Survey says … my bad! Steve Harvey announced the wrong Miss Universe winner during the live broadcast on Sunday, December 20 — and the Internet is still cringing over it.
The Family Feud host, 58, named runner-up Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez the winner, instead of the actual victor, Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach. It was only after Gutierrez wore the crown and waved to the crowd that Harvey realized his mistake.
“I will take responsibility for this,” Harvey said on stage. “It was my mistake.”
The actor-comedian also apologized via Facebook after the show. “Hey Everyone, I made a terrible mistake tonight in announcing the wrong winner and runner-up for the Miss Universe pageant,” he wrote. “I know how much pride many countries, fans and most importantly, the contestants take in preparing for this night. I hope that you can forgive me.”
He continued: “All contestants were amazing but I want to specifically apologize to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines again and wholeheartedly. You both represented well for your countries, families and yourselves.”
Despite Harvey’s heartfelt post, the damage was already done. Several memes have since gone viral following the incident.
Check out some reactions below — including one from Justin Bieber!
— Van Shu (@SemperVan) December 21, 2015
Miss Universe 2015 and Miss Universe 2015S
— Coños of Manila (@ManilaConyos) December 21, 2015
I hope Steve Harvey is also signed up to host Miss Galaxy
— Julia Porcher (@juliacallaway) December 21, 2015
i feel for #SteveHarvey
— Brian Kim (@Group_BK) December 21, 2015
— jessica (@xomoonflower) December 21, 2015
Ok…This Is The Last One & I’ma Leave Steve Harvey Alone. Oprah Gonna Make It Better. ,Oprah ,EverybodyMissUnivers… pic.twitter.com/DbT8VCgwLq
— Miss Universe 2014 (@MsUniverseCrown) December 21, 2015
— Meredyth Censullo (@WFLAmeredyth) December 21, 2015
— Media Diva (@DcsMediaDiva) December 21, 2015
— Megan Thompson (@MeganABC15) December 21, 2015
— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) December 21, 2015
Steve Harvey this AM: pic.twitter.com/gNfJlSuj41
— College Sports Only (@OfficialCSO) December 21, 2015
— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) December 21, 2015
— Sunayana Suresh (@sunayanasuresh) December 21, 2015
— Ivy Beckham (@AiVeeBeckham) December 21, 2015
— D-Witt ? (@dwittofficial) December 21, 2015
You couldn’t have paid me to care about Miss Universe competition before this. I love Steve Harvey. And both contestants too, now, actually
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) December 21, 2015
— Phil (@Phillip_Thomaz) December 21, 2015
— Cindy Poluta (@CindyPoluta) December 21, 2015
— Leslie Noye (@Leslie_Noye) December 21, 2015
— ZIMвαɾвïεAN♎️ (@zimbarbiean) December 21, 2015
..”God bless the girls who smile and hug when they’re called out as a runner-up on TV”
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) December 21, 2015
Wrong #MissUniverse crowned last night. For 2 minutes.
Remember when that happened with our President in 2000 & we had to keep him 8 years?
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 21, 2015