Itinanggi ng American TV host na si Steve Harvey na publicity stunt lamang ng Miss Universe Organization ang pagkakamali niya sa Miss Universe 2015 pageant.
Matatandaang nagkamali si Steve ng pag-anunsiyo na si Miss ColOmbia Ariadna Gutierrez ang Miss Universe 2015 at 1st runner-up si Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo-Wurtzbach.
Pagkalipas ng ilang minuto matapos makoronahan ang Latina beauty, nilinaw ni Steve na nagkamali siya at si Pia ang totoong nanalo at 1st runner-up lamang si Ariadna.
Pahayag ng American TV host sa kanyang radio program na Steve Harvey Morning Show nitong January 4, "That's stupid. Why the hell would I do that?
"What I do not participate in is a bunch of BS? I'm already famous.
"Do you really think I wanted to be famous like this?
"In my wildest dreams, you could not have told me this, not in a million years.
"I had to walk back out there and do what I thought was the right thing for Miss Philippines."
DOING THE RIGHT THING. Paliwanag pa ni Steve, na-realize niyang nagkamali siya nang mapansin niya ang "confusion" sa backstage matapos niyang ianunsiyo ang resulta.
"All hell broke loose.
"All I heard people saying backstage was, 'That's the wrong name.'
"And then a guy came to me and said, 'They say you said the wrong name.'
"All I heard was confusion backstage.
"I was standing in the wing, so what I did was I said I'll go fix it.
"I took it upon myself and walked out there to do something.
"All I could think of was, there's a problem??the lady who won, Miss Philippines, is standing there as a loser.
"She got all the votes and the points. So I'm going out there and I will say I made a mistake.
"Did I make a mistake? Yes, I did, wholeheartedly."
Ayon pa kay Steve, mas pinili niyang siya na ang umamin at umayos ng kanyang pagkakamali kaysa ipasa ang responsibilidad sa organizers.
"I did what I was trained to do by my father. I did what I did and be the man I'm supposed to be??you make a mistake, own up to it.
"I went out there and said I made a mistake. I tried to fix it, I tried to fix it right there.
"So why would I wait and whine in my head that we got to do something? We got to do it while we're on TV.
"I could've just stayed back and let them fix it, let them deal with it, but I owned up to my portion of the mistake."
SAYING SORRY. Pagkatapos ng pageant ay agad daw nilapitan ni Steve si Pia sa backstage upang humingi ng paumanhin.
Pero inamin niyang hindi pa siya personal na nakakahingi ng paumanhin kay Miss Colombia.
"It was horrible for Miss Colombia. She was the one I haven't had the chance to talk to.
"I've had the chance to talk to Miss Philippines, I've talked to all the pageant people, I've talked to the people backstage.
"Even me and the director had a long conversation.
"I haven't been able to reach out and talk to Miss Colombia.
"Have I tried? Yes, but I haven't gotten a response."
Kung mayaroon man daw siyang pinagsisisihan, ito ay ang pakiramdam na idinulot ng nangyari kay Miss Colombia.
"That's my only regret.
"I don't feel sorry for me. I don't feel sorry for the pageant.
"My only regret is how this woman must have felt, and none of us know what that is.
"I felt for her more than me."
Gayunpaman, nanindigan si Steve na deserving si Pia sa pagkapanalo nito.
"I mean, look, I'm just a man here, I haven't been waiting all my life for this moment. So I felt for that.
"But at the same time, how can I not let Miss Philippines, who actually won the event [be crowned]?
"She got the most points. She's the real winner."