Patti Stanger, star of Bravo’s long-running reality show Millionaire Matchmaker, has issued an apology after making a series of offensive statements about gay men and monogamy on last night’s live season premiere of the cable network’s late-night talk show Watch What Happens: Live. “I am so sorry,” Stanger said in a statement to media watch group The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). “I did not mean to offend anyone with my comments last night on Watch What Happens: Live.”
A spokesperson for Bravo followed that up with a statement from the network. “Bravo regrets the comments expressed by Patti Stanger on Watch What Happens: Live last night. Her comments are not representative of the network’s beliefs and opinions. We apologize for the offense it caused.”
In a question and answer session with fans on the Sunday, Sept. 25, episode, after a gay caller asked about being monogamous in a long distance relationship, Stanger said: “There is no curbing the gays…I have tried to curb you people.” Later in the episode, Stanger alluded to the fact that it was a “compliment” to be straight versus being gay, which visibly flustered host and Bravo executive Andy Cohen.
Stanger is set to appear on HLN’s The Joy Behar Show on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and will likely address the controversy.