He added that he didn’t rehearse announcing who would be Miss Universe because they did not yet know who would win. After he proclaimed Miss Colombia as the winner, there was “a lot of hell going on” in his ear piece.
Throughout the press conference, Harvey owned up to his mistake, and also took to Twitter to say sorry to both pageant contestants.
“I’d like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible,” he wrote. “Secondly, I’d like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake. I don’t want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing.”
He also Instagrammed a photo of himself apologizing backstage to Miss Philippines. “I had the chance to apologize to Miss Philippines and I’m thankful. #godisgood #iloveyou I apologized to Miss Colombia as well,” Harvey wrote.