Steve Harvey accidentally crowned the wrong winner four years ago during the Miss Universe pageant.
During this year’s competition, the 62-year-old announced the incorrect winner for the National Costume award. He told the audience, “Earlier this week, all the contestants competed in a National Costume contest. Here’s the look at the winner, Miss Philippines…”
However, the contestant standing next to him was Miss Malaysia, Shweta Sekhon. She took the microphone from Harvey and corrected him saying, “It’s not Philippines. It’s Malaysia.”
The Family Feud star then explained, “Well… let me explain something to you. I just read that in a teleprompter. You all quit doing this to me. I can read this. They are trying to fix it now. This is what they did to me back in 2015.”
However, an insider told Deadline that Steve Harvey had actually not made a mistake. He revealed, “Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the Miss Universe 2019 National Costume contest. As part of the broadcast, we also featured Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon’s national costume.”
“Miss Sekhon wasn’t aware we’d be announcing Philippines first, so she jumped the gun when Mr. Harvey started with that news. Mr. Harvey made a joke of it, but no mistakes regarding the national costume winner were made by him, the prompter or production,” they added.
This year they crowned Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi as the winner of Miss Universe.
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