Steve Harvey Reveals Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, Has Yet to Respond to Him
Steve Harvey still feels really horrible about his really horrible Miss Universe blunder.
The disgraced 2015 Miss Universe host, who announced the wrong name at the eve’s end, broke his silence about his blunder on his first Steve Harvey Morning Show segment of 2016, recounting what happened on stage and backstage after he mixed up the winner – Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach – with the first runner up – Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez.
Here’s the situation: Now, when the mistake was made, when I said the wrong woman’s name, I can only give information I had. No one knows, and that information is not in the teleprompter because you’ve got two women standing there. I read what was on the teleprompter, then I read what was on the card.
The difference being: On the card, it said first runner-up. Now, what happened, how it got like that, how it was done, how it was worked on, that’s neither here nor there. I said the name that was on the card. When I walked off, everything was cool … and then, after that, all hell broke loose.
He explained what was going on backstage:
All I heard was people say, ‘That’s the wrong name.’ And all I hear is confusion backstage. Now I’m standing here in the wing, so what I did was, ‘I gotta go fix it.’ Now I got a guy in my ear going, ‘We gotta do something! We gotta do something!’
Harvey 100% owned up to it though:
Did I make a mistake? Yes I did, wholeheartedly. And at this point in the game, I’m not in the finger-pointing business and rolling people under the bus. So, I did what I was trained to do by my father … You make a mistake and you own up to it. And I tried to fix it, I tried to fix it right there.
The Family Feud host then revealed that he’s been able to apologize to everyone except for Miss Colombia.
When I did it, it was horrible for Miss Colombia. And she’s the only one I haven’t had a chance to talk to. I’ve had a chance to talk to Miss Philippines. I’ve talked to all the pageant people. I’ve talked to people backstage. Even me and the director had a long talk. But I haven’t been able to reach out and talk to Miss Colombia. Now, have I tried? Yes. But haven’t gotten a response.
His biggest regret hurts our hearts the most: “How this must have made the woman from Colombia [feel] … I felt for her more than me.”
All in all, he’s looking at the incident with a positive lens. “I could’ve just stayed back there and said, ‘Y’all fix it,'” he said. “I don’t feel sorry for me. I don’t feel sorry for the pageant, the pageant will now be bigger than it’s ever been.”