Steve Harvey almost makes another gaffe at Miss Universe pageant: ‘Don’t try to blame this on me’

Steve Harvey and Clémence Botino of France speak onstage at the 70th Miss Universe Competition on December 12, 2021 in Eilat, Israel.
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He wouldn’t do it again, would he?!

After being replaced for 2020's iteration, Steve Harvey was back hosting the 70th annual Miss Universe pageant in Eilat, Israel, with the spectre of some of his previous pageant gaffes hanging over his head.

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You might recall how the funny game show host called the wrong winner when he hosted Miss Universe in 2015. He accidentally announced the first runner-up, Miss Colombia, as the winner, instead of the actual winner, Miss Philippines.

Well, as Yahoo reports, Harvey almost flubbed it again.

After announcing South Africa as the second runner-up, he turned to the two remaining contestants from Paraguay and India. Then he blurted out, “Congratulations Portugal,” before quickly correcting himself.

“They wrote Portugal on the damn sign,” Harvey exclaimed. “Trying to play me, they’re trying to get me again. But I’m not going for it this year. Congratulations Paraguay. They had Portugal on the damn sign. I looked dead at it. Y'all saw it. Don't try to blame this on me this year.”

Actually, Harvey might have been making a nod to another of his miscues at the 2019 pageant, when he introduced a video montage of Miss Philippines, when it was actually Miss Malaysia. He blamed that on a teleprompter too.

By the end of this pageant, Harvey did correctly name the winner. Miss India, Harnaaz Sandhu, is the winner of Miss Universe 2021. It was the first time India grabbed the crown in 21 years.

As Yahoo details, the 21-year-old Sandhu beat out 79 other contestants, including runner-up Miss Paraguay, Nadia Ferreira. Sandhu, an actor, said she draws inspiration from Indian actress and Nick Jonas' wife, Priyanka Chopra, and is a strong advocate for women's empowerment.

After having hosted Miss Universe six times now, it’s starting to feel like the producers might actually hope for some Harvey mishaps, since he’s so adept at quickly turning them into laughs. And they certainly bring attention to the pageant long after it’s concluded.

We’re guessing you remember Harvey’s 2015 wrong winner flub more than who actually won that year, or who hosted last year.

Still, after the embarrassments, Harvey must love getting back to his usual "Family Feud" gig, where the stakes are much humbler, and the show thrives on awkward, funny verbal mistakes that rarely turn into big viral blunders.

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