Video: Miss Colombia: I 'Cried A Ton' After Miss Universe Crowning Mistake

  • by: Alan Duke

Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez is finally saying how she really felt when the Miss Universe crown was removed from her head after pageant host Steve Harvey realized he should have announced it for Miss Philippines.

"I went up to my parents' room and, obviously, I was very sad, I was in bad shape, I was crying. I cried a ton that night," Gutierrez said in an interview with Univision, a Spanish-Language TV network.

Gutierrez, 22, has previously refrained from criticizing the pageant, but now she says she did not like the way the onstage flub was handled. "In four minutes they destroy your dreams, they throw it in a bag, and they throw it in the trash," she said.

Harvey, on his morning radio show, said he has not talked to Miss Colombia about the flub, "I've had a chance to talk to Miss Philippines," Harvey said. "I've talked to all the pageant people. I've talked to people backstage. Even me and the director had a long talk. But I haven't been able to reach out and talk to Miss Colombia. Now, have I tried? Yes. But haven't gotten a response. How this must have made the woman from Colombia [feel]... I felt for her more than me. I could've just stayed back there and said, 'Y'all fix it.' I don't feel sorry for me. I don't feel sorry for the pageant, the pageant will now be bigger than it's ever been."

Watch the video as reported by ABC News:


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Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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