An embarrassing mix-up at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday evening is now fodder for presidential campaigns.
During the pageant on Sunday evening, host Steve Harvey announced that Colombia’s Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo won. Arevalo had already been crowned when Harvey returned to the stage to say he had misread the card, and Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines is in fact the new Miss Universe.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s communications director used the opportunity to take a sarcastic swipe at businessman Donald Trump.
Miss Universe disaster really embarrassing for @realDonaldTrump— Tim Miller (@Tim Miller)1450668663.0
However, Trump no longer owns the Miss Universe Organization. He sold it after NBCUniversal declined to air the program after he made controversial remarks regarding immigrants from Mexico.
Very sad what happened last night at the Miss Universe Pageant. I sold it 6 months ago for a record price. This would never have happened!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1450698090.0
In a statement regarding the mix up, the Miss Universe Organization said, “The excitement of live TV was evident tonight on The Miss Universe stage with over 10 million live fan votes tabulated. Unfortunately, a live telecast means that human error can come into play. We witnessed that tonight when the wrong winner was initially announced. Our sincerest apologies to Miss Universe Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez-Arévalo, Miss Universe Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, their families and fans. We congratulate Miss Universe Philippines as Miss Universe 2015.”
Harvey took responsibility for the mistake, and apologized to both contestants on the air during the broadcast and on Twitter.
I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.— Steve Harvey (@Steve Harvey)1450669899.0
You can watch the mix-up here:
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