Andy Cohen Drops Out as Miss Universe Host Due to Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws

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Bravo staple and “Watch What Happens: LiveAndy Cohen says that he will not host this year’s Miss Universe pageant in Russia because of the country’s laws against homosexuality. Cohen co-hosted the Miss Universe pageant the past two years.

He informed Miss Universe co-host Giuliana Rancic of his decision, noting that he doesn’t “feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia,” according to E! News.

Russia recently created laws that ban all forms of “homosexual propaganda,” and allow police to jail and fine anyone who is suspected of being gay or supportive of gay rights.

“The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested,” Cohen said to her, adding that “Their discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit.”

The Miss Universe competition is scheduled to take place in Moscow on Nov. 9.

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