Patti Stanger makes a living telling single people how to find love. But her latest dose of “advice,” delivered on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” probably left potential clients looking for another matchmaker.
On the talk show’s premiere Sunday, “The Millionaire Matchmaker” answered calls from love-seeking viewers. When one caller asked if long-distance, open relationships are possible, Stanger gave an unclear answer before asking if the person was gay.
He was. This prompted Stanger to declare that gay men are not capable of monogamy. “There is no curbing gay men,” Stanger said. “I have tried to curb you people.”
Host Andy Cohen, who is openly gay, seemed to take offense. “I’m down for monogamy,” he said. She began to laugh.
When a gay male viewer Skyped in to ask about finding a long term relationship, Stanger opened with, “First of all, you're very handsome. I thought you were straight.” The Bravo exec. looked at the woman he made famous: “I don't know why being straight is a compliment.”
“Because he's not queen-y,” she replied.
She also took the opportunity to state, ”Jewish men lie.”
Cohen, who is also Jewish, looked a tad exasperated.
(Watch a compilation of the offending clips via Gawker.)
The reaction from some viewers on Twitter was swift and harsh, with many asking for Stanger to be fired.
In case there are any ladies out there who are dying for a piece of Stanger advice, she has some words of wisdom for you too.
Here’s what she said in an interview with “New York Live” recently: “[Men] like [smart women] after marriage. They don't like them before they are married. You got to dumb it down a little because men are not that bright.”
Update: Stanger has responded to the backlash on Twitter: “Attn male Gays: I support you & my comment on WWHL was to a LA guy who can't find commitment.”