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Patti Stanger apologizes for controversial gay and Jewish comments


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/27/2011 

Patti Stanger has apologized for controversial comments she made during Sunday night's Watch What Happens Live broadcast on Bravo.

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"I am so sorry," The Millionaire Matchmaker star said in a media statement.

"I did not mean to offend anyone with my comments last night on Watch What Happens Live."

In addition, Bravo has also issued an apology to viewers who might have been offended by Stanger's remarks about gay and Jewish men.

"Bravo regrets the comments expressed by Patti Stanger on Watch What Happens Live last night," a network representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Her comments are not representative of the network's beliefs and opinions. We apologize for the offense it caused."

During her interview with Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen, Stanger implied gay men are incapable of being in monogamous relationships while giving a gay caller advice about whether it'd be smart to follow through with an open long-distance relationship.

"In a gay world, there's always going to be open... There is no curbing the gay. I've tried to curb you people but they just don't -- I've decided to throw in the towel and say, 'Do what you want.' But when you find the right person, you will know... If you really love a person, you wouldn't want to openly go for [others]," the reality TV star said.

Stanger then added fuel to the fire when she suggested that appearing to be a straight man instead of a gay man is more attractive.

"I think you're very handsome and I thought you were straight, so that's a compliment," she told another gay male viewer who asked how to find a partner in Los Angeles interested in a long-term relationship.

Stanger, who is Jewish, also alleged Jewish men are dishonest.

"[Jewish men] lie," she told a female viewer who questioned the dating expert whether men often just say things that women want to hear.
 
Stanger's opinionated remarks seemed to hit a nerve with Cohen, who is both gay and Jewish.

"Jewish men lie? So I'm a non-monogamous liar!" the host said.

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