"Millionaire Matchmaker" Patti Stanger is in hot water after casting judgments about gays and Jewish people. Taking a break from crushing the self-esteem of hopeful singletons, the reality TV star and her sharp tongue answered fans' questions on "Bravo's Watch What Happens Live" on Sept. 25.
After Stanger, who is known for preaching monogamy, told a gay caller there will always be open relationships in the "gay world," host Andy Cohen asked her, "So wait, the gays can have open relationships?"
Stanger replied, "There's no curbing the gay… I try to curb you people and you 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."
When a bewildered Cohen said he was "down for the monogamy," Stanger laughed and asked when he last had a boyfriend.
The TV personality continued to dig herself deeper when, during another fan phone call, she said, "First of all, you're very handsome. I thought you were straight, so that's a compliment!" Stanger elaborated to say "straight" was a compliment, "because he's not queen-y."
Stanger then took a call from a female viewer, who said men tell her what they think she wants to hear. Stanger asked if they were Jewish, and when Cohen asked what Jewish men do, Stanger replied, "they lie."
Stanger has since appeared on "The Joy Behar Show" to explain her previous statements. Only rubbing salt in the wound, the TV star said, "But the gay man, they whip it out at eye lock! They get involved, and then find out later whether or not they want a serious relationship. And I hope they use the privilege in New York for gay marriage, because they have it. A lot of gays aren't getting married!"
When Behar told Stanger she was generalizing, Stanger said, "I apologize if GLAAD was offended. I was the first person for gay marriage; I put it on the map, on television - where every network fought me - and I'm still there in the trenches."
Stanger did not discuss on the talk-show her accusation that Jewish men "lie."
Bravo has issued an apology for Stanger's "Watch What Happens Live" appearance, saying, "Her comments are not representative of the network's beliefs and opinions. We apologize for the offense it caused."