Andy Cohen turns down Miss Universe hosting gig

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2013, 08:58 AM IST

Los Angeles: TV personality Andy Cohen has turned down the offer to host the upcoming Miss Universe pageant.

The 45-year-old openly gay host, who hosted the competition in the last two years, is concerned about his safety if he took the gig because Russia`s "discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there", reported Ace Showbiz.

"The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested and I didn`t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia," he said.

This year`s Miss Universe will take place in Moscow, Russia. It will be the first time for the country to host the pageant.