Miss Universe 2015: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach Forgives Steve Harvey, Wants Him To Return As Host

By Jaja Agpalo January 4, 2016 6:00 PM EST
Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach

Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach speaks to reporters after being crowned Miss Universe at the 2015 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada December 20, 2015. (Photo: REUTERS/Steve Marcus)

The Miss Universe 2015 blunder has been hitting the headlines up until now. However, despite the controversial faux pas, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach confessed that she still wants Steve Harvey to return as host in the pageant next year.

Speaking to "Good Morning America" host Lara Spencer on Monday, Pia revealed that he had forgiven Steve for his mistake in announcing Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner instead of her. Moreover, the 26-year-old Filipina beauty does not see any problem with him potentially hosting Miss Universe again.

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"Yeah, why not?" Pia said when asked if she thinks Steve should be qualified to make a Miss Universe comeback as host. "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."

After announcing Ariadna as the winner, Steve later corrected himself and declared that Miss Philippines was the actual and rightful title winner. The crown was then removed from Miss Colombia's head in what many have called the most awkward Miss Universe coronation night in the history.

When asked about her thoughts on why Steve made the mistake, Pia said she understands that it is his first time to judge a beauty contest. "Maybe the way it was written, it was a little confusing," she said, adding, "I understand. It was his first time to judge a pageant, but it's OK. He's human. People make mistakes."

Pia also hinted that the "Family Feud" host has earned her respect when he publicly apologized after he made such humiliating gaffe. "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."

With the attitude she is showing towards Steve and Ariadna, there is no doubt that Pia is the legal owner of the crown. Aside from beauty and intelligence she possess, the Miss Philippines-Universe title holder also "has the heart" to forgive and to understand everyone that has caused her havoc and distress.

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