December 21, 2015

Steve Harvey misreads the card and announces the wrong Miss Universe.

The card said "first runner up" was Miss Columbia, he reveals, sheepishly, after Miss Colombia receives the crown and the all the applause. Watch the slow unfolding of realization on the face of Miss Philippines and how long it takes for them to get around to moving the crown to the right head.



"'I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia,' he tweeted. 'This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.'"

Poor Steve Harvey. But I wouldn't have paid any attention to the Miss Universe contest if this hadn't happened. Now that I am paying attention, I'm thinking about Donald Trump. Because all subjects lead to Donald Trump.

ADDED: Trump extricated himself from the Miss Universe Pageant last September after NBC broke off its joint venture with the organization because of something Trump said about illegal immigration. Trump bought up NBC's 50% stake and, 3 days later, sold it all to WME/IMG. So this year's massive screw-up was the first post-Trump Miss Universe Pageant.

29 comments:

JAORE said...

I'd have never known either. But, poor Miss Columbia.

The Drill SGT said...

Poor Steve Harvey?

He can't read and obviously they did not rehearse him well...

MadisonMan said...

What a horrible thing for the non-winner.

I guess we all know the lead story in Steve Harvey's obit now.

David Hampton said...

So much for clarify and confirm and a job briefing before announcing the results. What a preventable shame. Trump got the last laugh on this one.

Jake said...

Staged.

Amadeus 48 said...

Not only that, but the new owner of the pageant is WME-IMG, whose co-CEO is Ari Emanuel, Rahm and Zeke (godfather of Obamacare) Emanuel's brother.
Good heavens! We can't get away from these people and their screw ups!

Big Mike said...

So this year's massive screw-up was the first post-Trump Miss Universe Pageant.

It's a sign! It's a sign, I tells ya!

PB said...

When Trump took it over, he improved the whole Miss Universe Organization and increased interest in it. As soon as he sold it, it fell apart.

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MayBee said...

Steve Harvey, you had one job.

Tank said...

How much did Trump enjoy this?

Omigod, better than ... a chocolate chip cookie.

Was that racist?

Old RPM Daddy said...

So, I wonder who will be hosting the pageant next year?

What an embarrassment for Miss Colombia, having the crown taken away. And for Miss Philippines, too, being presented with a "used" crown. And tongues will wag, I'm sure, about the propriety of Miss Philippines' victory. Mistakes happen, I know, but some things, once they're screwed up, can't be unscrewed.

Black Dog said...

Colombia, Colombia, Colombia...it amazes me how many folks in the US screw this up.

wendybar said...

Karma works in mysterious ways!

David said...

" Trump extricated himself from the Miss Universe Pageant last September after NBC broke off its joint venture with the organization because of something Trump said about illegal immigration. Trump bought up NBC's 50% stake and, 3 days later, sold it all to WME/IMG. So this year's massive screw-up was the first post-Trump Miss Universe Pageant."

That Trump. All action and no talk. I'm kidding about the no talk. But it's interest to see how quickly he moved.

sydney said...

They mercifully kept the camera off the face of poor Miss Columbia.

Black Dog said...

Not just messing up Colombia, but Miss Philippians? Really? Was his bible open?

William said...

The two girls might be able to leverage all the publicity into an opportunity, but there's no way Steve Harvey comes out of this looking good.......Anyway all those girls just get by on their looks. They don't really care about world peace. If you want to see true beauty in action look to Hillary.

mezzrow said...

They don't make them like Bert Parks anymore. The right man for the right job.

If this wasn't a setup, I'd love to hear the unedited version of Ari's reaction.

Gusty Winds said...

Steve Harvey probably thought Miss Columbia was hotter.

BDNYC said...

did he really botch the country names in his apology?

Char Char Binks said...

I'm willing to console Miss Colombia.

John said...

This thing is as rigged as NFL-FIFA-WWE and they can't get this right?

Or did they screw it up on purpose for the publicity?

And what's with the names? My wife was watching and I saw bits and pieces as well as Ann's clip here. Not ""Miss" Columbia or "Miss" Philipines but Columbia and Philipines?

What happened to the Miss?

John Henry

Bill said...

"Hands off my crown, bitch."

Dude1394 said...

Hilarious that trump gets out and they cannot GET THE WINNERS NAME RIGHT! Almost like an Iran nuclear weapons deal unfolding on live tv.

JAORE said...

"Colombia, Colombia, Colombia...it amazes me how many folks in the US screw this up."

Sigh, guilty as charged. A horrible, horrible flaw. I don't know HOW I could have been so foolish as to type the errant "u" instead of the requisite "o".

Please pardon me from further apology, but I have to leave to see my wife at her job in Columbiana, Alabama.

el polacko said...

steve harvey regularly displays his ignorance of just about everything as host of 'the family feud'. it's no suprise that he didn't know what a 'second runner-up' is.

n.n said...

It's seems that this was an accident of bias. Harvey was locked in on Miss Columbia, and was unaware of his error until the course was run.

That said, the resolution following recognition of the error was extremely poorly managed.

Ann Althouse said...

"Columbia" was a leading contender for a name for this country of ours, this poor country that never got a name, only a 4-word description of itself. From Sebastian De Grazia's "A Country With No Name: Tales from the Constitution":

“Did Jefferson or Washington ever use the word Columbia?” 

“Yes, they were both well acquainted with the word, as you’ll see when we trace the subsequent adventures of Columbia,” replied St. John complacently. “Columbia was the thirteen States or their land, I should say, conceived of as united, and ‘Columbians’ or ‘sons of Columbia’ were her patriotic citizens. In pictorial images—drawings, cartoons, and paintings—Columbia always appears as a handsome woman. Her only pictorial rival is ‘Liberty,’ another, almost identical beauty.” 

St. John paused to pick up her glass of water. 

“Are you saying that America was first named Columbia?” Huggins had just sighted land. 

“Easy does it, Huggins. Whether that unity you call ‘America’ really existed is as yet problematic. All I’m saying is that Columbia seems to have been the first female name and image applied to the thought or feeling of unity of the thirteen countries and of their lands to the west and was beginning to be used in an official sense. How’s that for being precise? And cautious.” 

She seemed amused. “If troops or ruffians of the Sam Adams variety had climbed through the meeting-hall windows of Congress and put pistols to the heads of the delegates, shouting, ‘Pick a name for this country right now, or else …!’ I do believe they would have voted for ‘Columbia.’"