Watch the Awkward Moment When the Wrong Miss Universe Is Crowned
The new Miss Universe has just been crowned—an event that normally makes our eyes glaze over—except last night, the biggest gaffe of the year (maybe even the decade) occurred: The wrong contestant was crowned. Pageant officials were forced to announce the mistake, take back the crown, and reveal the proper winner on stage. If this wasn’t so sad, it would be amazing.
After announcing thatOlivia Jordan, Miss USA, came in as second runner-up, hostSteve Harveyinitially revealed that Miss Colombia,Ariadna Gutiérrez Arévalo, took the top spot, with Miss Philippines,Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, coming in as first runner-up. Except she didn’t—Miss Philippines was actually the winner, and Harvey mistakenly read out the wrong name. #Fail.
You would think the situation couldn’t get any more cringeworthy, but it wasn’t untilafterMiss Colombia was handed her ridiculously oversize bouquet of flowers, sash, and glittery crown that Harvey realized his mistake and came back on stage to re-announce the winner. Miss Colombia literally had to remove her sash and crown and swap for a significantly smaller bouquet. The whole thing is almost (almost!) too awkward to watch. The show wrapped up with both contestants standing at the front of the stage. Not awkward at all.
“Nobody feels worse about this than me,” Harvey said, after explaining he mixed up the names on his cue card. He then took to social media to continue to apologize for the giant mess-up, saying he feels terrible for the gaffe.
I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.
Video: The most awkward moment Ive ever seen.
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