The Philippines will be hosting the 2016 international Miss Universe beauty pageant with the coronation slated to take place earlier in 2017. Despite the excitement felt throughout the whole Southeast Asian archipelago for this huge event, it appears that the president of the next country host does not share the same sentiment.
Earlier reports said that Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey will be reprising his role in the stage. The "Family Feud" main man received negative reactions from the public when he mistakenly declared Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the new Miss Universe when in fact it was actually Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach, who won the crown.
Apparently, this unintended mishap from the 59-year-old celebrity was never forgotten and this could cost him the hosting position in the upcoming event.
According to the local news outlet, Inquirer, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte would not want Harvey to serve as the masters of ceremony in Miss Universe 2016.
This information was revealed by the country's tourism secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo who told the media about Duterte's disapproval of having Harvey in the aforementioned occasion.
As cited by Teo, the 71-year-old politician said during the meeting with the involved officials that he is looking to speak with the management of Miss Universe about the issue.
"He cannot host. I am going to talk to the Miss Universe that he cannot host so that is my problem," Duterte reportedly said, adding "I don't want him to be the host of the Miss Universe."
It was however pointed out over at Variety that there's a strong possibility that Duterte's condition won't be met since Harvey has signed to a five-year hosting contract with the said beauty pageant.
To appease the so-called "the Punisher" president, Teo shared that they might have to pair up Harvey with a Filipina.
The Miss Universe coronation night will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines on Jan. 30, 2017.
Watch out for more updates.