Miss Universe Pageant Exec Hopes Steve Harvey Will Return as Host Next Year Despite Gaffe

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A Miss Universe Pageant executive said on a radio show Tuesday that he hopes Steve Harvey will return as pageant host next year, despite his mistake in naming the wrong contestant the pageant winner.

Sunday night's pageant has received more press about the Family Feud host's gaffe than about the new Miss Universe--Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

It was Sunday evening when Steve Harvey announced Miss Colombia was the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant. The trouble was, Miss Colombia didn’t win. That meant Steve Harvey had to return to the stage, admit his mistake, and announce the real winner–Miss Philippines–of the pageant.

On Tuesday, Mark Shapiro, the chief content officer of WME IMG (the company that owns the Miss Universe Organization), said he would love to see Steve Harvey return as host next year.

“He was funny, he was informative, he’s high energy, he’s got a great following,” Shapiro said of the comedian and host of The Steve Harvey Show. “I definitely want him back, and I would hate to see him not come back. He’s going to want a shot to redeem himself.”

Steve Harvey no doubt still feels terrible about announcing the wrong woman as the Miss Universe winner. He took to Twitter to apologize--a couple of times.

Harvey then attempted to sway focus away from him and on the the Miss Universe contestants.

Steve Harvey hasn't yet formally addressed his boo boo in the media. Do you expect he will return as next year's Miss Universe Pageant host?

Even Donald Trump, who no longer owns the Miss Universe company, believes Steve Harvey deserves a break.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.