Miss Universe Says Steve Harvey Should Return as Host Despite Mistake

January 4, 2016 Updated: January 7, 2016
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Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach, who won the recent Miss Universe competition, says that Steve Harvey should return as host despite his huge mistake.

Harvey announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner before realizing he’d read the card wrong and switching it to Wurtzbach. 

The 26-year-old Filipino laughed about the moment on Good Morning America on Monday before saying Harvey should definitely return as host this year.

“Yeah, why not?” she said. “I think he’s a breath of fresh air. He made us feel very relaxed, the contestants. It makes us show our personalities a little bit more. I think that benefits everybody, especially the viewers.”

Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, poses for photos after winning the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, poses for photos after winning the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, center, removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right, at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. Gutierrez was incorrectly named the winner before Wurtzbach was given the Miss Universe crown. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, center, removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right, at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Las Vegas. Gutierrez was incorrectly named the winner before Wurtzbach was given the Miss Universe crown. (AP Photo/John Locher)

 

She said she saw the card Harvey read off of, and understands how he made the flub.

“The way it was written, it was a little confusing,” she said.

“I understand. It was his first time to judge a pageant, but it’s OK. He’s human. People make mistakes.”

Wurtzbach also said she reached out to Gutierrez to make sure she’s doing okay.