Steve Harvey accidentally crowned the wrong Miss Universe contestant Sunday night during a live broadcast. The Family Feud host named Miss Columbia the winner of the pageant, but Miss Philippines was the actual winner.
After naming Miss Columbia–Ariadna Gutiérrez–the winner, she was given the crown, sash, and flowers, and she stood on stage for several minutes. Harvey came back on stage and said that he needed to apologize, and the real winner was Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach.
The blunder caught the attention of many on the internet and certainly anyone who was watching the pageant. While a lot of the reaction to the mistake has been negative, many celebrities have made statements showing their support for Harvey.
Michelle Williams rebuked those who have been talking hatefully about Mr. Harvey and suggested that all of us could make a mistake like Harvey’s one day.
Saddened by all of the hateful remarks towards @IAmSteveHarvey! Sow hate, you’ll reap hate. Sow love, reap love. It could be you one day.
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) December 21, 2015
Many other celebrities also joined the discussion. Mindy Kaling and Al Roker also took to Twitter to show their support for the Family Feud host.
Live TV is tough and mistakes happen.@IAmSteveHarvey took responsibility and nobody got hurt. Nobody better.
— Al Roker (@alroker) December 21, 2015
You couldn’t have paid me to care about Miss Universe competition before this. I love Steve Harvey. And both contestants too, now, actually
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) December 21, 2015
After the huge mistake, Harvey apologized and took responsibility. He told his Twitter followers that he felt “terrible,” and he was sorry to disappoint viewers. He also said that it was all just an honest mistake.
If the teleprompter did, in fact, display the wrong information, it wouldn’t make sense to blame Steve Harvey for a mistake that the production people made. It’s also interesting that Harvey would take the fall when he only said what he was being told to say.
However, Harvey said after the blunder that he did have cue cards with the correct winner on them. He said that he read the teleprompter instead of the cards that he was given.
Despite the outpouring of support from many celebrities, the social media has been filled with hate towards the Harvey. Others have poked fun at Harvey, turning the whole thing into a joke.
I will say whatever a TelePrompTer wants me to, even if my surroundings and cards say otherwise. Because I am afraid, of robots.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 21, 2015
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump said that it was “very sad” what happened at the Miss Universe Pageant. He also said that if he hadn’t sold the pageant, the mistake would never have happened.
Very sad what happened last night at the Miss Universe Pageant. I sold it 6 months ago for a record price. This would never have happened!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2015
As for Miss Columbia, she can’t be that upset over the close defeat. She won the Miss Universe pageant last year, and came in second this year; that’s a pretty great record.
[Photo by John Locher / AP]