Miss Universe host names wrong winner of pageant

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LAS VEGAS - Miss Universe host Steve Harvey named the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday night.

After announcing Miss USA Olivia Jordan as the third runner-up, Harvey named Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as the night's big winner, thereby relegating the other remaining contestant, Miss Phillipines, Pia Alonzo Wurzbach, to the second runner up spot, FOX News reported.

Miss Colombia 2015 Ariadna Gutierrez (L) is mistakenly named Miss Universe 2015 instead of first runner-up during the 2015 during the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. (Getty Images)
Miss Colombia 2015 Ariadna Gutierrez (L) is mistakenly named Miss Universe 2015 instead of first runner-up during the 2015 during the 2015 MISS UNIVERSE show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. (Getty Images)

But after Miss Colombia received her crown and a bouquet of flowers, Harvey announced he had made an error, and that Miss Phillipines was in fact the winner.

A stunned Miss Phillipines, who had taken her place with the other contestants behind Miss Colombia, then walked out to center stage, alongside Miss Colombia, who did not move.

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015 is congratulated by pageant friends on stage during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, California, on December 20, 2015. Miss Philippines was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant's host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines was named Miss Universe, but in a drama-filled turn worthy of a telenovela. The pageant's host comedian Steve Harvey, also a talk show host, misread the card which he said had Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. (Getty Images)

Harvey apologized, saying it was his error, held up the card he said named Miss Phillipines the winner, and asked the audience and television viewers not to blame the women.

With both pageant contestants standing at the front of the stage, Miss Colombia still in her crown and sash, the show concluded.

Videos of the post show reactions of both Miss Phillipines and Miss Columbia were posted on the Miss Universe official Twitter account.

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