It’s been more than a year now, but the Miss Universe 2015 crowning mishap doesn’t get old. The host, Steve Harvey, who became much popular after the incident, opened up about the backlash he faced after his 2015 Miss Universe gaffe, where he mistakenly crowned Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutiérrez, when Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, was the actual winner.
Steve revealed details about the incident in the April 2017 issue of Cigar Aficionado. “I live on a dead-end street — and it got real when things started coming over the gate. Empty boxes with bows and pictures of bombs,” he recalled. “And these with death threats on social media that would pop up from fake IP addresses. I wound up with 24-hour armed security at my house. I have two armed guards there full-time to this day.”
Steve also added that although a year has passed, he won’t be vacationing in Colombia anytime soon. “In the Philippines, they love me — but I can’t go to Colombia. The next morning, there was this massive crowd, all around my car outside the hotel—all these Colombians giving me hell. My Twitter and Instagram blew up and I got called every name in the book. I got cussed out in Spanish so bad that I know profanity in Spanish now.”
In the Cigar Aficionado April issue, Harvey also talked about his meeting with President Donald Trump. Steve dropped into Trump Tower to discuss programs and efforts to help inner cities, and talking about his visit he says, “I’m glad I did [meet with Trump],” he said. “You have to take a seat at the table when you’re invited. If you’re not at the table, you can’t refuse the menu, or suggest what you should be eating. I walked away feeling like I had just talked with a man who genuinely wants to make a difference in this area.”