Andy Cohen refuses to host Miss Universe in Moscow over anti-gay laws

Washington, Aug. 16 (ANI): TV host Andy Cohen will not be hosting the Miss Universe Pageant in Russia after President Vladimir Putin implemented the harsh anti-gay laws.

The openly gay Bravo executive turned down the offer set to be held on November 9 in Moscow.

According to the New York Post, he told Giuliana Rancic, his co-host of the pageant for the past two years, that the country's discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit.

He added that under the law anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested, and therefore he did not feel right as a gay man to go to Russia.

The Russian legislation threatens prosecution for discussing or supporting gay rights with parades or public events, the report added. (ANI)