AceShowbiz - Miss Universe 2019 is currently underway with Steve Harvey returning as the pegeant show's host. Things went without a hitch during the December 8 broadcast, until it was time for the 62-year-old TV personality to introduce Miss Colombia Gabriela Tafur.
Steve named the 24-year-old as one of the contestants who made the top 20. Given the mishap he did at the 2015 Miss Universe involving another Miss Colombia, the host looked nervous. This time, he showed his card to prove that Gabriela was indeed among the top 20.
"Nailed it," he said after successfully spelling the name of Colombia out loud. Gabriela appeared to go along with Steve's joke during the awkward moment, saying, "Should I go back? Tell me what to do." In response, Steve quipped, "The cartel hasn't forgiven me."
The joke apparently didn't sit well with most people on Twitter. "That was not only disrespectful but absolutely unacceptable and unnecessary," someone said on the blue bird app. Another viewer chimmed in, "Maybe someone should tell #SteveHarvey that his jokes about Cartels in Colombia are rude and disrespectful, he encourages wrong stereotypes."
" 'The Cartel hasn't forgiven me' WTF #steveharvey?? Almost 2020 and you still have stereotypes about Colombia... @sshole," someone else snapped. "So #disrespectful #talking #about the Colombian cartel and shushing people !! Steve Harvey #need to #learn #manners!" another person blasted Steve with someone dubbed the joke "not funny at all."
Steve had history with the country after mistakenly announcing Colombia Arianda Gutierrez as the winner of Miss Universe 2015 instead of Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach. "I have to apologize," Steve began before taking a long and awkward pause. "The first runner up is Colombia ... Miss Philippines, take your first walk as Miss Universe."
Following the blunder, Steve explained on his radio show, "Here's the situation: Now, when the mistake was made, when I said the wrong woman's name, I can only give information I had. No one knows, and that information is not in the teleprompter because you’ve got two women standing there."
"I read what was on the teleprompter, then I read what was on the card ... The difference being: On the card, it said first runner-up. Now, what happened, how it got like that, how it was done, how it was worked on, that's neither here nor there. I said the name that was on the card. When I walked off, everything was cool … and then, after that, all hell broke loose," he added.