Wednesday 28 September 2016

Steve Harvey will finally come face to face with Miss Colombia on his radio show after 'humiliating' Miss Universe gaffe

Published 09/01/2016 | 16:33

Host Steve Harvey (L) listens as Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, answers a question during the interview portion of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Host Steve Harvey (L) listens as Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo, answers a question during the interview portion of the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Oops Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, centre, removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right (AP)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (L), was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Host Steve Harvey holds up the winners' card after incorrectly announcing Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as Miss Universe (AP)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (L), reacts as Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (R), is incorrectly named 2015 Miss Universe instead of First Runner-up by host Steve Harvey (not pictured) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (L), is correctly named 2015 Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrezh (R), walks onstage during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (L), and Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (R), wait to hear the results of the 2015 Miss Universe during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (L), is correctly named 2015 Miss Universe. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Steve Harvey will apologise to Miss Colombia on national television when she appears on his talk show this month.

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The tv personality named Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner of the Miss Universe pageant last month, a title that she was stripped of just minutes later when he announced he made a mistake and she was in fact the runner-up.

After an initially diplomatic response saying "everything happens for a reason," she later said her dreams were "destroyed" in four minutes.

Gutierrez said afterward she spent the evening crying and described the incident as "humiliating", not just for her personally, but "for the whole country and for all the people not only from Colombia, but the other Latinos that were in the auditorium."

Oops Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, centre, removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right (AP)
Oops Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, centre, removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right (AP)

I went up to my parents’ room and, obviously, I was very sad, I was in bad shape, I was crying. I cried a ton that night. In four minutes, they destroy your dreams. They throw it in a bag, they throw it in the trash. They could have done it another way. I feel like it doesn’t matter to them the feelings of a girl who has worked her whole life for a dream.”

The gloves will come off on January 18 when her appearance is scheduled to air in the US, according to Entertainment Tonight.

"When I did it, it was horrible for Miss Colombia, and she's the only one I haven't had a chance to talk to," he said on his radio show after the incident.

"I've had a chance to talk to Miss Philippines. I've talked to all the pageant people. I've talked to people backstage. Even me and the director had a long talk. But I haven't been able to reach out and talk to Miss Colombia. Now, have I tried? Yes. But haven't gotten a response."

Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (L), was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach (R), reacts as she is crowned the 2015 Miss Universe by 2014 Miss Universe Paulina Vega (C) during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez (L), was mistakenly named as Miss Universe 2015 instead of First Runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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