"Uh, I have to apologize," Harvey told the stunned contestants. "The first runner-up is Colombia. Miss Universe 2015 is Miss Philippines."
Harvey later tweeted: "I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia. This was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.” The tweet was later deleted, maybe because — adding insult to injury — he misspelled both countries' names.
Harvey then tweeted this series of apologies:
I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.
Donald Trump, who sold his interest in the pageant, had graciously encouraged his Twitter followers to support its new owner, Ari Emanuel of IMG. After the snafu, Trump retweeted a somewhat less encouraging sentiment:
"@drdoucette: #MissUniverse DonaldTrump must be overjoyed that as soon as he sells the pageant it goes off the rails. We need you Mr Trump