Steve Harvey: I Got Death Threats After Miss Universe Flub

Steve Harvey and Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez
Steve Harvey and Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Today

Feeling the heat. Steve Harvey revealed in a new interview that he received death threats following his embarrassing Miss Universe blunder last month.

The Family Feud host, 59, and Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez spoke with the Today show's Natalie Morales in Chicago, shortly after filming their two-part special, Miss Universe: The Truth, for his daytime talk show.

"I blew it in a big moment. And the person that was hurt the most was [Gutierrez]," Harvey told Morales during their chat, which aired on Tuesday, January 19. "That was the greatest regret for me."

According to Morales, Harvey also revealed that he was inundated with death threats and insults via social media in the aftermath of last month's pageant.

Last month, the comedian accidentally crowned Gutierrez, 22, Miss Universe instead of the real winner, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach. Gutierrez opened up about having to give back the crown during the sit-down.

"It was the happiest four minutes and a half that I ever had. I have been able to make an entire country happy. But after that, I felt horrible. I was crying a lot," Gutierrez told Morales. "Now I can say, 'OK, it was the worst night of my life, but it was the best one, too.'"

As previously reported, Gutierrez and Harvey also had an emotional heart-to-heart about the debacle on his show. (The second part of their chat will air on Tuesday, January 19.) During part one, Gutierrez poked fun at the situation — and Harvey's reading skills.

"You have to learn how to read cards," she quipped.

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