Miss Costa Rica sparks laughter after teasing Steve Harvey over infamous name mix-up

Mary Scott
Dec 19, 2018
09:59 A.M.

The internet never forgets, and neither does Miss Costa Rica at this year’s Miss Universe competition. She spectacularly trolled Steve Harvey over that infamous mistake from three years ago.


On December 16, Harvey was in Bangkok, Thailand, to reprise his role as host of the prestigious Miss Universe competition and ended up taking a not-so-pleasant trip down memory lane.

While interviewing contestants that made it to the Top 20 stage, Harvey came to Miss Costa Rica, Natalia Carvajal, who is also a TV host in her country.

“From one host to another, do you have any tips for me?” asked the “Family Feud” star.


The stunning beauty, in a glittering two-piece outfit, responded: “The outfit is fine, the smile is always great, but I have to give you one advice, just for the future, just in case. Come closer because I don’t want everyone to hear.”

"It changed my life forever."


Then came the not-so-subtle dig that had the internet roaring with laughter. Carvajal said directly into the mic:


“If they ever give you like, a, really, really, really important envelope, try to read carefully, ok?”

The crowd, including the other contestants on stage, erupted into laughter as Harvey kept a straight face. After some of the noise died down, the 61-year-old comedian asked the audience:

“So ya’ll thought that was damn funny? You thought that was funny? Ya’ll just won’t let it go huh?”



Back in 2015, Harvey made headlines for his infamous mix-up at the final stage of the competition. He named Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner of the crown but a few minutes later, the famed host awkwardly announced that he was mistaken and that the contestant he named as the winner was the first runner-up. The 2015 winner of the Miss Universe pageant was Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.


The moment quickly went viral and has gone down as one of the most memorable moments in TV history. Despite the attendant embarrassment, Harvey reminded the audience at this year’s edition:

“When you make a mistake you keep going. I’m still here baby!”

The experience also doesn’t change how the “Think Like A Man” author feels about hosting the pageant. "Who wouldn't want this on your resume? It's a great gig," said Harvey recently. "Other than the first time I did it, it's been a great experience, you know?"


Fortunately, the mishap turned out to be for the best, as Gutierrez confirmed earlier this year when she visited Harvey on his morning show.

"It changed my life forever," said the runner-up, who had gone on to appear in the movie “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” alongside Vin Diesel and launch her sunglasses line.

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