Steve Harvey may have committed the worst hosting blunder in live television history when he announced the wrong Miss Universe 2015.
However, new reports that have surfaced suggest that the ‘honest mistake’ which Steve Harvey took responsibility for was no human error at all.
In a report by The Inquisitr, the website relays an article from The Hollywood Reporter which reveals the openness of Miss Universe organizers in having Harvey back again to host the 2016 edition of the pageant. This openness raises the question on whether the announcement fiasco was only intended for publicity and to boost online conversation for the show.
Salon even offers a list of conspiracy theories offered from different parties. One of the theories listed in the website is that Steve Harvey owned up to a mistake he did not make. Instead, the website mentions that the person in-charge behind the teleprompter may have been the real culprit because a Snapchat video showed that the teleprompter printed Miss Universe – Colombia instead of Philippines.
However, Salon details that the said video has been taken down since.
Still, Chief Content Officer Mark Shapiro from WWE | IMG (the company that bought Miss Universe from Donald Trump) clears it up on why they are open to bring back Steve Harvey for Miss Universe 2016.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes Shapiro in saying:
“He was funny, he was informative, he’s high energy, he’s got a great following. I definitely want him back, and I would hate to see him not come back. He’s going to want a shot to redeem himself.”
Aside from Shapiro, another personality who is willing to give Steve Harvey another shot at hosting is gossip blogger Perez Hilton. Although initially Hilton slammed Harvey for not announcing the deserving winner, he ultimately had a change of heart.
In an interview with US Weekly, Hilton can be quoted as saying:
“They need to bring Steve Harvey back again next year. And bring me back as a special backstage correspondent.”
Despite the hosting fiasco, Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo-Wurtzbach was hailed as the Miss Universe 2015–a title that has evaded the country for more than four decades.