Miss Universe host Steve Harvey made a major slip at the ceremony held at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. The comedian announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner of the pageant.

Gutierrez was wearing the crown when Harvey returned to apologise, as the real winner was Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of Philippines. He said: "I will take responsibility. It was my mistake ... Please don't hold it against the ladies."

He also took to his Twitter account to address the incident. He wrote in a series of tweets: "I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia & Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible. Secondly, I'd like to apologize to the viewers at that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake. I don't want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing."

At the event, Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega took the crown from Gutierrez and placed it on Wurtzbach's head instead. Click here to take a look at the video.

Meanwhile, Harvey received major backlash on the social networking website. ESPN's Darren Rovell called it "the worst mistake in TV awards show history".