Miss Universe Boss Wants Steve Harvey Back for 2016 Despite Gaffe
“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.