After skipping the 69th Miss Universe finals, controversial host Steve Harvey returns as this edition’s host.
In a video posted by Miss Universe official Twitter account, Steve appeared to hype up the pageant fans.
“We’re backstage. It’s almost that time, we are definitely ready to go. Let’s go and do it,” he said.
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) December 13, 2021
Despite his absence during the Miss Universe 2020 in May, Steve trended on social media as some missed his hosting skills.
Some compared him with the previous edition’s pageant finals host Emmy-winner Mario Lopez and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo. Mario also hosts NBC’s “Access Hollywood”.
Olivia, on the other hand, drew flak for perceived lack of energy.
Emmy Award-winning comedian Steve became controversial after he mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner during the Miss Universe 2015 coronation night.
He hosted the Miss Universe 2016 staged at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines in January 2017.
Steve was also the host when when Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.