'I Can't Ever Go to Colombia!' Steve Harvey Is Still Embarrassed About His Miss Universe Gaffe
Harvey tells PEOPLE the moment when he he mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the winner of Miss Universe (instead of the actual winner, Miss Philippines) was "devastating"
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Harvey calls the incident – in which he he mistakenly announced Miss Colombia as the winner of the pageant instead of the actual winner, Miss Philippines – “devastating.”
But Marjorie, his wife of nine years, encouraged him to move forward, Harvey says in this week’s PEOPLE cover story.
“[She said,] ‘I’m proud of the way you handled it. Don’t beat yourself up,’ ” Harvey, 59, recalls. “Of course, that didn’t heal Colombia. I can’t go to Colombia ever!”
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“It was like being reborn,” he says of reconnecting with Marjorie, whom he briefly dated when he was still a struggling comic. “I messed up so many times in my life. She made all the difference. When you’re happy at home, you can make a lot of things happen.”