Dear Miss Universe Pageant,
First, I would like to thank you for having Mr. Steve Harvey as your host. You made an excellent choice in selecting him. He is a skilled and veteran television personality whose record speaks for itself. While he made a huge mistake, much is to be said about his professionalism and class. His performance before, during and after the pageant proves that he is a man of integrity and honor and he should be respected as such.
All that aside, I believe that the Miss Universe organization must take responsibility for the way that it handled the mistake that Mr. Harvey made. Mr. Harvey was simply hired to host, but not hired to make decisions on behalf of the organization.
When the issue was identified, that was the perfect opportunity for pageant professionals to step in and make decisions that eliminated any awkwardness, discomfort or confusion. The Miss Universe Organization should have done the following:
- Alerted Miss Universe 2014, Miss Columbia and Miss Philippines prior to the announcement that there was a mistake… event if it were a brief whisper in order to ensure that each was prepared for what was next.
- Miss Universe President Paula Shugart should have joined Mr. Harvey on the stage to assist in the execution of this correction. Steve was the host, not an agent of the organization.
- Miss Universe Director of Public Relations, Jackie Shahinian should have written a better release that included thanking Mr. Harvey for being a person of integrity and grit AND sitting through a very difficult post-pageant press conference. The organization has the obligation to protect who it hires. See the note I am holding her responsible for below: (It sucks)
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. We congratulate Miss Universe Philippines as Miss Universe 2015.