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Andy Cohen Turns Down Miss Universe Hosting Gig in Russia, Is "Concerned for His Safety"






Andy Cohen, Giuliana RancicAndy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic  /  Photo by Richard D. Salyer/Miss USA
The Miss Universe pageant will be missing one familiar face this year.
Andy Cohen will not be taking his regular post as cohost of the 2013 Miss Universe competition, which will be held on Nov. 9 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.
The Watch What Happens Live star told his friend and pageant cohost of the past two years, E! News' Giuliana Rancic, that he turned it down because he's "concerned for his safety."
"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."
Implemented last month, a controversial new law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors" bars the public discussion of gay rights and relationships anywhere children might hear it. The law has been condemned by Russian and international human rights groups as highly discriminatory.
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The anti-gay propaganda law quickly stirred up controversy, with people calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia to gay bars in Los Angeles planning "vodka-dumping" protests.
Even celebs have spoken out against the country's view on the homosexual community, including Lady Gaga.
"Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia?" she first tweeted.
Gaga continued, "The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom...Why didn't you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn't want answer to the world?"
There is no word as to who will step in to replace Cohen at this year's pageant.
(NBC and E! are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

Source: Eonline.com, 8/14/2013

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