NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 4:29 PM
The flub is forgiven.
Miss Colombia has officially forgiven Steve Harvey after his infamous blunder at last month’s Miss Universe pageant made it the “worst night” of her life.
Ariadna Gutierrez — who had the Miss Universe crown literally removed from her head four minutes after Harvey wrongfully announced her as the winner — told the comedian that she’s moved on from the dream-crushing incident, adding that she isn’t holding on to any ill feelings towards him.
“I’m ready to forgive you,” she said during her appearance on Tuesday’s episode of “The Steve Harvey Show.”
The Colombian beauty told Harvey she was actually ready to forgive him on the night of the pageant — even though she calls the incident a “nightmare.”
But Gutierrez was in good spirits as she joked around with Harvey on Tuesday, ribbing him that he needs to “learn how to read cards” and quipping he only announced her name because he wanted her to win.
Harvey was moved to tears shortly after the 22-year-old model walked onto the stage and gave him hug on the show. He then said she was “the one person that I really wanted to talk to.”
Ariadna Gutierrez forgave Steve Harvey for wrongfully announcing her as the winner of Miss Universe at last month’s pageant.
“I just want to say how sorry I am,” he said, choking up. “I’m beyond sorry for what happened that night.”
But not everything went so smoothly for Harvey. In the opening promo for the highly anticipated interview, Harvey repeatedly referred to Gutierrez as “Ariana” instead of Ariadna.
The beauty queen corrected him midway through the show, playing it off by pointing out that he keeps making mistakes.
“(The producers) told me to call you Ari,” Harvey said after the next commercial break.
The interview took a more serious turn when Gutierrez explained that citizens of her country were outraged by Harvey’s snafu because they consider Miss Colombia to be the second most important figure in the nation, only after the president.
“People were angry because they felt like they got robbed of the crown,” Gutierrez said. “They felt like humiliated.”
Gutierrez says she’s now ready to make the pageant flub a thing of the past — and that she’s only focusing on the good that can come from it.
“It was the worst night of my life. But at the same time, it was the best one,” she said. “It was my dream come true. I have a picture with the crown and the Miss Universe sash.”
Tuesday’s interview marked the first time Gutierrez had spoken to Harvey since the regrettable mix-up heard ’round the world.
On Monday, he welcomed the eventual winner of the Miss Universe crown, Pia Wurtzbach, on the show, where she told the remorseful host that he needed to stop being so hard on himself over the royal screw-up.
“Don’t beat yourself up for this anymore,” Wurtzbach said. “Come on, let’s move forward. Let’s be happy.”