Miss USA Thought Steve Harvey's Miss Universe Mix-Up Was a 'Bizarre Joke'

by Jackie Willis 6:31 AM PST, December 21, 2015
Playing Miss USA Thought Steve Harvey's Miss Universe Mix-Up Was a 'Bizarre Joke'

Miss USA, Olivia Jordan, said she and Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, were "panicked" after hearing Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, as the Miss Universe winner.

The second runner-up was still in shock when she spoke with ET backstage after the awkward television moment, and said she never expected something like this could happen in her "wildest dreams."

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"You know Steve's a comedian, and I thought he was making a bizarre joke," she said. "I knew that both of their stomachs were turning."

Jordan recalled the moment Harvey realized he had misspoke. "Well, Steve came back out after [Miss] Colombia was taking her walk as the new Miss Universe, and [he] came out and said that he made a mistake, which was shocking!" she explained. "I was standing with Pia and I turned to her and I said, 'I think you are Miss Universe!' But she didn't know. We didn't know how to react."

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Miss USA said she's still "processing" what happened and can't imagine what Miss Colombia is feeling. "When you hear your name, it is the most joy in the whole world and to have that taken away so fast, it's going to take some time for her to process I'm sure," she said. "All of our thoughts are with her. She is incredible, and she would have been a great Miss Universe as well."

The 27-year-old beauty queen added that despite the blunder, Wurtzbach should wear the crown with pride. "I'm sure everything happened for a reason, and this confusion, I feel bad for both of the women involved," Jordan said. "But Pia will be an amazing Miss Universe. She is going to be a great representative, and, as you've all heard, she has incredible fans."

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ET also spoke with Miss Philippines about the mix-up and she too recalled how confused she felt. "I had to ask my [manager] many times like, 'Did I really win? Am I really Miss Universe? Are you going to take the crown from me now?'" she said. "And they [said], 'No, no, you're really the winner.'"

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