Host Andy Cohen confirms gay and lesbian singles will now be included in the reboot of the dating game show, “Love Connection”.
“It’s 2017, and they should just be treated the exact same way as I’m treating everyone else,” the show’s host Cohen confirms to The Advocate. “I think it’s just kind of this post-gay world that we live in, where it’s just another part of this dating show.”
The original “Love Connection” hosted by Chuck Woolery aired through the 1980s and 1990s. Episodes introduced a bachelor or bachelorette to three potential suitors, each of whom gave a self-introduction before the audience chose the most-suitable candidate for a date.
If the guest agreed with the audience’s choice, they would go on a date and return later to reveal whether it was a good match or the date from hell. The original series only featured heterosexual couples, but now, the reboot will feature both gay and straight singles looking for a match.
It was Cohen himself who approached the show’s producers to ask if singles seeking same sex dates could be featured on the revival.
“The more visibility, the better,” he says. “A network show where you have gay people dating? I think it’s great.”
One of the first gay contestants on “Love Connection” is 32-year-old Liz Baxter who tells The Advocate the series reboot comes at a perfect time for the LGBTQ community.
“I never thought that I would be in this position, but I’m super proud of being gay, so I’m happy to be an advocate in any way,” she says. “It’s a perfect time to say, ‘We’re here. We’re a part of the mainstream community. We’re on TV. And we’re not going away.'”
While the openly gay Cohen is set to help people find love on “Love Connection”, he’s not leaving his celeb dish-fest “Watch What Happens Live” behind.
“I’m the only gay guy in late night,” he explains, adding that his sexuality doesn’t define his talk show. “I don’t think that my show is a gay show. I just think I happen to be gay. I happen to objectify guys a lot on my show. And I like doing it. And I think it’s a wink to all the women in the audience who see women being objectified and maybe don’t like it or think, ‘Oh, that’s a part of society.'”