If anybody can identify with the embarrassment felt by Oscar presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway after they announced the wrong Best Picture winner Sunday night, it’s Steve Harvey.
Harvey had his own awards ceremony disaster not that long ago. When he was hosting the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, he inadvertently named the wrong woman as the winner of the pageant on the live telecast. In fact, Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel made a reference to Harvey’s misstep during the on-stage chaos after “La La Land” was incorrectly named the winner of Best Picture — instead of “Moonlight,” the actual winner.
In the midst of the surreal moment on stage, as the scope of the disaster was becoming clear, Kimmel said: “Guys, this is very unfortunate, what happened.” Then he took the predictable, albeit timely, jab at Harvey: “Personally, I blame Steve Harvey for this.”
Harvey sent out a series of tweets today alluding to the Oscars calamity. In the first, he joked: “Good morning everybody! Went to sleep early last night. So… what I miss? #Oscars”
He later suggested Beatty get in touch for some counseling, tweeting: “Call me Warren Beatty. I can help you get through this!”
Meanwhile, posts from other Twitter users goofing on the Oscars incident were showing up on Harvey’s account. Here’s an example …