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.