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Miss Universe winner Pia Wurtzbach holds no ill will toward host Steve Harvey.
After the Family Feud host crowned the wrong winner at the Miss Universe Pageant, many, especially Miss Colombia, were none too pleased with his mistake. While others were forgiving and willing to overlook it, the Internet wouldn't let it go. Wurtzbach, however, has nothing but kind words for Harvey.
"Yeah, why not?" Miss Philippines told Good Morning America co-anchor Lara Spencer Monday morning when asked if Harvey should return. "I think he's a breath of fresh air, he made us feel very relaxed, the contestants. It makes us show our personalities a little bit more. I think that benefits everybody, especially the viewers."
The 26-year-old winner told Spencer that she "has her theories" about how and Harvey managed to make such an epic mistake. "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 OK. He's human. People make mistakes."
Crowned the proper winner, Wurtzbach was OK with Harvey's mistake after he publicly apologized. "It's live television," she said. "People make mistakes and Steve Harvey was very gracious to apologize. I accept his apology and I think it speaks a lot about his character."
Some, including former pageant owner Donald Trump, suggested Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines share the crown, but Wurtzbach told Spencer that probably wouldn't be a realistic solution. "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," she explained.
While Miss Philippines is excited to kick off her duties as Miss Universe, Miss Colombia is still trying to move past the embarrassment she suffered. "It was very humiliating for me, but also for the whole country and for all the people not only from Colombia but the other Latinos that were in the auditorium," Ariadna Gutierrez said on Colombia's W radio last week.
She also said she would "agree" with Trump's suggestion for the two contestants to be named co-winners.