Amid Trump meeting, 'racist' comments, fans ask why Harvey still Miss U host

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 17 2017 07:36 PM

A year after comedian and American TV personality Steve Harvey's Miss Universe coronation night blunder, and days after his controversial meeting with US president-elect Donald Trump, people around the world continued to ask, "Why will he host this year's coronation night?"

When asked last year, Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said that Harvey can thank a multi-year contract that he signed with the Miss Universe Organization.

Harvey's faux pas -- announcing Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the new title-holder instead of Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach -- made the 2015 coronation night "hard to forget," wrote Entertainment Weekly in December.

His flub put him on the receiving end of negative criticism which ranged from social media memes to death threats, wrote entertainment news outfit WENN.

Tabloid New York Daily News also said Harvey's return is "something of a surprise" considering the "emotional rollercoaster" he caused last year. However, the paper figured that his presence can make television ratings go "through the roof."

His notoriety has continued until today, with his 2015 "Harvey-ism" being used to poke fun at disastrous television appearances, and even election results, particularly as Trump’s inauguration draws near.

Miss Universe fans around the world were not alone in their views, as Teo previously said President Rodrigo Duterte scoffed at the prospect of Harvey presenting candidates in pageant-mad Philippines, calling him "a disaster."

However, Tourism Undersecretary Kat de Castro later clarified that Duterte was "only kidding" about Harvey, and that the administration is planning a "pakulo" or gimmick with Harvey come January.

Current Miss Universe title-holder Wurtzbach also threw her support behind Harvey, and said in September last year that she wants him to "do it again and change someone else's life."

Harvey has also become an inspiration to some, who said that if he could bounce back from his embarrassing mistake, then anyone can do the same.

 

Harvey, who was recently slammed for jokes about Asian men on the "Steve Harvey Show," apologized several times for his gaffe, and said that he remembers his "gut-wrenching walk" back onstage in 2015 to correct his mistake as "pure hell."