Steve Harvey Under Fire: Host Skipped Miss Universe Rehearsals To Drink And Gamble

Following his major blunder of crowning Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as Miss Universe 2015 — when Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was the true winner all along — Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Hardy has said the incident was “an honest mistake” as an outcome of misreading the results card.

“I was standing there reading the card,” shared Harvey at a backstage press conference, recalling the critical moments following his announcement that Miss Colombia had won the pageant. “I just kept reading the card and it said, ‘First runner-up’ and I went, ‘Oh my goodness.’”

For calling out the wrong name — and ultimately ruining the moment for both Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines — Harvey has reached out to both contestants and expressed his deepest apologies.

A snapshot on Instagram shows Harvey holding on to both of Wurtzbach’s hands, with the caption, “I had the chance to apologize to Miss Philippines and I’m thankful. #godisgood #iloveyou I apologized to Miss Colombia as well.”

I had the chance to apologize to Miss Philippines and I’m thankful. #godisgood #iloveyou I apologized to Miss Colombia as well.

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The apology comes in light of allegations that Harvey had been out and about gambling and drinking in Las Vegas just a few hours before the pageant. TMZ claims the 58-year-old comedian was spotted sitting at a high-end roulette table and had enjoyed “a few drinks.” No comment from Harvey’s side has been made regarding the claims.

Meanwhile, a source has revealed that Harvey missed a very important part of the Miss Universe 2015 rehearsals. “Steve went to the beginning of rehearsals, but missed the last hour, at least,” said the insider. “He did not practice the ending.”

The source added, “The name of the winner is not in the prompter, they don’t want the girls to see it,” noting that the stage manager was indeed aware, but it is likely he did not inform Harvey.

Regarding the matter as to whether or not the mix-up was a publicity stunt — either on Harvey’s side or from the Miss Universe organization as a whole — sources say there is “no way” such allegations are the truth. “Nobody could believe it,” the source commented.

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