Steve Harvey, the host of the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday misread his cue card and announced Miss Colombia the winner of the contest instead of Miss Philippines.
According to a report in The Straits Times via AFP, the comedian said that he misread his cue card which he initially said had Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as the winner.
After the announcement, Miss Colombia who was already crowned began waving, smiling and blowing kisses at the crowed when Harvey awkwardly said:
“I have to apologise. The first runner up is Colombia. Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines,” he added, with the Colombian contestant left like a deer in headlights and the actual winner, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, looking stunned.
And all on live television with millions watching from Manila to Manchester.
“It was my fault,” Harvey stammered as a perplexed audience held its breath. “Please don’t hold it against the ladies,” added the talk show host.
The contest, held in Las Vegas this year, is wildly popular in Latin America and much of Asia.
Watch what happened below.