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Steve Harvey makes more gaffes at 2019 Miss Universe Pageant

Woops! He did it, again. Steve Harvey is making more headlines over a gaffe at the Miss Universe Pageant this weekend.

The five-time host of the pageant misidentified the winner of the beauty contest’s costume competition. Harvey, who was reading from a teleprompter, announced Ms. Philippines won this year’s best costume portion. But the actual winner, Shweta Sekhon from Malaysia, who was standing beside Harvey as he announced the wrong winner, looked utterly bewildered.

As Harvey was speaking, she took the microphone from him to correct the mistake. Here’s how the exchange went.

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“I thought I had on something fly, woo!,” Harvey began before pointing to Sekhon’s costume which was adorned with food. 

“Cake and oranges, potato chips, this is a lot …“ 

Sekhon then asked for the microphone.

“Steve, it’s not Philippines, it’s Malaysia,” she said.

A clearly upset Harvey pointed to the teleprompter, saying he was just reading what it said. And then he let the producers know what he thought of the mistake.

“You all got to quit doing this to me,” he said, looking toward someone at the side of the stage. 

Then he pointed to the teleprompter, again.

“I can read this,” he said.

“Now. They’re trying to fix it now. See, this is what they did to me back in 2015. Played me short like that.”

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But wait, it gets even more confusing. Miss Universe reps say Harvey didn’t mess up and the teleprompter was correct. They’re blaming Miss Malaysia.

“Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the Miss Universe 2019 National Costume competition,” a rep told Fox News.

“As part of the broadcast, we also featured Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon’s national costume. Miss Sekhon wasn’t aware we’d be announcing Philippines first, so she jumped the gun when Mr. Harvey started with that news. Mr. Harvey made a joke of it so as not to embarrass her, but no mistakes regarding the national costume winner were made by him, the prompter or production.”

Harvey’s outburst during the “non-mistake mistake” was referring to a gaffe that made headlines around the world four years ago when he announced the wrong winner at the pageant finale. 

The actual winner was Miss Philippines in that contest, but he incorrectly said Miss Columbia had won. It’s not clear who was behind that mistake, but this time, Harvey may have a point that it wasn’t his fault.

When he said the winner was from the Philippines, a photo of Gazini Ganados (the contestant from the Philippines) was displayed on the big screen behind him.

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But this isn’t the only controversy that Harvey is facing in this year’s contest. He was joking about the 2015 mix-up when announcing Miss Colombia Gabriela Tafur on to the stage this weekend. She began to joke with the host, asking him, “Are you sure you read that correctly? Should I go back? Tell me what to do.”

Harvey appeared a bit embarrassed. Tafur let him know she was just kidding around. 

“You’re forgiven, don’t worry,” she said. 

Harvey probably should have left it at that. But his quick wit may have gotten the better of him.

“You’ve forgiven me. The cartel has not,” he said.

“They’re not handling it the same way.”

It may have been an off the cuff remark, but Harvey’s critics pounced on Twitter. They said he was perpetuating a negative and offensive stereotype.

One Twitter user, @Diana_P_Correa, asked, has Harvey “actually been threaten[ed] by a Colombian cartel? Can someone explain his “joke … It’s not funny, it’s offensive. Drugs have tainted us with blood and pain. Be respectful and Stop joking about it!!! Stop the ignorance!!!”

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Another said Harvey should be dropped from the pageant altogether.

“The “joke” that Steve Harvey said two times about the Colombian cartel, is disrespectful and xenophobic,” wrote @OrdenDivino.

“He shouldn’t be [a] presenter never again … ”

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