LAS VEGAS — Beauty pageants are places where grace and poise are meant to rule, but a decidedly awkward moment stole the show Sunday.
Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey wrongfully declared Miss Colombia the winner when she was the first runner-up. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the contestant from the Philippines, had actually won.
A contrite and embarrassed Harvey was forced to fix his mistake.
“Listen, folks, let me just take control of this. This is exactly what’s on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake. It was on the card,” he told a confused crowd in Las Vegas.
Moments before, he’d announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner and she was crowned. Waving a Colombian flag and smiling broadly, she blew kisses at the audience.
When Harvey returned to the stage, Wurtzbach appeared at a complete loss of what to do.
Stunned, she walked to the front of the stage where the coveted crown was taken off the head of Miss Colombia and put on hers.
“Please don’t hold it against the ladies, please don’t,” Harvey said. “We feel so badly, but it’s still a great night.”