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Miss Colombia on Miss Universe gaffe: I've moved on, this is our destiny

Chuck Smith - Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines — A month after his Miss Universe blunder, Steve Harvey finally apologized to Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia face to face.

Steve met with Ariadna as a guest of the Tuesday episode of his eponymous talk show, the first time since the host mistakenly announced the Colombian beauty queen as the winner of the 64th Miss Universe pageant last month.

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"Oh my god, I'm gonna cry," Ariadna told Steve as they embrace on the stage of his talk show.

"I'm sorry, darling. I'm so sorry," Steve replied.

"You're the one person that I really wanted to talk to," he added. "Because of the mistake I made, I put in a spotlight, a place that I never intended to, that I never wanted to happen to anybody."

"I just want to say how sorry I am. I really am. I'm beyond sorry for what happened that night... Really, at the end of the day, I hope we walk away from here all with something special," Steve said.

For her part, Ariadna said she spent a lot of time with her family after the incident but added that she has moved forward.

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"I have already moved on. This is our destiny. That's why we are here," she said.

The Colombian said the Miss Universe is a "big deal" in their country, especially since her win would mean a back-to-back victory for Colombia after Paulina Vega won the crown in the previous edition of the pageant.

She was crowned Miss Colombia a month before Paulina won the 63rd Miss Universe crown.

Ariadna also acknowledged that, contrary to reports and rumors, Steve was present during the rehearsals for the pageants.

Ironically, the 22-year-old beauty queen said she was "saying great things" about Steve to the other contestants during rehearsals, prior to the Miss Universe pageant and his infamous mix-up.

"I was saying to the other girls, 'Oh my god, I love Steve Harvey'," she said.

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Ariadna also addressed rumors that she was planning to sue Steve for the gaffe during the pageant.

"I'm not going to take away your mansion," Ariadna jokingly told Steve.

"I never thought of suing you. No. That's not who I am," she said, while adding that a lot of lawyers wanted her to sue. 

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ARIADNA GUTIERREZ OF COLOMBIA

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MISS AUSTRALIA

MISS COLOMBIA

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PAULINA VEGA

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STEVE HARVEY

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