Despite announcing the wrong winner of Miss Universe 2015 this week, host Steve Harvey will probably be returning to the pageant, Entertainment Tonight reported.
Sources close to the production told ET that Harvey, 58, signed a multi-year contract to host the event days before it aired on Sunday. Meanwhile, his paycheck is “more than they’ve ever paid before for a host,” another source added.
The deal will last for at least three years, ET reported.
Meanwhile, CNN attempted to reach out to Miss Universe officials, but they declined to comment on whether he’ll be back for 2016.
“We do not disclose any information on our contracts,” a spokesman told the network Wednesday.
Harvey was slammed for announcing Miss Colombia as the winner before issuing a correction live on the air, saying that Miss Philippines was the actual winner.
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 23, 2015
Harvey said he was sorry for the flub.
“I know how much pride many countries, fans and most importantly, the contestants take in preparing for this night. I hope that you can forgive me,” he said in an apology on Facebook.
“All contestants were amazing but I want to specifically apologize to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines again and wholeheartedly. You both represented well for your countries, families and yourselves.”
— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) December 23, 2015
He also said in a press conference, “I feel horrible for the two countries. I feel horrible for the fans. It was a mistake. The dishonorable thing would be to just leave it like it was. It didn’t deserve to happen that way, but it happened from an honest mistake.”
His wife defended Harvey, saying that he’s a “true class act” for admitting his responsibility.
“You are a Stand Up Man and A True Class Act the way you went back out on the stage on live TV and took full responsibility alone. I am so proud to be your wife! I love you,” she wrote on Instagram.
An expert said that Harvey’s gaffe is an instance of the saying, “any publicity is good publicity.”
Fraser Seitel told CNN that Miss Universe should try to get him to come back.
“This was the best thing to ever happen to the pageant,” he said, adding: “I guarantee you it would increase the audience.”