'Millionaire Matchmaker' Patti Stanger Criticizes Gay Community

The reality TV host is under fire for some insensitive comments she made during the season 5 premiere of Watch What Happens: Live

When people tuned in to the season 5 premiere of Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live Sunday night, they certainly were watching something controversial happen.

Millionaire Matchmaker host Patti Stanger came on the show to give viewers and host Andy Cohen relationship advice, but what they got was something much more divisive. Stanger is known for voicing her opinions regardless of how blunt they are -- that's part of her appeal -- but when one fan called in and asked for Stanger's take on long-distance relationships, she made a point of asking the man whether he was gay. And that's when things got weird.

"Long distance relationships are great because they go faster and are quicker to close to a serious (relationship), almost marriage," she said. She then added: "In the gay world, it will always be open."

That wasn't the end of it, though. Cohen asked for clarification, saying, "So wait, gays can have open relationships?"

"There's no curbing the gay... I've tried to curb you people," Stanger responded. "I've decided to throw in the towel and just say, 'Do what you want. But when you find the right person, you will know.'"

She added that once gay men find love, they will no longer want to use social networking sites and other similar activities. Cohen, who is himself gay, clearly was put off by Stanger's comments. He called her out on her generalizations about gay men and open relationships, and said that he is "down for the monogamy."

When Stanger laughed and asked him when his last serious relationship was, Cohen answered that it was a three-year-long courtship that started six years ago. "So since business took off, you kicked him to the curb?" Stanger shot back.

Later in the show, Stanger told a Skype caller who announced he was gay, "You're very handsome, I thought you were straight."

When Cohen asked Stanger why that was a compliment, she answered, "Because he's not queen-y." Alrighty then!

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