If you didn’t make it up to the very end of the Oscars last night, then you missed out on what was the most insane moment in the history of the awards show. After some obvious confusion and uncertainty—Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner. Except the actual winner was Moonlight. After some scuffling on stage, the shocked producers of Moonlight took their statue from the even more shocked producers of La La Land. But if this scenario felt a little, uh, familiar—well that’s because Steve Harvey suffered through a similar gaffe as host of the Miss Universe pageant in 2015 when he crowned the wrong winner before correcting his mistake on live TV.
Now, while Steve was not at the Oscars last night, he was top of mind as soon as Best Picture-gate unfolded. Host Jimmy Kimmel was even quick to (jokingly) blame him for the mess. But we must hand it to Steve for jumping into the controversy with humor and even sympathy for all involved—especially Warren Beatty.
This morning, Steve broke his silence via Twitter with some hilarious snark:
And then he got real on his radio show, telling Warren Beatty to call him since they’re now kindred spirits. “Me and Warren handled it great. It's a me and Warren's thing. We handled it great. At least the producers of the Oscars walked out with him... and they corrected the mistake on the night."
Steve went on to explain that on the night of his snafu, the wrong winner smiled and waved for nearly four minutes before the crown was taken away. “I know more than anyone else in the world about this. I am the creator of these moments. The epicurean of this,” Steve said.
So how does Steve think the world should treat Warren? "Because Warren made a mistake, does he have to die?" he joked. "Should he lose his life? Y'all wanna kill him? Well he needs security because of this."
Steve also praised the Oscars producers for remedying the situation so quickly, dropping a bombshell about what almost happened with his Miss Universe mix-up. “Thank God for producers who stand with their talent. Unlike waiting the next day to handle it with the press, as it was suggested in my ear...I can help Warren get through this. Call me Warren, baby."
We have a feeling that Warren is gonna stay quiet for now, but it's good to know that Steve has his back in this very small club that no one really wants to be a part of.
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