WME IMG Chief Content Officer, Mark Shapiro, who was in charge of Miss Universe, talked to CBS Radio’s Jim Rome today about Steve Harvey’s mess up that was heard around the world Sunday night.
Rome explained how he felt about what happened and what was on the card, “It just was a flat-out mistake. I mean, on the left side of the card, and it’s been tweeted around, obviously, it says Third Runner-Up: USA, Second Runner-Up: Miss Colombia, and then, on the right side of the card in big letters, it says 2015 Miss Universe and right underneath it, Philippines,” Then he admitted they should make it a little easier for the next host.
Could it be Steve Harvey again? He said, “Absolutely, absolutely. If anything, I’m sure FOX would support it, because as I said, he did a great job. He was funny, he was informative, he’s high energy, he’s got a great following. Then he added, “I definitely want him back, and I would hate to see him not come back. He’s going to want a shot to redeem himself.”
I hope they have him back because it would be fun to see if he would do it again. Which I would want him to do because I am sadist and like watching people suffer. I mean to go from winner to runner-up in front of the whole world has got to suck for them but it is fun for us!
Several years ago Reelz Channel saved The Kennedys miniseries, and now they are saving Miss USA. As we know Univision and NBC dumped the beauty pageant because of Donald Trump’s egregious comments about Mexicans; but Reelz saw past that and will air it on July 12th.
Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ, explained his decision in this statement:
The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the MISS USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition. As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere. For us, this decision is about the dreams of the contestants who come from all walks of life across the United States, the city of Baton Rouge that has proudly come together to host this pageant and the viewers who will be watching and celebrating its 54th year on television. The MISS USA Pageant is a perfect fit on REELZ where movies, entertainment and celebrity come together every day of the year.
I understand what he is saying, it is about more than Donald Trump. These worked really hard to compete for Miss USA, so let them have their day in the sun in their swimwear.
Now, since the hosts, the performers and some of the judges have dropped out, I say let’s get The Hollywood Hillbillies Mema to judge and have her grandson Michael perform. Could you imagine her critiquing the contestants, it would be the best pageant moment in a really long time.
Do you think Reelz made the right choise?
On Friday night the Miss Amazonas pageant went off without a hitch until the very end of it. Just as the winner was crowned, the runner-up ripped the crown off of her head. Sheislane Hayalla being the Diva that she is, threw the crown off the stage and stormed off in the opposite direction. Before she exited, she screamed something at the “winner” Carolina Toledo and then stopped to blow a big kiss at all of her new admirers.
Why did she do it? She took to Facebook on Saturday to declare:
Good afternoon! I would like to make it clear to everyone that my protest, i am going to me, i do not need to go by the head of the Others, i am a woman enough to take what you do and to face all head held high. Anyone who follows my trajectory, you know that i am miss amazon globo 2013 / miss brazil globe 2013 And second placed on miss international globe, yes second placed. I fought and mourning so much for all the achievements that i have in my life, i do not accept injustices and never leave Something go unpunished, i expressed yes my repudiation of attitudes that were seen during the preparation of the miss amazon 2015 Do not regret to have protested in most of the major competitions happen these ‘ problems ‘ and they get Go unpunished, i believe that i have planted the change in this great contest. I want something clean and honest! I am sheislane hayalla and my attitude i do not diminish or makes me less miss, i am human, runs blood In my veins and i am not a hypocrite. Thank you to everyone who sent me messages positive and to those who sent the negative too. #somostodossheislanehayalla #faith #god #mundomiss #acabouapalhacada #whoisshe #she #is #lane
I am not sure if her reasoning got lost in translation (since this was originally written in Portuguese translated to English by Facebook), but does it matter? What we have is a new Beauty Pageant idol to look up to. Forget Honey Boo Boo, she is the Missiest Miss of them all!
Hopefully, she will somehow wind up being able to compete for Miss Universe because she deserves the title. Wouldn’t you actually watch the Beauty Pageant if she was a contestant? Just to see what she would do if she lost?
Miss Nebraska Megan Swanson was sitting getting ready to watch the Evening Wear section of the Miss America competition, when she did something that made her the winner of the night.
As Chris Harrison said that the judges were looking for “personal style and flair”, Swanson accidentally showed us her corn field. Luckily for her not only did she have underwear on, but it matched her shirt.
Even though she wasn’t crowned Miss America, she is the one everyone is talking about this morning. So it wasn’t all bad for her, although I am sure she is feeling like it is.
Ladies, the morale of the story, is you should always sit with your legs crossed when you are in a short skirt on national television. I personally thought that all the contestants were taught that lesson before they got to that stage of the game. Guess not. And if they were, then chances are no one would be talking about the Miss America competition today. Seriously, did you know it was on yesterday? I didn’t until Miss Nebraska’s Husker made an appearance.
What is up or should I say down with two Miss USA contestants falling on their a$$es two years in a row? I love how Miss USA 2008 handled by clapping, gotta respect that! Can’t wait to see the third fall be a charm at next year’s Miss Universe competition!
Did anyone else see that Designing Women episode when Suzanne Sugarbaker finds out she really was not Miss Georgia and has to give her crown back like 20 years later. Then during the ceremony it comes out that the woman who won was banging the Judges and Suzanne gets to keep her corwn. I wonder if that is what the runner-up is wishing for? Seriously I would be pissed if I was given the crown and then some accountant messed up and I was told to give it back. That totally stinks.
WorldNetDaily asked Miss Teen South Carolina WTF she was thinking when she answered that question with that response and she said:
“I was never much of a pageant girl,” Lauren Caitlin Upton said in an interview published just hours before Friday’s competition. “When I first started pageants, I wanted to build up my communication skills for interviews for college and for jobs. I was determined to prove I was able to accomplish anything I put my mind to.”
The ironic comments were recorded in her local paper, the State of Columbia, S.C., which she told for today’s edition that she “completely misunderstood” the geography question posed to her.
“I didn’t do anything wrong. I wasn’t expecting [the question]. I lost my train of thought.”
Miss South Carolina Teen USA says she graduated with a 3.5 grade-point average from Lexington High School in June, and was a varsity athlete and student leader.
“Things happen for a reason,” she said. “That’s the way life goes.”
“I just want people to know that I’m an average teenage girl, living life to the fullest, learning from my mistakes and living life in a positive way, and that is all I can ask for.”
Ummm, what? I am at a loss of words as much as she is apparently. Oy. And as you can see from the video Mario Lopez was in just as much pain as us all during that answer, he said he wanted to help her but he is not allowed to talk to the contestants when they are answering the questions. I think that rule needs to change.
BTW if all of this is not painful enough for you, here the answer Lauren Caitlin Upton gave during the practice round:
“What is the first thing you will do when you get home?”
“Eat me some hamburgers,” she responded. “I haven’t eaten hamburgers, French fries or hot dogs in three years, and I just want to see what it tastes like.”
Maybe she just needs some protein! Oy I can’t comment anymore on this because I lost a few brain cells writing this post.
At first I thought wow, this girl is so cool to get up after falling on her butt in front of the whole world like it was nothing. But then I realized it is because she was not smart enough to care. Needless to say she did not win the Miss Universe title.
Don’t be surprised if the new Miss America vomits on Mario Lopez when she gets crowned tonight. Not from all the excitement, mind you. I’m told a flu-like sickness has been plaguing the pageant since last week. Three of the beauty contest’s six judges fell ill during the last few days of preliminary competitions. First up was Delta Burke. "She became horribly ill the day after she arrived and didn’t make it through the initial interview process," a source tells me. "She couldn’t continue as a judge for the first night of preliminaries on Thursday." Two nights later, fellow judges Debbie Allen and Michael Feinstein were MIA for the start of that evening’s pageant festivities. "They were ill in their suites and were being checked out by the hotel doctor," my source says. "They finally made it to the backstage door—15 minutes late!—and crawled to their judge positions." Fortunately, at least as of today, fellow judges, Hardball host Chris Matthews, Miss America 1981 Susan Powell and America’s Next Top Model’s Nigel Barker have remained healthy. Barker ended up playing nurse. "Nigel escorted Debbie to her seat [on Saturday]," my source says. "She clutched his arm and walked very slowly." The final night of competition airs live tonight on CMT from the Alladin in Las Vegas. Dancing with the Stars Lopez makes his debut as host. The only thing Lopez may suffer from tonight is too much energy. I’m told the single thing he requested for his dressing room was plenty of cans of sugar-free Red Bull.
I had heard about Delta Burke having to pull out, but not about the others. Hopefully they will all be better tonight because nothing would be worse than seeing a whole bunch of beauty queens throwing up on live TV. Scratch that, how cool would that be! And finally we now know Mario Lopez’s secret for always being so upbeat…sugar-free Red Bulls!