MANILA – “I know all about this. I know more than anyone else in this world about this. I am the creator of these moments.”
TV host Steve Harvey made this statement as he reacted to the Oscars best picture mix-up on Monday (Manila time), where the award was initially handed to the wrong film “La La Land” instead of the real winner “Moonlight.”
During his radio show, Harvey shared his thoughts about the incident, comparing it to his gaffe in the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.
The American TV host gained notoriety after announcing that Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia is Miss Universe 2015, only to return on stage minutes later to say that Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines is the real winner.
He has since made up for his mistake as he hosted the 65th edition of the international pageant in the Philippines.
“At least the producers of the Oscars on that show stood with him… They corrected their mistake that night, at that moment,” Harvey said on Tuesday (Manila time). “Unlike in my situation, nearly four minutes went by.”
“I remember it like it happened yesterday,” he continued. “They handed me a card with three names. When we rehearsed it, we only had two names, all week long. When we got to the night, they put a third name and they won’t do first runner-up.”
Addressing Oscars best picture presenter Warren Beatty, Harvey said: “Warren, I know your pain. I can help Warren Beatty get through this. I will show him how to handle it with dignity and grace.”
He added in jest: “Call me, Warren baby. Me and Warren are gonna take photos together!”
With another mistake somewhat covering up what he did in 2015, Harvey ended: “I’d like to say, in the words of Martin Luther King, free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, I’m free at last!”