Host Steve Harvey took to Twitter to apologize for announcing the wrong winner of the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, saying that he feels terrible because of it.
During the coronation night in Las Vegas on Sunday (Monday in Manila), Harvey initially declared Miss Colombia as Miss Universe 2015, with Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines named first runner-up.
He eventually returned on stage to say that he made a mistake and that Wurtzbach is the real Miss Universe winner.
In a series of Twitter posts, Harvey apologized not only to the two beauty queens, but also to pageant viewers, for the mix-up.
He went on to say that he had no intention of ruining the pageant, which he described as “amazing.”
Harvey had a press conference shortly after the Miss Universe 2015 coronation night. In these videos by Bev Llorente of ABS-CBN News North America, the host is seen explaining his side and once again saying sorry about the incident.
Wurtzbach is the Philippines’ third Miss Universe winner. She now joins the ranks of Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran, who won the crown in 1969 and 1973, respectively.