Talk about awkward: Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez had to hand over her crown after Steve Harvey erroneously announced she was the winner of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. Now, she and Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach, who was the actual winner, are not on speaking terms, Wurtzbach told Entertainment Tonight backstage at the Hollywood hotel-casino in Las Vegas.
Wurtzbach, 26, felt bad taking the crown from Gutierrez and wanted to comfort her. But Gutierrez, 21, was too emotional at the time. "She was crying and then there was a crowd around her, the girls who were comforting her," Miss Universe 2015 told ET. "I was actually very close to her already, but I decided that maybe it was bad timing to do it now, to apologize to her for what happened. So maybe I'll do that in the future."
Harvey’s mistake made Wurzbach wonder if she really had won. "I had to ask my [manager] many times like, 'Did I really win? Am I really Miss Universe? Are you going to take the crown from me now?'" she told ET Sunday. "And they [said], 'No, no, you're really the winner.'"
The Filipino beauty queen was stunned. "I was confused. I wasn't sure what was going on," Wurtzbach said. "I didn't expect that to happen at all."
Gutierrez has not issued a statement since the loss, except to say "everything happens for a reason," in a video on the Miss Universe Twitter page.
Harvey, however, profusely apologized for the blunder. “I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible,” he wrote Sunday. “I don't want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing.”
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