BRAVO’s Andy Cohen Drops Out Of Miss Universe Hosting Gig in Russia
BRAVO television’s Andy Cohen is taking a stand against Russia’s draconian anti-gay laws and is refusing to take part in his yearly gig as co host of the 2013 Miss Universe competition, which will be held on Nov. 9 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.
Cohen made the announcement to friend and pageant co-host of the past two years, E! News’ Giuliana Rancic, that he turned it down because “their discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit.”
“The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested,” he told Rancic, adding that he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”