Steve Harvey, who famously flubbed at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant, will be back!
Pageant officials announced Thursday that the “Family Feud” host will return to emcee Miss Universe (with model Ashley Graham) at the Jan. 29, 2017 pageant in the Philippines, home of current Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
However, Wurtzbach wasn’t the contestant Harvey originally named Miss Universe 2015 in Las Vegas. In one of recent history’s more embarrassing broadcast errors, Harvey incorrectly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez as the winner. She even received the tiara and sash before Harvey realized his goof.
Later, he said he was inundated with death threats and horrible social media comments, and called the experience of admitting the mistake “four minutes of pure hell” and “the most gut-wrenching walk I’ve ever had in my life.”
In sort of related news, gossip sites are delightfully recalling the late Alan Thicke’s appearance with Harvey on “Celebrity Family Feud,” when he quite quickly answered the question “name something parents try not to do in front of the kids” with “smoke weed.”
Scott Baio has filed a police report following an alleged attack by Nancy Mack, wife of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
TMZ reports that Baio (aka Chachi from “Happy Days’) was at an elementary school function in Southern California with his child over the weekend when Mack “went nuts” on him, apparently cursing at him and grabbing him — because he supports Donald Trump.
Ventura County police said Baio is listed as a victim on a misdemeanor battery report received Monday, but that no charges have been filed. An investigation is ongoing to “determine if a crime occurred.”
San Francisco-based developer Smule tracked the 10 most downloaded holiday tunes (in major English speaking countries) from its Sing! Karaoke app, to find Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” (sung in “Love Actually”) at the top, followed by Kylie Minogue’s “Only You” and Josh Groban’s “O Holy Night”; “Last Christmas by Taylor Swift was No. 10. … Big Night Restaurant Group (with founders James Nicholas and Anna Weinberg) announced plans to open Petit Marlowe (in the S.F. Townsend Street space that formerly housed Les Clos) in March 2017; the spot will serve French wines, a “lush” raw bar, small plates by chef Jennifer Puccio and desserts by pastry chef Emily Luchetti,
Actor Theo James is 32. … Actor Benjamin Bratt is 53. … Singer Benny Anderson of ABBA is 70. … Writer-producer Steven Bochco is 73. … Journalist Lesley Stahl is 75. … Actress Liv Ullman is 78.
— Staff, wire reports