Steve Harvey, the host of this year’s Miss Universe pageant, had one job and was so close to a flawless finish, until he crowned the wrong winner.
The Family Feud host first announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as Miss Universe 2015. He noticed his mistake and corrected it, but only after Gutierrez was already crowned. The correct winner was Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
“Folks, I have to apologize,” Harvey said to the crowd as he walked down the stage. “The first runner up is Colombia.”
“Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Philippines,” he announced.
The crowd inside the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino theater responded with a mix of boos and cheers, while the women on stage stood in complete shock.
“Listen, folks, let me just take control of this,” the host tried to explain. “This is exactly what’s on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake. It was on the card. Horrible mistake, but the right thing.”
The host then tweeted an apology, which only seemed to add fuel to the social media firestorm when he misspelled both “Colombia” and “Philippines.” The tweet has since been deleted, but not before over 30,000 retweets.
At the very moment of Harvey’s mistake, the internet exploded. Complete chaos ensued in the form of videos, memes, vines, and tweets, with many more still to come.
— liz (@elizabethxxoo) December 21, 2015
— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) December 21, 2015
These #MissUniverse2015 memes….
You win, internet. pic.twitter.com/yKL9E1j5uF
— Nice Kicks (@nicekicks) December 21, 2015
STEVE HARVEY OUT HERE LIKE pic.twitter.com/BwmqjFRVa0
— Knicks Memes (@KnicksMemes) December 21, 2015
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) December 21, 2015
Request: GOP debate moderator Steve Harvey
— Matt Ford (@fordm) December 21, 2015