There was a major mix-up at the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Host, Steve Harvey accidentally announced the wrong winner.
That crowning moment is something Miss LSU USA says is surreal. But for Miss Columbia, tears of joy quickly turned to tears of sadness. Ariadna Gutierrez was given the sash, the bouquet and the crown. The only problem was, she was the runner up.
“I mean it is disappointing,” said Miss LSU USA, Ashley Barbier. “It’s very disappointing just to know that you work so hard and you think you finally have it and it’s taken away from you.”
The mix-up forces Steve Harvey back to the state to apologize and take responsibility for not reading the card correctly that names contestant Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines the winner and Columbia the first runner-up. In a very awkward moment, Miss Columbia has to give up her crown.
“It’s bittersweet because it’s also great for the Philippines, her life has changed in 2 seconds,” says Barbier.
Monday morning on the “TODAY Show” former Miss Universe Pageant winner Donald Trump defended Harvey and offered a possible solution.
“I’ll tell you what I think I’d do. I think I would make them a co-winner, it would be very cool,” noted Trump. “Make them a co-winner. Because what happened to the girl from Colombia is devastating, to give it to her for a couple of minutes and take it away.”
Pageant queen Ashley Barbier says she does not agree with Donald Trump.
“I think there should only be one Miss Universe because it’s been like that forever but like I said I think she’ll have tons of other opportunities so she doesn’t need to have a ground to be successful.”
Wurtzbach was the third Filipina to win the Miss Universe title.
As for Steve Harvey, he tweeted right after apologizing for the mistake.
Harvey said, “I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible. Secondly, I’d like to apologize to the viewers that are disappointment as well. Again it was an honest mistake.”