Miss Universe winner Pia Wurtzbach has shut down Miss Colombia’s idea to share the crown after Steve Harvey accidentally declared the latter the winner.
“I think it would be a little bit difficult for two girls to share a crown, but I have high hopes that this will give great opportunities for me and Miss Colombia and the rest of the contestants,” Wurtzbach said during a “Good Morning America” appearance on Monday.
In her first interview as Miss Universe, Wurtzbach — who competed as Miss Philippines — also defended Harvey from the mistake Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez called “very humiliating” and “a great injustice.”
“Maybe the way it was written, it was a little confusing,” she said. “I understand. It was his first time to judge a pageant, but it’s okay. He’s human. People make mistakes.”
Harvey publicly apologized, and Wurtzbach said that this “speaks a lot about his character.”
“It’s live television,” she said. “People make mistakes and Steve Harvey was very gracious to apologize.”
All in all, Wurtzbach said Harvey was “a breath of fresh air,” and cited his personality as a reason for her wanting him to return as the pageant’s host.
“He made us feel very relaxed, the contestants,” she added. “It makes us show our personalities a little bit more. I think that benefits everybody, especially the viewers.”