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Miss Universe 2016: Most Awkward Coronation Ever!!!

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Somewhere out there Donald Trump is all smiles and giggles. Even without his participation, Miss Universe generated controversy.

Given all his experience with cue cards on Family Feud, you’d think reading the results correctly would be a breeze for Steve Harvey. Well, you thought wrong. The 58-year-old entertainer mistakenly announced Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner of the 2016 Miss Universe pageant. Turns out, the Latin beauty actually placed runner-up with Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach being the rightful winner.

What followed was the most awkward thing I’ve seen in a while. Can you imagine receiving the crown, only to have it physically removed seconds later? Both ladies handled the faux pas graciously but you gotta feel bad for both of them. I certainly did.

Minus that awful incident, the annual competition delivered some more lighthearted memorable moments. Charlie Puth, The Band Perry and Seal performed. The parade of costumes was fantastic as always. Miss Austria dressed up as Conchita Wurst, even donning a fake beard. I literally spit out my food when I saw that on my screen.

Check out the huge coronation faux pas below. Guess Harvey probably won’t be asked to host again 😉

watch awkward coronation ever after the jump

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It’s the dawning of a new era for the Miss Universe pageant. After being in bed with Donald Trump for a dozen years, the organization and NBC cut ties with the 69-year-old mogul after his controversial remarks about immigrants. Personally, good riddance. I liked the telecast much better before The Donald was involved.

The Trump-less era begins this Sunday, December 20 on FOX when the 2015 Miss Universe competition takes place, live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey will host with Devious MaidsRoselyn Sanchez reporting backstage.

Rising star Charlie Puth has been tapped to serenade the global beauties. Seal and The Band Perry are also set to perform. Savvy move on the producers’ part to select musical acts from different genres.

Are you going to tune in? I definitely am and excited to see what other changes producers have up their sleeves. Weigh in below.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched the Miss Universe pageant every year. That is until Donald Trump opened his big mouth. I missed the last one due to that fool.

After airing on NBC for a dozen years, the network dissolved their partnership after Trump’s controversial remarks about immigrants. The 2015 competition ended up airing on Reelz. It appears, the Miss Universe Organization has found a new home.

The Miss Universe telecast is one of the most-watched events in the world, with distribution in approximately 190 countries and territories. Naturally, it’s a sought-after commodity. FOX has stepped up and snagged the rights to air both Miss Universe and Miss USA.

“The Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants are iconic television events loved by generations of viewers around the world,” Fox president David Madden said in a statement. “We are very excited to partner with IMG and The Miss Universe Organization to infuse a fresh new energy into these perennial broadcast favorites.”

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Just days after Univision cut ties with Donald Trump, NBC is following suit. The peacock network announced it’s officially ending its relationship with the 69-year-old business tycoon. That means Celebrity Apprentice and both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants will no longer air on the channel.

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC . In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in “The Apprentice” on NBC. “Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”

Trump found himself in hot water after making comments he made about Mexican immigrants while declaring his candidacy for President of the United States. He pretty much called them rapists, drug dealers and other unsavory characters.

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Much like Thomas Roberts‘ decision to host Miss Universe, his red carpet interview where he spoke out against Russia’s anti-gay law has been met with mixed reactions. Some have commended the openly-gay NBC corespondent for his condemnation, while others feel he pussied out for not taking a harder stance. Donald Trump hired Roberts after Andy Cohen declined the job. Check out his words below and decide for yourself.

“I know the law is very vague, and it’s still hard to interpret for many people, but it is discrimination, and that’s definitive,” Roberts said. “I don’t think that the LGBT population in Russia or anywhere, should be marginalized to that degree. We are not asking for special protection, we’re just asking for equal respect.”

The very fact he even spoke publicly about it on Russian soil is commendable. Technically, I guess he could’ve been arrested for violating the country’s legislation. To boot, he attended the event and posed for pictures with his partner Patrick Abmer who’s pictured above. Watch the red carpet footage below.

Just in case you were wondering, Miss Venezuela won for the umpteenth time. Personally, I was rooting for Miss Spain or Miss Philippines to take it all. For that matter, I’m beyond shocked Miss Israel didn’t even make the Top 16. She took my breath away as Roberts and co-host Mel. B introduced all the delegates. Sound off below on Thomas’ words and which contestants you were rooting for.

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Once Russia passed its anti-gay legislation, Andy Cohen stepped down from hosting the Miss Universe pageant being held in Moscow this year. “Their discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit, he told former Miss Universe co-host Giuliana Rancic. “The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested. [I] didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”

Yesterday, we learned who Donald Trump has tapped to replace both Cohen and Rancic. MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and former Spice Girl Melanie B are taking over. Roberts who has been publicly out since 2006 and is married, explained not only did he take the gig, but he begged for it. Read below why he’s heading to Moscow with his husband Patrick, along with watching his fellow MSNBC colleagues interview him about his decision.

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For the past couple years, Andy Cohen has hosted the Miss Universe pageant. This year, the Bravo personality is opting out of the gig due to Russia’s anti-gay legislation which makes it unsafe for gays coming to work or visit. Donald Trump’s pageant is taking place in Moscow on November 9. He revealed his decision to his pageant co-host Giuliana Rancic for E! News.

“The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested,” Cohen told his Rancic and added that he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”

As much as I love the annual event and Cohen, I’m glad he’s boycotting the Miss Universe pageant. Bravo (excuse the pun) to Andy for his move. Do you agree with his decision? Sound off below.

Miss Universe 2012: Did Your Favorite Win?

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I don’t know what the world Donald Trump was thinking when he decided to hold the Miss Universe pageant one week before Christmas. The whole holiday theme and set just felt a bit odd. For me, the pageant belongs in the spring or summer. Trump’s people seriously need to knock some sense into him. I swear he’s getting a bit more senile in his old age. In his defense, he probably thought airing it at this time might benefit the show’s ratings. Last year’s Victoria’s Secret fashion show scored boffo ratings. They’re practically the same show but with more clothing 😉

The Christmas trees and snowflakes were the least of his worries, the beauty pageant was probably the worst produced Miss Universe I can recall. From the audio glitches in the beginning and the awful pre-recorded segments, it was one big snooze fest. Thankfully, I taped it and watched the entire 2 hour pageant in just 30 minutes.

Once again Andy Cohen (my silver fox crush) and Giuliana Rancic hosted the event, with Jeannie Mai serving as fashion correspondent. A few of the notable celebrity judges included Nigel Barker (glad to see he’s been busy since ANTM), Lisa Vanderpump (my fave RHOBH), Scott Disick, Brad Goreski, Diego Boneta and Kerri Walsh Jennings to name a few. On deck to perform were Train and Nigerian-born Aussie singer Timomatic.

Overall, this year’s Top 5 were a decent bunch. That said, I was a little bummed, my early favorite, Miss South Africa, only made the Top 10. Speaking of Africa, this was the first time since 2002 that no black candidates made the semifinals. They didn’t even win one of the special awards. Best National Costume went to Miss China and Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic went to Miss Guatemala and Miss Kosovo respectively. Check out this year’s Top 5 below.

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