EXCLUSIVE: Miss Universe on Miss Colombia's 'Injustice' Comment: I'd Feel the Same Way

by Raphael Chestang 4:15 PM PST, January 04, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Miss Universe on Miss Colombia's 'Injustice' Comment: I'd Feel the Same Way

Steve Harvey's Miss Universe blunder certainly won't be forgotten any time soon -- if ever! ET spoke with the official winner, Pia Wurtzbach, who revealed she is still disappointed by the mix-up.

Pia said she knows it hurt Ariadna Gutierrez-Arevalo to have to give up the crown after Harvey mistakenly named her the winner, but she wishes the best for Miss Colombia and has faith in her talent.

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"I hope that she realizes that this will open doors for her," Pia told ET's Nischelle Turner. "I think that she will go far."

Pia also responded to a comment Miss Colombia made over the weekend, in which she called the gaffe a "great injustice."

"I understand if she feels that way," Pia said. "If the situation was the other way around, I think I would feel the same way. I think my supporters would feel the same way as well."

The beauty queen also expressed sympathy for Harvey, whom she said apologized to her backstage.

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"From an audience perspective, it was very surprising," Pia recalled. "You don't expect something like that to happen. It's a human mistake. It's live television. It happens, and Steve Harvey apologized for it right away. I respect him for that."

After the debacle, former co-owner of the pageant, Donald Trump, weighed in on what he would do if he was in charge of the contest, saying that he would have made them co-winners.

"I think that it would be a challenge for two girls to share a crown," Pia shared. "It's never been done before."

Despite the drama that Pia and Ariadna have gone through together, their bond remains intact.

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"During Christmas Day, that was actually her birthday as well, I messaged her," Pia said. "I wished her happy birthday and merry Christmas. I wished her well. I said, 'I hope you're OK,' and she replied back. That was the only time I was able to talk to her. I didn't see her backstage."