Steve Harvey on Miss Universe Debacle: ‘I’ve Had Death Threats Against My Family’

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It’s been almost a month since Steve Harvey became a viral sensation after announcing the wrong Miss Universe winner, and on Monday he’ll finally come face-to-face with his mistake.

Harvey will host a two-day special on Monday, Jan. 18 and Tuesday, Jan. 19, in which he’ll sit down with both Miss Universe (Pia Wurtzbach) and the first-runner up, Miss Colombia (Ariadna Gutiérrez).

A teaser for the episode shows a female audience member asking Harvey what the hardest part of the debacle has been for him.

“I can tell you some hard parts for me, but my deeper concern was for the two women,” he responds. “As bad as I felt, oh my God, Miss Colombia, my heart bled for her and I haven’t been able to talk to her since. That night I went to bed at 12:30 [a.m.] and I woke up at 2:30 [a.m.], I couldn’t even sleep.”

He adds that his wife has been supportive in the weeks that followed, at one point even tearing up.

“You’ve got to have somebody with you, somebody to climb down into the hole with you, and she did that. But she kept telling me, ‘Steve, keep your head up. Steve, you did the right thing. You did what your father raised you to be. You went out there and you took the hit.’ And my kids, man. People don’t understand the damage of social media…[I’ve had] death threats against my family, I can’t let my kids go anywhere. That’s very difficult.”

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SOURCE: New York Post
Lindsay Putnam