Steve Harvey took the blame for perhaps the most epic beauty pageant host blunder of all time on Sunday night’s Miss Universe 2015 Pageant, but some are pointing to a backstage Snapchat video as proof the mistake may have been someone else's.
A seven-second behind-the-scenes video shows Harvey immediately after naming the wrong winner -- Miss Colombia instead of Miss Philippines -- pointing to a cue card and talking to an unidentified person saying: “The teleprompter said Miss Universe – Colombia.”
Snapchat is a social media platform that features user-generated short videos. The video in question looks as if it were posted on the Miss Universe Snapchat channel, but it is no longer there. It has however been shared multiple times by users, including a pageant queen from the Miss America organization, Miss Alabama Meg McGuffin, who wrote: “Watch the Miss Universe snap story…Harvey says, “The TelePrompter said Miss Universe-Colombia”…someone in production is fired….”
Sports Illustrated writer Kenny Ducey tweeted, “Conspiracy theory #2 – the teleprompter.”
Another social media user, Taylor Ramsey, weighed in: “Teleprompter was wrong. Yes he had a card, but we all know the card is just for show…from #Miss Universe snapchat.”
Harvey immediately apologized for the mistake calling it a “human error,” and apologized on Twitter.
“I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible.”
The Miss Universe organization issued a statement on Sunday night for the mix-up without placing blame on any particular individual.
"The excitement of live TV was evident tonight on The Miss Universe stage with over 10 million live fan votes tabulated. Unfortunately, a live telecast means that human error can come into play. We witnessed that tonight when the wrong winner was initially announced. Our sincerest apologies to Miss Universe Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez-Arévalo, Miss Universe Philippines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, their families and fans."
Steve Harvey and the Miss Universe organization didn't immediately return requests for comment.