Comedian and radio host Steve Harvey, who made headlines last month when he announced the wrong winner at the Miss Universe pageant, will get a shot at redemption Friday when he meets the newly crowned Miss Cayman.
“I’ve been rehearsing so I don’t call her Miss Dominican Republic or something,” joked the popular television personality, who has been hosting his morning radio show from the Comfort Suites hotel on Seven Mile Beach this week.
Harvey, who also hosts the “Family Feud” TV show in the United States, and his crew were broadcasting from poolside at the hotel Wednesday.
The comedian, who gained respect for his smooth handling of the pageant situation, which also spawned a Super Bowl ad for T-Mobile, added, “I think adversity can become a lesson and a blessing if you respond in the right way. You’ve just got to hang in there and ride it out.”
Harvey, who runs a foundation that provides education and mentorship to fatherless youth, sponsored by Choice Hotels, the parent company of the Comfort Suites, said he was delighted to be in Cayman.
“I came down to support my team and my co-hosts on the radio show. Choice Hotels does so much for my foundation to help change the lives of young boys and I wanted to come down and support them.”
Harvey was joined in Cayman by his fellow presenters Shirley Strawberry and his nephew Tommy. The show goes out to around nine million listeners across the U.S.
Tom Mason, general manager of Comfort Suites, said staff at the hotel had dug into their own pockets to raise some money for the foundation.
He said it was a great boost for the hotel, which hosted travel journalists from around the world this week, to get such widespread exposure.
As one of the few hotels in the territory with almost all Caymanian staff, he said the Comfort Suites was well placed to give them a “CaymanKind” experience.
Gary Rutty, managing director of the hotel, was poolside Thursday morning to watch the show.
“I think it’s fantastic for the hotel and for the whole island as well,” he said.