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It was the Miss Universe pageant mistake heard round the world. Steve Harvey hunkering down crying mea culpa after calling out the wrong winner in Sunday’s Miss Universe pageant.

Still, Channel 3 found solid love for the Cleveland native in this whirlwind of worldwide criticism.

“I saw the news all day! Steve Harvey! Steve Harvey! Steve Harvey! I thought HE won the pageant!”, laughs Nick Kostis, managing member of Hilarities E. 4th St. Comedy Club and Pickwick and Frolic.

“He was gifted from the get go,” said Kostis of Harvey.

Kostis remembers when Harvey took the stage in 1985.It was open mic night at Hilarities, in Cuyahoga Falls then.

“The manager said you want to give it a shot? He went up and he killed it! Well he was bitten and he never looked back,” said Kostis.

Harvey, a native son of the CLE graduated from Glenville High School in 1974 and has an old school friend in Glenville classmate, now Coach, Ted Ginn Sr.

“That’s my buddy. I got his back all the way. We love him here. It was a mistake we all make mistakes in life,” said Ginn.

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