The Miss Universe 2015 contest ended with shock and confusion after the host Steve Harvey mistakenly named the wrong competitor as the winner. Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo had already been crowned and was celebrating onstage when the embarrassed host was forced to rectify his error.
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"Okay, folks, um, I have to apologise," he said as he returned to the stage. "The first runner-up is Colombia."
Miss Colombia was initially crowned the Miss Universe winner
His announcement saw the camera pan to the runner-up Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who looked stunned and placed her hand over her mouth while she waited for the host to announce the real winner.
"Miss Universe 2015 is Philippines," Steve declared, prompting the awkward moment where Pia had to come forward to reclaim the crown and sash from Miss Colombia.
With an audience of millions of stunned viewers watching around the world, a mortified Steve took responsibility for the mistake, telling viewers: "I will take responsibility for this, it was my mistake. It's on the card… horrible mistake, but I can show it to you right here. It is my mistake, but it's still a great night."
Host Steve Harvey later revealed Miss Philippines was the real winner
Steve held up the card, adding: "Please don't hold it against the ladies, please don't. I feel so badly but it's still a great night."
He has since tweeted to apologise once again, writing: "I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible. Secondly, I'd like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake.
"I don't want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing."
Miss Colombia was forced to hand over her crown on stage
The error prompted a huge reaction from viewers on social media, with many describing it as the "fail of the decade". Colombian actress Sofia Vergara shared a photo of Ariadna on Instagram, writing: "Our winner anyway."
The Miss Universe winner Pia later apologised for the mistake, telling reporters: "I'm very sorry. I did not take the crown from her. None of this was done on purpose. It was an honest mistake."