While Miss Universe host Steve Harvey gets bashed on social media, he has one very special supporter – his wife Marjorie.
Marjorie shared a picture of herself with her husband on Instagram with a heartwarming message.
“You are a Stand Up Man and A True Class Act the way you went back out on the stage on live TV and took full responsibility alone,” she said. “I am so proud to be your wife! I love you.”
Harvey, 58, married Marjorie, 51, in 2007 and claims that she changed his life.
“Marjorie changed the way I existed. I’d never been in a healthy adult relationship. I’d never been loyal, I’d never been fully respected,” he said in a magazine interview in 2012.
At this moment in the Family Feud host’s career, he really needs someone to support him and remind him that what he did was the right thing.
On Sunday night, Steve Harvey announced the wrong Miss Universe, and proclaimed Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia as the winner of the annual pageant. Later on, he went back the stage and said that he wanted to apologize.
The host then declared that the 1st runner-up was Miss Colombia, and that Miss Universe was Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines. He also showed the cue card to the cameras for the world to see that he initially misread it.
Steve Harvey Makes Mistake in Announcing the Winner of Miss Universe 2015
After the coronation night, Harvey personally apologized to the Miss Universe, and his wife also did the same. Marjorie then posted a snapshot of the moment on Instagram.
Steve Harvey also took to social media to send his apologies to both candidates and their fans. He said that it was an honest mistake, and it would be a dishonorable thing if he would just leave it like it was.
“I don’t want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing,” he posted on Twitter.
Aside from his wife, Steve also got much-needed support from NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson, who told him to “keep the faith and keep going strong.”
American TV personality Al Roker also defended Harvey, saying that doing a live TV show is tough and that mistakes do happen. He commended the host for taking responsibility for his blunder.
Live TV is tough and mistakes happen.@IAmSteveHarvey took responsibility and nobody got hurt. Nobody better.
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 21, 2015
Niecy Nash, who was part of the Miss Universe panel of judges, also defended Steve Harvey and said that a “lesser person” would have let the mistake slide, and just fix it later.
“I think he was a great host and I think that mistakes happen,” the model and actress added.
After Steve Harvey admitted the fault and showed the cue card to the cameras, some theories have already arisen as to how the gaffe was committed.
US digital analyst Brian Solis said in a tweet that he thinks Harvey should not be the sole person held responsible for the incident.
“Design is often underestimated and underappreciated,” said Solis.
Some design experts pointed out that while the “2nd runner up” and “1st runner up” are located at the far left of the card, the “Miss Universe” was on the right.
— Hartford Courant (@hartfordcourant) December 21, 2015
Debbie Millman, who is the head of the branding department at New York’s School of Visual Arts, said in an interview that the “Miss Universe” portion should have been placed on the left as well.
In addition, while the “Miss Universe” portion is located on the right side and is slightly farther away from the two items, the actual winner, Philippines, was placed slightly lower as well.
Some people believe that because Steve Harvey was holding the card with his right hand when he made the announcement, his right thumb may have blocked the word “Philippines.”
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