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Andy Cohen boycotting Miss Universe pageant in Russia over country's anti-gay laws

Andy Cohen is seen in this undated file photo.

August 15, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Bravo's Andy Cohen says he's not returning to co-host this year's Miss Universe pageant because he's not setting foot in Russia.

The openly-gay television personality has co-hosted the pageant for the past two years, but he told E! News he'll boycott the show this year over safety concerns.

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently implemented harsh anti-gay laws, and Cohen says those policies make it unsafe for gays who live there and those who just visit.

There is currently a petition urging the Miss Universe organization to move the November pageant out of Russia.