*Miss Universe judge Perez Hilton trashed host pageant Steve Harvey on “Good Morning America” Tuesday, and also threw shade at Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, whom Harvey mistakenly crowned the winner.
Hilton — who judged alongside former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, NFL legend Emmitt Smith and actress Niecy Nash at the Las Vegas pageant on Sunday — said Harvey “just didn’t do his job well, period.”
“There is a prompter but the moment where he crowns the winner isn’t on the prompter because that moment, they don’t want the other girls to know, so it was just on his card and he read it incorrectly,” Hilton said.
“It was crazy for us in the theater after the broadcast ended because people were booing and screaming,” Hilton said, adding that Harvey “disappeared” from the theater soon after the mistake.
“We didn’t have all the information yet on exactly what had happened on the strip so it was pandemonium inside,” he said, referring to a separate incident on the Las Vegas strip Sunday night when a woman drove her car through a crowded sidewalk, killing one and injuring over 30 others.
Hilton says his first reaction to the mix-up was that the pageant was “rigged” because he knew he and the other judges had voted for Miss Philippines.
“All of us voted for Philippines to win, so we were in shock and then when we found out that there was a mistake, I was like, ‘This is brilliant. They did this on purpose for publicity,'” Hilton said. “I mean, that’s how my mind works.”
Meanwhile, Hilton also took time to call out Miss Colombia for her behavior before and after she was erroneously crowned.
“I see Miss Colombia posting on Instagram that she’s the true winner,” said the gossip blogger. Indeed, Gutierrez, 21, posted a photo to social media on Monday of herself in her moment as Miss Universe before it was snatched away. “FOREVER YOUR MISS UNIVERSE!! COLOMBIA !!!!!!!” she wrote in Spanish alongside the pic of herself smiling and waving inside Planet Hollywood.
“There’s a reason — many reasons — that she didn’t win. Congratulations to Philippines,” added Hilton.
Watch Hilton’s “GMA” interview below:
Hilton threw even more shade in a separate podcast on Monday. Regarding Miss Colombia’s behind-the-scenes demeanor, he noticed her attitude when the judges posed the question: “Why do you think you deserve to win the Miss Universe crown?”
“I don’t know if the people at home could see this, but Miss Colombia was being straight-up diva bitch,” Hilton said of her alleged behavior. “[She was] rude to her translator. She was giving the most awful side-eye, throwing major shade. . . . Miss Colombia was not happy with the pace or the way that the translator was translating.”
He claims other judges were just as rankled. “She came across not just to me, but several of the other judges [as] bitchy and arrogant. It was that Miss Philippines gave a better answer.”