Miss Universe Boss Wants Steve Harvey Back for 2016 Despite Gaffe
Comedian Steve Harvey has been given a much-needed boost of confidence following his embarrassing Miss Universe flub after the pageant boss invited him back to host next year’s competition.
The funnyman and TV presenter became a laughing stock on social media on Sunday night after declaring Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo the winner of the 2015 crown, only to backtrack moments later to confess he had made a mistake.
“Folks, I have to apologize…,” he said on live TV. “The first runner-up is Colombia. Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines.”
An event assistant then had to remove the crown from Arevalo’s head and present it to a stunned Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines.
Harvey took to Twitter after the Las Vegas contest and issued another public apology, writing, “I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible… Secondly, I’d like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake… I don’t want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing.”
He has been keeping a low profile ever since, but on Tuesday, Miss Universe chief Mark Shapiro insisted he would “absolutely” welcome Harvey back as host for the 2016 bash.
“(He) did a great job,” Shapiro said during a chat on Jim Rome’s CBS Sports Radio show. “He was funny, he was informative, he’s high energy, he’s got a great following… I definitely want him back, and I would hate to see him not come back. He’s going to want a shot to redeem himself.”
It’s not the only job offer Steve has received. Officials at the Belize Tourism Board were also impressed with the way the 58-year-old dealt with the debacle, and reached out to him via Twitter on Monday to take charge of their Costa Maya Festival beauty pageant.
“Dear @IAMSteveHarvey, we all make mistakes,” a representative wrote. “You handled yours with class. Would you host our next pageant? @CostaMayaFest #MissUniverse2015.”
Steve has yet to respond to the offers.