Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez, who was wrongly crowned Miss Universe 2015, told Colombia’s W radio Wednesday that the incident was “very humiliating” for her. Miss Universe host Steve Harvey mixed up Gutiérrez and Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach’s names while announcing the winner on Dec. 20.
Gutiérrez opened up about the incident in an interview to the radio station."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," the 22-year-old told the radio station, according to the Latin Times.
Gutiérrez, the first runner-up of the pageant, reportedly said that she initially considered Harvey’s mix-up “to be a joke, because in the rehearsals he used to play around with questions and I thought he was going to continue with that same tone to make people laugh." She, however, wished Wurtzbach after the incident.
Harvey apologized and said that it was an honest mistake. However, the incident left people wondering whether it was actually an accident or a strategy to boost the channel’s rating. "If that was the goal, they succeeded," Gutierrez added.
After the Miss Universe fiasco, Gutiérrez was reportedly offered $1 million to make porn movies for Vivid Entertainment, the maker of several celebrity pornographic films. “Like so many others I have followed closely the debacle that you unfortunately were a part of. That could not have been an enjoyable evening,” Vivid Entertainment CEO Steve Hirsch wrote in the letter. “I will pay you up to $1 million to both make movies for and represent Vivid Entertainment. You will pick partners, the type of sex you want to have, and how many movies you ultimately appear in.”