Grapevine: Steve Harvey addresses ‘Miss Universe’ snafu

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Steve Harvey speaks to Miss Universe and Miss Colombia on his talk show

Aside from a few cheeky tweets, Steve Harvey had been mum about the “Miss Universe” catastrophe when he mistakenly announced the wrong woman as the winner. As you’ll recall, Harvey announced that Miss Columbia Ariadna Gutierrez was the winner, when really the crown belonged to Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach. Harvey addressed the mistake Monday on his self-titled syndicated daytime talk show. “I didn’t do any interviews until I could talk to the two people who were affected the most, Pia and Ariadna,” said Harvey, who admitted the mix-up caused him “a lot of sleepless nights.” “I can’t imagine how it was for these two women.” Harvey also gave credit to his wife, Marjorie Harvey, for helping him through the ordeal and said he received death threats. In the two-part special,which aired Monday and Tuesday, Harvey and Miss Universe also addressed rumors that Harvey didn’t attend rehearsals. “I was there. Steve was there throughout all the rehearsals,” Wurtzbach said. “He was there for the technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, even on the pageant day itself when we had the dress rehearsals early in the morning. He was there all throughout.”

Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith will boycott Oscars

Two high-profile members of Hollywood are saying they will not attend the Academy Awards next month because of the lack of people of color being nominated. “How is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the actor category are white?” director Spike Lee asked on Instagram Monday. Lee, who received an honorary Oscar at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Governors Awards in November, thanked the Academy for his recognition, but said he and his wife, Tonya Lewis, would not attend the Oscars. “We cannot support it.” Jada Pinkett Smith posted a video to her Facebook page Monday saying she won’t be attending or watching the awards. “It’s time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere.” Other actors have also spoken out. Last week, Rashida Jones tweeted that the Academy “needs to do better” and Don Cheadle joked to Oscar host Chris Rock on Twitter that Cheadle would be at the Oscars “parking cars on G level.”

Tichina Arnold exposes cheating husband

Actress Tichina Arnold reportedly sent a mass text to family and friends announcing that her husband, Rico Hines, has been cheating. According to TMZ, Arnold — who coincidentally appeared on the show “Happily Divorced” — included a sex tape of Rico and another woman with the mass text. Arnold’s rep confirmed the divorce to People magazine last week.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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