Andy Cohen, the openly gay host of Bravo channel’s What What Happens Live talk show, refered to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a ‘bastard’ in an interview over the weekend.
During a piece on LGBTI equality on NBC’s Meet the Press, Cohen was asked about Putin inadvertently hugging a gay gold medal speed skater from Holland.
Replied Cohen: ‘We all get carried away in the magic and pageantry of the Olympics. I mean, wouldn’t it be great if that bastard did too? I mean, it would be. He put on a huge show. Learn something from it.’
Putin, of course, is behind Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law which makes it illegal to show any kind of public support of homosexuality.
‘When I see Putin, my blood boils, you know,’ Cohen said. ‘I think he is living in a fantasyland where gay people– the mayor of Sochi said there are no gay people in Sochi. There are now by the way – a lot.’
It was because of the anti-gay laws that Cohen refused to consider co-hosting the Miss Universe pageant – held in Moscow last November – for the third year in row.
‘It seemed very disingenuous of me to go to Russia and do a travelogue about what a great time the pageant queens had in Moscow, what a wonderful city when I could be stoned in a square for throwing out a gay flag.’