Miss Universe 2015 Wrong Winner

Miss Universe Mistake: Donald Trump Suggests 'Co-Winner,' Finalists React to 'Non-Traditional' Crowning (Video)

Donald Trump may no longer have a stake in the Miss Universe competition, but that didn’t stop him from weighing in on the pageant’s buzziest moment Monday morning.

Today‘s Matt Lauer asked Republican presidential hopeful Trump, who was on the program to talk about Saturday’s Democratic debate, what he would have done in the aftermath of Steve Harvey’s announcing the wrong woman as Miss Universe.

“I think I’d make them a co-winner. It would be very cool,” said the candidate, who sold the pageant to WME | IMG in September. “Because what happened to the girl from Colombia is devastating, to give it to her for a couple of minutes and then take it away.

“I would recommend that they have a beautiful ceremony, which is good for the brand and good for Miss Universe, and do a co-winner,” the Republican presidential hopeful added. “I think something like that could work.”

Meanwhile, the Miss Universe Organization released backstage video of both of the women affected by the snafu.

“Everything happens for a reason, so I’m happy,” Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, who wore the crown for a matter of minutes before having to surrender it to Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach, says tearfully in the video before thanking her fans and getting a hearty cheer from her fellow contestants.

In her reaction video, Wurtzbach calls the “non-traditional”crowning “very 2015.”

Hear Trump’s reaction above, then scroll down for the contestants’ takes.

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  1. liame says:

    Trump says; Just make sure they don’t over stay their Visa’s. Viva Las Vegas!

  2. As usual, Mr. Trump comes up with the (I feel) perfect solution to the snafu…”co-winners”. Way to go, Mr. Trump!

    • Wordsmith says:

      It seems the fairest decision from Miss Colombia’s point of view, but it does kind of completely rewrite the rules of the competition just to make up for Steve Harvey reading a cue card wrong.

    • David4 says:

      When he loses the election to Bernie Sanders by 20% do you think we should have a co-president?

      • Crystal says:

        If Bernie wins I’d be stoked if they announced that he had to run aside trump!

      • tvjunkie says:

        I didn’t know Trump switched to the Democratic ticket ??? That’s the only way they’ll ever face each other. Bernie has not shot verses pathological liar Hillary. The liberal press will do what they always do, whatever it takes to get their candidate elected, journalistic credibility be damned.

  3. Rolf says:

    The fuhrer is so wise!

  4. Jenny Wise says:

    A clown made a booboo, the two ladies were put in an awkward situation. But the fact remains that the judges made their final decision to crown Ms. Philippines!

    Making both co-winners will be quite unfair to the deserving contestant (Ms. Philippines). I understand the frustration and embarrassment of Ms Colombia, but it’s time to move on and congratulate the real winner here. And that is being a “level-headed” beauty queen

  5. Wordsmith says:

    Maybe next fall Steve Harvey will accidentally declare Trump the winner of the presidential election and Trump can be “Co-President” with his democratic opponent…

  6. Shaun says:

    Glad Phillipines won,she was my favorite after Ciracao.

  7. Eric Central says:

    A MISTAKE SHOULD NEVER BE CORRECTED BY ANOTHER MISTAKE! Trump was partly the reason for Philippines’ 42 year drought!!

    • Cesar Puse says:

      @Eric, You are absolutely right, a mistake will never be corrected by another one.. From what he says I am sorry to say that Trump is not a thinking man but an emotional one…maybe he also wants to cut the crown in two(2)?

  8. Vahny says:

    The winner has been declared so lets move on..Congrats Ms.Philippines.

  9. Amy says:

    I appreciate how miss USA supported Miss Philippines during the controversy. Miss USA is like a supportive sister TO Miss Philippines, Miss Universe 2015. Z

  10. Dr. M says:

    And Trump with the diplomatic solution. Huh. Did not see that coming.

  11. MarkCastro says:

    Hey donald, how about making you and Hillary co-presidents?

  12. Dodong Smash says:

    Co-Winner? Huh, trying to suck-up on the Latino community after calling them drug dealers and criminals!? Shut the hell up, Trump!

  13. Jon tan says:

    This will be totally unfair to the winner Philippines.
    And co-awarding Colombia with a crown just to save her face, wouldn’t be that accomplishing for her. Too awkward.

    I have liked Trump ever since and by reading this I ONLY REALIZED NOW THAT HE AIN’T A SMART MAN AFTER ALL. Stupid in fact!