Gay TV host turns down Miss Universe gig because pageant to be held in Russia

Andy Cohen: '[I] didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia'

Gay TV host turns down Miss Universe gig because pageant to be held in Russia
15 August 2013

For the past two years, Andy Cohen has co-hosted the Miss Universe pageant with fellow US television personality Giuliana Rancic.

But Cohen has a very specific reason for turning down an offer to co-host for a third time: this year’s event will be in Moscow, Russia, where a draconian anti-gay propaganda law went into effect earlier this year.

The openly gay Bravo executive and host of Watch What Happens Live told Rancic on her E! News program that Russia’s ‘discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit.’

He added: ‘[I] didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.’

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