Beauty queens, netizens react to Miss Universe 2015 announcement

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LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 20: (L-R) Miss Colombia 2015, Ariadna Gutierrez, has her crown removed by Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega, and given to the winner of Miss Universe 2015, Miss Phillipines 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, was incorrectly named Miss Universe 2015 during the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant at The Axis at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 20, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Philippines' bet Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was named Miss Universe 2015 on December 20 (December 21, Monday, PHT) — but not without controversy.

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Pageant host Steve Harvey initially crowned Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner, Philippines as first runner-up. But seconds later Harvey corrected his announcement to everyone's shock.

He admitted he made a mistake and confirmed that Philippines won the pageant and Colombia as the runner-up — even showing the cue card to the cameras.

The crown, which had already been placed on Gutiérrez was removed from the Columbian beauty queen on stage, and was then transferred to Wurtzbach to officially crown the Filipina as Miss Universe 2015.

Netizens, including celebrities and beauty queens, took to social media to comment on the surprising turn of events.



Harvey had since made a public apology on Twitter for his blunder. He even personally approached Wurtzbach backstage to apologize.