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

By Bruna Nessif
|  Thursday, Aug 15, 2013  |  Updated 4:33 PM EDT
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Andy Cohen Turns Down Hosting Gig in Russia

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Miss Universe co-Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Andy Cohen, who said he will not participate in this year's event because he is "concerned for his safety."

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."

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