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Steve Harvey apologizes after Miss Universe mix-up

Photo Credit: AP/ John Locher

Steve Harvey  apologized after a massive Miss Universe mixup Sunday night.

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He named Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez winner when  Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach actually won.

“I have to apologize,” Harvey said after walking back onstage for the most painful moment on live TV ever.

Todd Chrisley, Michael Strahan, DL Hughley, Magic Johnson rushed to defend Harvey


The photo at the top right captures the mixup moment: Wurtzbach, front, reacts after she was announced as the new Miss Universe moments after Gutierrez was incorrectly crowned.

Steve Harvey during a recent Atlanta event. Photo: Manuel Llaneras


It didn't help when Harvey tweeted an apology that called Miss Philippines by a book in the Bible and misspelled Colombia. He then apologized, deleted the tweet, and issued a new apology in a series of (correctly spelled) tweets.


While the gaffe inspired plenty of smack talk and a thousand memes, it also brought out a strong show of support.

Atlanta reality show personality Todd Chrisley, NFL player turned television host Michael Strahan, comedian/host DL Hughley and NBA great Magic Johnson were among those rushing to publicly defend him after his massive Miss Universe mixup.

But of course, as you might imagine the major mixup set Twitter on fire..

Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, center, removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right, at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. Gutierrez was incorrectly named the winner before Wurtzbach was given the Miss Universe crown. AP Photo/John Locher


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