Reigning Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach will not co-host with Steve Harvey for the 65th Miss Universe pageant.
This was announced by Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo in a briefing.
Pia can’t host the pageant since she will have her final walk and will pass the crown to the next Miss Universe, Teo explained.
But the tourism chief mentioned that three Filipinas have auditioned as Harvey’s co-host for the pageant.
She, however, declined to name the co-host. In a previous statement, Teo said a co-host will help to avoid last year’s gaffe in announcing the Miss Universe title holder.
During the Miss Universe 2015, in which Harvey hosted, he read the wrong name in announcing the winner.
As Pia turns over the Miss Universe crown to her successor, Teo said, the beauty queen would join senator and boxing champion Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao as the country’s tourism ambassadors.
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach Will Join Manny Pacquiao As Tourism Ambassador During Miss U Pageant
Miss Universe Philippines 2010 Venus Raj is set to host the red carpet special of the 2016 pageant with social media star Bretman Rock on January 29, 6 pm ET (January 30, 7 am in the Philippines).
The news was confirmed on the Miss Universe website, though it has not yet been announced.
Steve Harvey and Ashley Graham will host the main event on January 30 at the Mall of Asia Arena, where Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will crown her successor.
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