Television host and comedian Steve Harvey, who made headlines after he mistakenly announced the wrong contestant as Miss Universe 2015, angered the internet once more by misspelling the names of the contestants’ countries in his apology tweet.
Harvey was ridiculed for wrongly announcing Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the 2015 Miss Universe while the actual winner of the beauty pageant was Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach from the Philippines. (link)
In an apology tweet to both contestants, Harvey wrote “Columbia” instead of “Colombia” and “Philippians” for “Miss Philippines”.
Realising his mistake, Harvey immediately removed the tweet and sent out the correct version.
I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) December 21, 2015
Last minute host
Meanwhile, many involved in the Miss Universe pageant team reasoned that the 58-year-old’s blunder was reasonable given that he was hired to host the contest ‘in the last minute’.
“Steve was hired to host the pageant at the last minute, just days before the pageant taped and he didn’t have enough preparation time,” a source told Radar Online.
“Steve actually passed on hosting this pageant twice this year before asking for a pie-in-the-sky fee and expecting the organisers to walk away. But they eventually paid him a fortune for hosting,” the source added.
“The problem was Steve had little time to get ready for the job and not a lot of experience hosting this particular type of event. And after this weekend, it’s not likely that he’ll ever be asked again, either.”