January 30, 2017—Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo extended her congratulations to American actor and TV celebrity Steve Harvey for doing a good job in hosting the 65th Miss Universe competition.
“Steve truly has a way with words, and he clearly won the heart of the Filipinos. He was apologetic but at the same time humorous,” Teo said.
The moment he stepped onstage, Harvey wasted no time to seek amends for his gaffe of initially proclaiming Miss Colombia instead of Miss Philippines in last year’s competition before he immediately corrected himself.
“All is well that ends well. He did just great to make this Miss Universe experience truly a memorable one,” Teo went on to say.
The DOT head also lauded the audience being open about Harvey’s efforts in redeeming himself. Teo said, “The Filipino audience appreciated his humor, wit and tactfulness on stage.”
The American actor-host opened the show being apologetic and poking fun at himself.
“Let’s get it out of the way, I know what you’re thinking,” he said while eliciting laughter from the crowd.
“Is that the guy from last year? Did they bring back that guy from last year? Well, they did. It’s me, I’m back,” he said
“It’s been a long year getting here. Boy, I paid the price for last year with that mistake. I went and had a little surgery, had some stuff done to my eyes, so when the card comes up we’ll get it right this year.”
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach greeted Harvey on stage with some lighthearted humor.
“Thank you for making me the most popular Miss Universe,” she said.
Harvey also faced this year’s Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar and asked her about his reputation in her country.
“I want to just ask this for myself, how do people in Colombia feel about Steve Harvey?”
Tovar jokingly replied, “A lot of people hate you, but you know I love you. That’s the most important,” Tovar said.
Before the announcement of the winner, Wurtzbach handed a pair of eye glasses to Harvey to make sure he reads the right name.
After Miss France Iris Mittenaere was crowned Miss Universe 2016, Harvey bid the audience good night and, ended the show with, “I got it right this time.”
Here’s a video clip courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization and the LCS Group showing that moment when Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach handed reading glasses to host Steve Harvey.