Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Colombia, was accidentally crowned the winner of the Miss Universe pageant by host Steve Harvey on Dec. 22, and then de-crowned in favor of Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines (video below).
In response to the controversy, Gutierrez wrote on her Instagram page on Dec. 22:
"After the storm comes the calm. I want to thank each and every one of you who have sent messages of support and strength. Every one of you has become an incredible human being in my book and I am the most fortunate and thankful for having the support not only from one country but from the whole entire world.
"Your destiny is written for you. And my destiny was this. I was able to bring happiness to my country after becoming Miss Universe for only a couple of minutes ... Today because of that COLOMBIA and the LATIN COMMUNITY are being talked about in every corner of the world. I also want to congratulate the Philippines for their new Miss Universe. The happiness that you must be feeling must be incredible. Life continues and in the future we will find out why things happen the way they happen. Thank you all for your LOVE SUPPORT and KINDNESS."
Harvey signed a new deal to continue hosting the pageant, just days before the recent one, for at least three years, but the deal could be as long as six or seven years, a source told ET.
A source also told the website that Harvey "was mortified" by his flub on live TV, which was a "real ego-crusher."