Host Steve Harvey personally apologized to the Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach after he announced the wrong winner in the Miss Universe 2015 pageant held in Las Vegas on Sunday (Monday in Manila).
Harvey first proclaimed Colombia’s Ariadna Gutierrez as Miss Universe 2015, only to return on stage to say that he made a mistake.
It turned out that Wurtzbach, who was initially named first runner-up, is the real winner in the international pageant.
In a video posted by ABS-CBN News reporter Dyan Castillejo, Harvey is seen holding Wurtzbach’s hands as he apologized to the Filipina beauty queen.
“I apologize,” he said, to which Wurtzbach replied, “No, it’s fine.”
“I want it to be great, I wanted to fix it, I wanted to do it right. Thank you very much. You look absolutely gorgeous,” he added.
Before approaching Wurtzbach, Harvey already apologized to her and Gutierrez for the mix-up during the live broadcast, in the Miss Universe 2015 presser shortly after the program, and via his Twitter account.
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In separate videos uploaded on the Miss Universe Facebook page, Wurtzbach and Gutierrez appeared positive despite the drama-filled incident.
“Everything happens for a reason, so I’m happy,” Gutierrez said.
For her part, Wurtzbach said, smiling: “It’s a very non-traditional crowning moment… It was very 2015.”
Wurtzbach is the Philippines’ third Miss Universe winner, along with Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973.