PAGEANT HOST. Tourism undersecretary Kat de Castro says that 'Family Feud' host Steve Harvey will still host the Miss Universe in Manila on January 2017. Photo by Sebastien Nogier/EPA
TV host Steve Harvey will still host the Miss Universe pageant in the Philippines on January 30, 2017 despite his infamous mistake in the 2015 pageant.
The news was confirmed by Department of Tourism undersecretary Kat de Castro, in an interview with DZMM, Friday, July 29.
"He wants to apologize to the Filipinos who were hurt because of what happened," de Castro said adding that President Rodrigo Duterte was surprised about the news.
"Nagulat din siya. Sabi niya, 'Bakit?' Dagdag pa niya, 'He is a disaster.' Ginanun ako ni Presidente. Eh sabi ko, 'Sir, mukhang iyon na po talaga ang naging desisyon ng mga taga-Miss Universe.' Tumawa na lang siya," de Castro said.
(He was surpried about it. He said 'Why?' He added, 'He is a disaster.' The president told me that. I just said, 'Sir, that's the decision of the Miss Universe organization.' He just laughed.)
The Miss Universe Organization has yet to give any other details about the country's hosting of the pageant.
In December 2015, Harvey, known for his hosting Family Feud and his own talk show committed a blunder when he announced Colombia' s Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner. He later went back on stage and apologized, saying it was the Philippines' Pia Wurtzbach who was the winner of Miss Universe 2015.
Both Wurtzbach and Gutierrez appeared in show in January to speak to him after the mistake, where both said they have forgiven him for what happened.