Steve Harvey Caught in Crossfire As Kenny Wallace One Ups Fox After SMI’s Betrayal

Published 09/27/2023, 10:55 AM EDT

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One of television’s towering figures, Steve Harvey, seamlessly juggles various shows, including The Steve Harvey Morning Show, and Family Feud. Given his seasoned experience, a blunder seems out of character. Yet, in a 2015 Miss Universe episode, he inadvertently stirred a hornet’s nest by announcing the wrong name during the grand finale. This slip, which probably still haunts him, stands as one of his life’s most “painful” moments.

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In a striking parallel, Kenny Wallace seemed to walk a mile in Harvey’s shoes at the Texas Motor Speedway during the trackside live show. Admitting to half the blame, Wallace shed light on the root of such embarrassments, potentially unraveling the mystery behind Harvey’s infamous fumble as well.

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The year 2015 buzzed with Steve Harvey’s unintended blunder of announcing the wrong name on the Miss Universe stage, leading many to wonder if it was a deliberate ploy to spike the show’s plummeting viewership. This incident, perhaps accidental, perhaps not, magnetized nearly 20 million pairs of eyes to the unfolding drama.

Fast forward to the Texas live show, and Kenny Wallace finds himself in a similar soup. Called upon to announce the top 12 at Texas, a hiccup occurred as he named Tyler Reddick instead of Ross Chastain. Unlike Harvey’s ordeal, Wallace immediately corrected his error. Not a mere slip of the tongue, it emerged that the SMI’s backstage staff handed Wallace a cue card with the wrong name.

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Giving some context, Wallace first said, “Steve Harvey, he is going to introduce Miss Universe, the lady that wins it all. Steve Harvey accidentally says the wrong person’s name. Now this is for the win. This is a little different than what I did. Mine was kind of harmless. But we’re going to have fun with it.”

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Acknowledging the error in a recent video, he then shouldered half the blame, asserting, “I am gonna take 50% of the blame. And here’s why: because I should have proofread these. I should have not trusted them. It’s like a writer for a movie or a writer for a speech.”

Certainly, this is not the first time the world of NASCAR has witnessed such a slip-up. Kenny Wallace promptly corrected his error, showcasing his quick wit. However, a parallel situation at the Sonoma race track wasn’t as smoothly handled. Announcer Mike Joy erroneously referred to Denny Hamlin as Martin Truex Jr., attracting a barrage of criticism from onlookers. This glaring error didn’t escape the notice of Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg, who took to Twitter to air his disappointment with Fox Sports’ muddled coverage of the Sonoma Raceway event. But thanks to his sharp reflexes, Kenny Wallace deftly avoided such public censure, sidestepping a potentially embarrassing situation.

The uncanny NASCAR incidents cast a fresh light on Harvey’s 2015 mix-up and his near-repeat in 2021, where he staunchly claimed the mistake wasn’t his. Could it be that Harvey, like Wallace, was handed the wrong name, becoming an unwitting pawn in a larger game? The parallels between the two incidents paint a compelling portrait, leaving room for thought and speculation.

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In 2021, during the grandeur of the 70th annual Miss Universe pageant, Steve Harvey found himself on the brink of repeating history’s blunder. As he announced South Africa’s Lalela Mswane as the second runner-up, a misplaced congratulation to “Portugal” left the audience baffled, while the finalists from Paraguay and India stood confused.

Yet swift realization dawned, and Harvey adeptly salvaged the situation, unmasking a backstage error while doing so. “They wrote Portugal on the damn sign, trying to play me,” he clarified, deflecting the mistake while highlighting his crew’s oversight. In a lighthearted jest, he added, “They’re trying to get me again. But I’m not going for it this year.”

As per usmagazine.com, the author of “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” continued to emphasize his innocence, “Congratulations Paraguay. They had Portugal on the damn sign. I looked dead at it. Y’all saw it. Don’t try to blame this on me this year!”

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The episode reignites a dormant debate. Are these hiccups real, unintentional mistakes, or are they deliberate attempts by dramatic shows, like NASCAR, to increase viewership? The question looms large, encouraging spectators to pick a side in this ongoing saga of blunders and clarifications. What side do you stand on in this debate?

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Neha Dwivedi

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