Andy Cohen Boycotts Russia, Turns Down Miss Universe Hosting Gig
Jonathan Higbee | August 15, 2013
Though Francesco Pascuzzi's petition to take the 2013 Miss Universe pageant out of Moscow hasn't yet captured the attention of Donald Trump or the Miss Universe Organization, it has struck a nerve with (former) co-host Andy Cohen.
Miss Universe co-host and E! News correspondent Guiliana Rancic revealed that "he turned [the job] down because '[Russia's] 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'...adding that he 'didn't feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.'"
Francesco applauded Andy's decision, saying:
"Andy Cohen’s decision to boycott hosting the Miss Universe pageant sends a very loud and clear message that Russia needs to be held accountable for its brutal and violent crackdown on gay rights. There are more than 20,000 people who’ve signed my petition, and we’re going to keep the pressure on the Miss Universe pageant to pull out of Moscow, in order to make sure all contestants and spectators are safe.”