Steve Harvey says 2015 Miss Universe gaffe was the ‘worst week’ of his profession: ‘It was painful’

Steve Harvey says 2015 Miss Universe gaffe was the ‘worst week’ of his career: ‘It was painful’

2021-04-08 03:56:03

 

Steve Harvey is opening up about his notorious gaffe on the 2015 Miss Universe pageant when he introduced the improper winner’s identify.

The viral second dominated worldwide headlines on the time — and almost six years later, the “Household Feud” host stated the blunder and what transpired nonetheless haunts him.

“It was a painful a– night time there, canine. I did not know the ache I used to be in,” Harvey, 64, advised Kevin Hart, 41, on the premiere episode of “Comedy Gold Minds,” which airs Wednesday on Hart’s SiriusXM Snort Out Loud Radio.

On the finish of the December 2015 competitors, Harvey mistakenly introduced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez, because the winner – earlier than returning to the stage minutes later to right the mix-up and appropriately handing the crown to the precise winner, Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach.

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Steve Harvey listens as Miss Colombia solutions a query in the course of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant on December 20.
(2015 Getty Photos)

One of many unique “Kings of Comedy,” Harvey stated the winner-reveal wasn’t speculated to go down the best way it had.

“I went to rehearsal and we solely rehearsed two names,” Harvey recalled. “They purchased the pageant from Donald Trump. In order that they determined that as an alternative of going “the second runner up is, and the primary runner up is,” after which “Miss Universe is” – nicely that is anticlimactic after you say “the primary runner up,” as a result of now we all know who they’re. So once they purchased the pageant, they reduce it off.”

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The “Showtime on the Apollo” host stated he and pageant producers had agreed Harvey would announce the second runner up, “after which we’ll have standing there the primary runner up, and Miss Universe, and we’ll do it that means.”

In keeping with Harvey, it was within the ninth hour that “the girl that did the present when Trump owned it” had “selected the night time of, after two days of rehearsal, I am placing the third identify on there, and so they printed it on the cardboard.”

Host Steve Harvey speaks to reporters after the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 20, 2015. At the time, Harvey said he misread the card when he made the announcement that Miss Colombia was the winner. Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was the actual winner. 

Host Steve Harvey speaks to reporters after the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 20, 2015. On the time, Harvey stated he misinterpret the cardboard when he made the announcement that Miss Colombia was the winner. Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was the precise winner. 
(Reuters)

Harvey then channeled his inside Ron Burgundy and stated he merely learn precisely what was displayed on the teleprompter as any host would.

“After I introduced the second runner up, the teleprompter stated, ‘and the brand new 2015 Miss Universe is…’ The dude in my ear, stated, ‘learn the subsequent identify on the cardboard, Steve. Maintain, maintain, maintain.’ I appeared on the subsequent card. I stated, ‘Miss Colombia!’”

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Harvey claimed he was then advised, “Good job, Steve, go to the again” and that’s when issues took a tough left when he was knowledgeable by one among his handlers that he had stated the improper identify reside on worldwide tv.

“I stated, ‘’man, the f–k you speaking about? I did not say the improper identify, I learn the identify that was on the f–king card,’” Harvey recalled of the second. “He stated, ‘man, they put a 3rd identify on the cardboard.’ I stated, ‘B—h, ain’t no one advised me!’”

Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, center, takes away the flowers and sash from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving them to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right, at the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. 

Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, heart, takes away the flowers and sash from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, earlier than giving them to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, proper, on the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. 
(AP Picture/John Locher, File)

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The funnyman advised Hart he was irate on the scenario as a result of he had to return out and repair it however showrunners as an alternative needed to “straighten it out tomorrow morning within the newspaper.”

“I stated, ‘that is bulls–t. This woman deserves her crown,’” Harvey recollected, including, “I took my silly a– again on the market. I ought to have allow them to announce it the subsequent day within the newspaper. I wouldn’t have caught not one of the hell I caught.”

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The grasp of ceremony went on to elucidate that when he wakened the subsequent morning, his gaffe “was all over the place.”

“It was the headline in each nation. And it was the worst week of my life in present enterprise,” he lamented. “I imply, them boys was driving by my home. I lived in Atlanta, had a bit of gate in entrance of my home. They was throwing rocks over the gate with notes on it. You understand, it was calling me names. I do not know Spanish, however I do know ‘p–a,’ they name you ‘p–a’ loads of occasions. I do know that ain’t good as a result of it was ‘p–a’ in all of the notes and all of the texts.”

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As self-deprecating as Harvey has been on the colossal mistake, the fumble hasn’t appeared to derail any a part of his profession as a host, creator and humorist as he nonetheless stays one of the tapped professionals within the enterprise.

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