Yesterday Patti Stanger, host of Millionaire Matchmaker, made a lot of enemies while appearing on a Bravo talk show.
Taking calls from viewers, Stanger repeatedly packaged gay and Jewish stereotypes as insight in a segment that offended viewers and made host Andy Cohen visibly uncomfortable. Things started to get uncomfortable when a gay man called in asking a question about maintaining an open long-term relationship. Stanger said, “In the gay world, it will always be open,” and continued, “I’ve tried to curb you people.” She then referenced a gay sex site. Andy Cohen recoiled in shock. “I’m down for the monogamy,” he said, pushing back on her comments. She immediately burst out laughing. “When was the last time you had a boyfriend?” she asked, incredulously. Another caller hit on similar themes, and got a similar response from Stanger. He called in saying that he was looking for a committed relationship in L.A., but was having trouble finding people with the same priorities. “You’re very handsome,” she said, “I thought you were straight.” She then clarified that he wasn’t “queeny,” as Cohen made a funny face that expressed his discomfort.
Stanger went on to advise against dating Jewish men because “they lie.” Today social media sites have lit up with calls for Bravo to cancel the show.