Not sugarcoating it. Miss Colombia is still reeling over Steve Harvey’s embarrassing Miss Universe flub. Ariadna Gutierrez opened up about having to give back her crown during a recent interview with Colombia's W radio.
"It was very humiliating for me, but also for the whole country and for all the people not only from Colombia, but the other Latinos that were in the auditorium,” Gutierrez, 21, said, via Latin Times.
As previously reported, Harvey accidentally named Gutierrez Miss Universe during his hosting duties on Sunday, December 20. The Family Feud host, 58, cleared up his mistake after Gutierrez had already waved to the crowd and received flowers. The real victor, Miss Philippines' Pia Wurtzbach, was just as shocked by the mix-up.
Gutierrez, meanwhile, teared up when she learned of her runner-up title. She explained to W radio that she thought Harvey was just kidding because he joked around during rehearsals.
Harvey’s brutal blunder quickly went viral via social media. Several memes were created, and some viewers even thought that the mistake was just a ratings ploy. “If that was the goal, they succeeded,” Gutierrez said.
Furthermore, others — including Donald Trump — believed that both Gutierrez and Wurtzbach should have been named co-winners. (The GOP candidate, 69, tweeted his opinion after the live show. Trump was fired from NBC and the Miss USA pageant in June following his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.)
"For the first time, I agree with him," Gutierrez told W radio of the former Celebrity Apprentice host.
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