Steve Harvey Crowns Wrong Woman Miss Universe

The pageant host crowned Miss Colombia before correcting himself to announce that Miss Philippines had won the pageant.
3:26 | 12/21/15

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Now to the wild ending of the miss universe pageant. Miss Colombia was crowned. But she didn't win. Host Steve Harvey announced the wrong name. T.j. Holmes is here to explain it. Reporter: Better to have been crowned and lost than never to have been crowned at all. Do not tell that to miss Colombia this morning. She was in the middle of her victory lap when she gets a tap on the shoulder saying, that crown, we're going need that back. Miss universe 2015 is -- Colombia! Reporter: Miss Colombia reigned supreme as miss universe for 2 1/2 glorious minutes. Then this happened. Okay, folks. I have to apologize. The first runner up is Colombia. Miss universe 2015 is Philippines! Reporter: Host Steve Harvey correcting himself, announcing the winner is miss Philippines. Miss Philippines, take your first walk as miss universe. Reporter: Creating one of the most awkward moments in pageant history. A chorus of boos fill the hall as Steve tries to explain. Listen, folks. Let me just take control of this. This is exactly what's on the card. I will take responsibility for this. It was my mistake. It was on the card. Horrible mistake. But the right thing, I can show it to you right here. The first runner up is Colombia. It is my mistake. Still a great night. Reporter: And with that, Steve was off. Leaving the ladies to sort it all out. Miss Colombia's crown gently removed. Bestowed on the right winner. Afterwards, the 21-year-old presenter, graceful in defeat. Everything happens for a reason. So I'm happy. I'm happy for all what I did and becoming this -- I'm so happy. Reporter: Her fellow contestants in her corner. We love you! Reporter: Miss Philippines struggles to find the words to describe her awkward crowning moment. It's a very, um -- nontraditional crowning, isn't it? Yes, yes. It's very, very 2015. Reporter: And guys, this was not a scoring error. Not a misprint. He simply messed up in that moment. We know now. This is a moment made for what, tr Twitter. People lost their minds last night. Some were funny. Someone put Steve's face on Justin Bieber, is it too late now the say sorry? We think it's just a beauty pageant. But that poor miss Colombia. They work their lives for these moments. She thought she had it. If she wasn't going to win, probably the best way to lose. The whole world knows her now. Reporter: We'll hear a lot from her soon. Dan, the other top stories. We're going switch gears.

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