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Steve Harvey Returns to Host Miss Universe, Jokes With Miss Colombia About Last Year's Flub

by Jackie Willis 8:12 AM PST, January 30, 2017
Playing Steve Harvey Returns to Host Miss Universe, Jokes With Miss Colombia About Last Year's Flub

Steve Harvey was able to laugh at himself when he hit the stage once again to host the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday night.

At last year's pageant, the 60-year-old comedian made a major blunder when he accidentally announced that Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was Miss Universe when the crown was really supposed to go to Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach. "Every time I read off a card, I pucker up just a little bit," he admitted during Sunday's show.

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The event took place in the Philippines this year and Wurtzbach addressed the host's epic flub when she joined him onstage. "Steve, I never got to thank you, but thank you for making me the most popular Miss Universe," she quipped.

"That’s okay,” Harvey responded. “I want to thank you for making me the most famous host of Miss Universe."

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Continuing to make jokes throughout the night about his gaffe, Harvey also spoke with Gutierrez about what the people of Colombia thought of him. “A lot of people hate you,” she said lightheartedly. “But you know I love you.”

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The jokes carried on until the end of the evening when an Ernst & Young accountant came onstage to give Harvey a stern warning. "Listen to me sir, this has got to be right, okay?" he quipped. "Can’t let this happen again — you will not leave the Philippines."

Adding to that, Wurtzbach returned to the stage with a thick pair of reading glasses that she handed to Harvey before he announced who would be crowned Miss Universe. “Thank you, Pia,” he said. “A year late, but thank you.”

Harvey did end up correctly announcing that Iris Mittenaere of France was the new Miss Universe.

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