'I hope they're watching it in the White House,' he says
Tonight, for the first time in more than 2,000 episodes, Love Connection will host an LGBTQ contestant.
The episode of the summer reboot, which is hosted by Andy Cohen, is featuring openly lesbian single and self-proclaimed “gateway drug for straight girls” Liz Baxter. The show will be making history as Baxter recounts the three blind dates that the show sent her on in hopes of finding love.
“It was surreal sitting there when she came out,” Cohen told EW on Thursday. “I sat down and was like, ‘Wow, this is awesome.’ I’m the host, I’m gay, she’s gay, we’re all gay today.”
In another noteworthy twist, one of Liz’s dates comes out to her family in the episode, which Cohen said was an “incredible” moment to watch.
Cohen also said the episode couldn’t be more timely. In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, President Trump claimed that “the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.” Both celebrities and politicians alike have condemned the tweets, including Cohen, who recognizes his right and privilege as the only gay television host in late-night to speak out about these issues.
“I hope that The White House is watching tonight,” Cohen said. “I don’t really know what to make of [Trump’s trans ban] except that I think he’s a bully, a very spontaneous, impetuous bully who likes to pick on people. I think he picked the wrong group of people to pick on. When you see John McCain, Orrin Hatch, and General Mattis come out in defense of transgender service people who are bravely trying to serve and protect our country, then you know that he maybe stepped in the wrong thing.”
Even with tonight’s monumental episode, it is unclear whether or not Love Connection will go further with LGBTQ representation and feature trans contestants or more LGBTQ people of color, but Cohen is remaining optimistic for that to happen in season 2.
Love Connection airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.