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Steve Harvey says he needed armed guards after Miss Universe mistake

Comedian returns as the host of the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant

 

Steve Harvey says he has needed round-the-clock armed security at his home since he flubbed the results of the Miss Universe pageant in 2015.

The TV host recalled his headline-making gaffe in a chat with Cigar Aficionado for its April issue, and he said the death threats he received caused him to up his security measures.

“I live on a dead-end street — and it got real when things started coming over the gate. Empty boxes with bows and pictures of bombs,” he told the magazine, according to Us Weekly. "And these with death threats on social media that would pop up from fake IP addresses. I wound up with 24-hour armed security at my house. I have two armed guards there full-time to this day."

Harvey said many people are still upset with him for mistakenly naming Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez, as the pageant winner instead of the true winner -- Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach. He corrected the mistake on stage and eventually gave the crown to Wurtzbach.

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“In the Philippines, they love me — but I can’t go to Colombia,” he said. "The next morning, there was this massive crowd, all around my car outside the hotel—all these Colombians giving me hell. My Twitter and Instagram blew up and I got called every name in the book. I got cussed out in Spanish so bad that I know profanity in Spanish now.”

The “Family Feud” host has also faced backlash for sitting down with President Donald Trump for a meeting in January.

“I’m glad I did [meet with Trump],” he told the mag. “You have to take a seat at the table when you’re invited. If you’re not at the table, you can’t refuse the menu, or suggest what you should be eating. I walked away feeling like I had just talked with a man who genuinely wants to make a difference in this area.”

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