewers swarmed social media with jokes and critiques. And even Donald Trump, Republican presidential candidate and former owner of the pageant, weighed in on the situation.

Before the Harvey mistake, he tweeted to his followers to tune into the program calling the new owner “great.”

But after the announcement, he came back with some critiques.

Trump bought Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA back from NBCUniversal in September following an end in Univision and NBC’s five-year deal to broadcast the pageants. This occurred after Trump made those infamous comments concerning Mexican immigrants.

Eventually, he sold the rights to the pageant to WME/IMG, with Fox picking up the domestic rights to air all of the pageants, USA Today reports.

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