Steve Harvey Involved in Miss Universe Blunder… Again [VIDEO]
It happened again for Steve Harvey at the Miss Universe pageant.. sort of.
A big victory for South Africa was overshadowed during the pageant by numerous technical snafus, so first, let's give the winner her due praise.
Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, was named the 2019 Miss Universe on Sunday, beating out 89 other contestants to win the major honor. She succeeds 2018 winner, Catriona Gray of the Philippines.
Tunzi, a gender violence activist, took to Instagram following her victory with a heartfelt message:
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Tonight a door was opened and I could not be more grateful to have been the one to have walked through it. May every little girl who witnessed this moment forever believe in the power of her dreams and may they see their faces reflected in mine. I proudly state my name Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019!
However, Steve Harvey found himself once again in the middle of some controversy.
Harvey, who famously flubbed up the crowning of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, this time appeared (at least initially) to announce the wrong winner of the pageant's national costume portion of the contest. Take a look at what happened here:
Harvey announced the winner of national costume contest to be Miss Phillippines Gazini Ganados, and the beautiful white dress she was in was shown on screen as well.
However, it was Miss Malaysia who was on stage with Steve at the time, wearing a completely different dress. Malaysian contestant Shweta Sekhon took the microphone from Steve and said, "It's not Philippines, it's Malaysia."
Steve reiterated that it was Miss Phillippines that was written in his teleprompter and then said, "See, this what they did to me back in 2015. Played me short like that. This is Malaysia. I really love this national costume of Malaysia. This is crazy."
The committee cleared up the confusion on the Miss Universe Twitter accounts, clarifying that it was in fact Miss Phillippines who had won the national costume competition.
But one thing still makes no sense. If Steve had it correct, and Miss Phillippines was the winner of the national costume contest, then why was Miss Malaysia on the stage with Steve in the first place? It doesn't add up.
You have to feel bad for Steve. In 2015, he read on the teleprompter (that pesky teleprompter!) that Miss Colombia was the competition's winner, which was reversed when it turned out that that year's Miss Phillippines was the actual winner written on the card. Miss Colombia was the first runner-up.
Oh well. Let's not let this take away from Miss South Africa, or should we say Miss Universe!
[via CBS News/Access/Good Housekeeping]