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Update: Miss Universe clears air on Steve Harvey national costume winner mishap: 'Mr Harvey was correct'

2019-12-09 05:17
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UPDATE: 20:38

In a statement sent to Channel24 on Monday, the Miss Universe Organisation cleared the air around the perceived mishap at the 2019 Miss Universe contest involving Steve Harvey. The statement points out that "Mr. Harvey was correct" when announcing Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados as the winner of the national costume competition.

Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon was also featured in that segment, but was not aware that Miss Universe Philippines would be spoken about first, resulting in the confusion.


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During the 2019 Miss Universe pageant, comedian Steve Harvey, who hosted the pageant for the fifth time, made a mistake when announcing the winner of the national costume competition and some fans of the competition were not having it. 

Steve announced Miss Philippines as the national costume winner, and at the same time an image of Miss Philippines came up on the screen, but when the camera turned back to Steve, he was standing next to the actual winner of the competition - Malaysia. 

Miss Malaysia, Shweta Sekhon, awkwardly pulled the microphone closer to her, saying: "Can I say something? It's not Philippines, it's Malaysia."

Steve quickly explained: "I just read that in the teleprompter."

Although the mistake was obviously not Steve's fault, Twitter was still not happy. 

TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE TWEETS BELOW:

WATCH A CLIP OF THE MISTAKE, POSTED BY BALBUZZ TV, HERE:

The mistake took people back to 2015 when Steve accidentally announced Colombia as the winner of the competition, when it was really Miss Philippines who won. 

Twitter was also upset with Steve on Sunday for jokes he made about Colombian drug cartels when speaking to Miss Colombia. The comedian joked that although Colombians may have forgiven him for his mistake in 2015, the cartel did not.