The 62-year-old “Family Feud” host excitingly announced the winner of the National Costume category on Sunday while standing next to Miss Malaysia, Shweta Sekhon, Complex reported.
“Earlier this week, all the contestants competed in the National Costume contest. Here’s the look at the winner, Philippines,” Harvey said during the segment showing a picture of Miss Philippines’ Gazini Ganados in an elaborate white gown.
However, Miss Malaysia asked for the mic said, “It’s not Philippines, it’s Malaysia.”
“Okay, well, let me explain something to you. I just read that in the teleprompter. Y’all got to quit doing this to me,” Harvey replied. “I can read, they said now, they’re trying to fix it now. See, this what they did to me back in 2015. Played me short like that. This is Malaysia. I really love this national costume of Malaysia. This is crazy.”
An insider from the organization also spoke to Deadline to clarify:
“Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados is the winner of the Miss Universe 2019 National Costume contest. As part of the broadcast, we also featured Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon’s national costume. Miss Sekhon wasn’t aware we’d be announcing Philippines first, so she jumped the gun when Mr. Harvey started with that news. Mr. Harvey made a joke of it, but no mistakes regarding the national costume winner were made by him, the prompter or production.”
Incidentally, a previous post showing Miss Universe’s announcement of Miss Malaysia winning the National Costume has been deleted.
I understand the confusion esp to Steve. I feel sorry for Miss Malaysia as well. But if that’s the case, why would they post this? pic.twitter.com/Qn2dsIiioo
Someone in MUO should explain this very well. They announced Miss Malaysia as the Best in NatCos hours ago……. It only not frustate the Filipinos but as well as Malaysians :(( pic.twitter.com/Y59f3SbHyO