Harvey, 64, almost known as the improper title once more on Sunday, December 12, whereas revealing the winners of the 70th annual Miss Universe pageant.
After saying that the contestant from South Africa, Lalela Mswane, was the second runner-up, the evening’s host turned to the remaining two girls from Paraguay and India and stated, “Congratulations Portugal.”
Nevertheless, Harvey, who returned to the Miss Universe competitors for the primary time since 2019, caught himself earlier than it was too late. He shortly defined the rationale for his gaffe to the viewers — and threw a little bit of shade at his crew within the course of.
“They wrote Portugal on the rattling signal, attempting to play me,” he stated. “They’re attempting to get me once more. However I’m not going for it this yr.”
The Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man author continued, “Congratulations Paraguay. That they had Portugal on the rattling signal. I regarded lifeless at it. Y’all noticed it. Don’t attempt to blame this on me this yr!”
Harvey was referring to his 2015 Miss Universe snafu through which he by accident introduced first runner-up Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez, as that yr’s winner, when it was Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, who truly earned the title.
The next yr, Harvey appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and broke down the second, through which he got here again on stage and corrected his mistake, giving the crown to the actual winner, Wurtzbach, as shocked contestants and audiences regarded on.
Earlier this yr, the Family Feud host known as the fallout from that incident the “worst week” of his life — and admitted he’s still haunted by the error, however believes it was not totally his fault.
“They stated, we’ll announce the second runner-up, after which we’ll have standing there the primary runner-up and Miss Universe, and we’ll do it that manner,” Harvey recalled throughout an look on Comedy Gold Minds with Kevin Hart in April.
A 3rd title, nonetheless, was added to the teleprompter the evening of and he was advised to learn the following title on the display screen. “I regarded on the subsequent card. I stated, ‘Miss Colombia!’” he recalled.
Harvey nonetheless wonders if he ought to have dealt with it otherwise and if he ought to have let someone else clean up the mess.
“I took my silly ass again on the market [to the stage],” the radio host advised Hart. “I ought to have allow them to announce it the following day within the newspaper. I wouldn’t have caught not one of the hell I caught.”
Fortunately, Harvey prevented all types of drama on Sunday evening by turning his close to mishap right into a comedy routine.
After catching his blunder, the Steve Harvey Present alum introduced that Miss Paraguay, Nadia Ferreira, was the primary runner-up. He then topped Miss India, Harnaaz Sandhu, this yr’s Miss Universe winner.