Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger has apologised after she managed to offend Jews, gay men and intelligent women with her controversial dating advice.
The dating expert, 50, claimed on last night’s Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live that ‘Jewish men lie’ and suggested that gay men found it difficult to be monogamous.
She also said on New York Live that bright women should ‘dumb down’ if they want to find a man.
This evening she issued a statement expressing her remorse.
‘I am so sorry,’ it read. ‘I did not mean to offend anyone with my comments last night on Watch What Happens Live.’
A spokesman for Bravo has also apologised over the comments.
They told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘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.’
Miss Stanger sparked a storm of criticism on Twitter last night while issuing her advice to viewers of Watch What Happens Live.
But it was her comments regarding homosexual relationships that most riled show host Andy Cohen, who himself is gay.
Relationship guru: Miss Stanger claims to have a 99 per cent success rate
Miss Stanger had been explaining to a gay viewer why he should not worry about being in a long-distance relationship.
She said: ‘In the gay world, there’s always going to be open [relationships]. There’s no curbing the gay man. You’re going to be OK.’
A surprised Mr Cohen, 43, responded: ‘So wait, gays can have open relationships?’
But Miss Stanger replied: ‘I have tried to curb “you people.”‘
Refusing to let the issue lie, Mr Cohen pressed her further: ‘I am a gay and am down for monogamy.’
To which Miss Stanger retorted: ‘When’s the last time you had a boyfriend?’
Adding further insult to many viewers, the dating guru, who claims to have a 99 per cent success rate, told another caller that ‘Jewish men lie.’
Her controversial comments follow an appearance on New York Live in which she advised intelligent women to ‘dumb down’.
She said: ‘(Men) don’t like (smart women) before they are married. You’ve got to dumb it down a little because men are not that bright.’
Miss Stanger, who is currently single after splitting from her fiance of six years last year, regularly causes upset with her advice.
Earlier this year she said that curly-haired women should always straighten their hair.
She told Today.com: ‘Silky Asian hair has been in for the last 100 years, probably for the history of style. It signifies opulent wealth and sophistication.
Controversial: Miss Stanger has also advised intelligent women to ‘dumb down’
‘Men who are wealthy like straight hair, they like to run their hands through it, not get tangled in there like it does with curls. And honestly, very few women have perfect curls. Unless you’re Andie McDowell, the curls just look messy.’
She added, rather controversially, that red hair was a dating faux pas too – much to the anger of members of her own family.
‘My cousin is a redhead and she almost kicked my ass for this,’ she revealed. ‘The only men who like redheads are Irish.
‘I can’t get my millionaires to date a redhead – it has nothing to do with me. I can’t make my millionaires pick what I want; It’s not me; it’s the men. I’m just the distributor.
Forget Sugar Hut, Mick Norcross should rename his club Sugar Daddy.
Despite his greying hair and growing waistline, the 48-year-old appears to have made Maria Fowler fall for his charms following a speed-dating game.
At just 25, The Only Way Is Essex redhead is half his age and could have her pick of any handsome young contenders.
However, the new showmance will have viewers questioning if the couple really are lovestruck or just playing up to the cameras.
Instead of declaring her blossoming affections for the silver fox, Maria was more interested in the apparent global attention they are accumulating.
She seemed pleased as punch yesterday when she wrote on Twitter: ‘@micky_norcross & @MariaFowler… Trending worldwide! #Essex.’
The bizarre relationship began after co-star Gemma Collins arranged a ‘singles night’ last week.
The blonde ITV2 star, who recently lost over three stone in weight, held a party where the girls were given locks and the boys were handed keys.
As luck would have it, Kirk’s father relished his Cinderella moment when his key fit Maria’s lock.
Unsurprisingly, Kirk, who at 23 is two years younger than his father’s new girlfriend, felt uncomfortable that his former enemy was muscling in with his old man.
The two young stars failed to put their differences behind them last season, with Kirk referring to Maria as ‘an extra’.
But during a visit to a salon for a dual head massage, the father and son discussed the latest turn of events.
Kirk told Mick that ‘family comes first and that’s it’, but after a chat with Maria he softened his approach to the lovebirds.
He joked: ‘As long as you make him smile. Be careful, if you get a bit… he might have a heart attack.’
Maria also saw the funny side of the age gap, telling Lauren Pope and Lauren Goodger: ‘I’ll make him (Kirk) call me mum – imagine Sunday dinner, me and him and if you and Kirk got back together.’
Following a lack of air time in series three, an angry Maria is said to be adamant on doing whatever it takes to increase her broadcast coverage.
An insider told The Sun: ‘Maria wants to make sure that she doesn’t fade into the background.
‘She knows being part of a relationship with another cast member will guarantee her more scenes.’
Maria split from boyfriend Craig Church last month.
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WITH red hair and freckles, Jade Thompson was an easy target for playground bullies.
She was a quiet kid and it was difficult to put up with the name calling and people even STARING in the street because of her unusual looks.
Her future didn’t look like being anything out of the ordinary as she was brought up in gritty Stoke-on-Trent and settled into a nine-to-five job.
But today 20-year-old Jade is on course for worldwide fame and riches as a SUPERMODEL.
And the appearance that once seemed an obstacle to greater things is now her biggest asset.
No one was more surprised than Jade when Elle Macpherson praised her as “unique” with an “amazing body” when declaring her the winner of TV’s Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model.
Throughout the TV series against 12 other beauties Jade captivated viewers with the unusual mix of her hair, skin and her slender, Size 8 figure.
Presenter Elle recalled: “When we met Jade she said we wouldn’t meet anyone like her — and she was right.”
After bagging the most sought-after prize in British modelling, Jade is now in the perfect position to fulfil her dream of becoming a lingerie model.
She told The Sun: “I never expected to win, it was 100 per cent a surprise.
“Juste, the other girl in the final with me, has been a model for five years so I automatically thought she would get it.
“But then I suppose the point of the show is to discover an unknown.
A walk in the park … Jade Thompson on
Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model
“Although I’m tall I felt tiny in the model house. Juste was 6ft in her bare feet.
“And although I’m really thin no one in the modelling industry has boobs so I’m seen as a curvy girl.
“When I went to America with the show I loved it, and the photographers there seemed to love me — my figure fits better over there.
“Now I’d love to go to the States and become a Victoria’s Secret model.”
Showcasing the bras and briefs for one of the world’s most famous lingerie firms is a far cry from Jade’s previous job as an insurance adviser.
She explained: “I did that after I quit my degree in nursing. I knew nursing wasn’t for me but I never had the confidence to become a model.
“I had thought about it but I never said anything to anyone. I was going to go into nursing and be a normal girl.
“I live in Stoke with my mum and we don’t have anything to do with modelling here.”
Her big break came when Jade attended the TV show’s live event last year — and was besieged by model scouts.
She recalled: “I was asked by Wonderbra and a modelling agency if I wanted to be a model and a scout for the show approached me and said I should attend the audition.
“My mum, my boyfriend and my friends all told me I had to go for it — and I’m so glad I did.”
The 13-week show pits 13 wannabe models against each other.
They all live together during the series, go through a series of modelling challenges, and the girl with the least impressive photoshoot each week must leave.
The judging panel is made up of Elle, top designer Julien Macdonald, celebrity stylist Grace Woodward and male model Charley Speed.
As well as having to pose with a falcon in one challenge, Jade also had to walk a husky down the catwalk in the final.
In one episode she even plunged into a tank in the London Aquarium while wearing a designer dress to be photographed with rays and sharks — quite a tough gig for a non-swimmer.
She also modelled bridal wear in the Florida Everglades and completed a nude shoot as part of the show.
Jade revealed: “I can’t swim and I really thought I was going home after the aquarium shoot. As well as good comments from the judges I also got negative ones too.
“Grace said I was like Marmite, that you’d either love me or hate me which was quite upsetting, but it made me stronger and even more determined to win.
“Modelling is quite a crazy industry but the show has given me the confidence to deal with whatever situation I might face.”
Jade’s single mum, Dawn Evans, 47, an after-school club assistant, brought up Jade and her siblings alone.
She is understandably very proud of her daughter.
Jade explained: “My mum is thrilled, but she always jokes that she doesn’t know how she ended up with such different kids.
“My dad’s black and his family are from Jamaica so I’m mixed race, but my ginger hair is from my nan.
“I have three older brothers, one is paler than me with a blond afro and the others have much darker skin than me, so we’re a real mix of genes.
“I am in touch with my dad but I live with my mum.
“She’s done an amazing job to bring us all up on her own.”
But Jade’s eye-catching red hair made her a target for bullies at primary school. She said: “I was called freckle face and ginger nut and I was quite upset.
“People would even stop and stare at me in the street. But after leaving primary school I started to like having ginger hair and freckles.
“I was a really quiet kid but once I found the right group of friends at secondary school I really came out of my shell.”
And even sharp-tongued judge Grace finally came around to her magical looks.
She said in the show: “Jade is like her name, she’s a rare and precious stone we’ve found in the rough.”
And Jade is grateful for their mentoring.
She said: “To be guided by someone like Elle is incredible.
“She’s been at the top for a long time and she’s now a brand by herself, with her skincare and lingerie ranges.
“I also really look up to the models Lara Stone and Lily Cole.
“Lara has boobs and a gap in her teeth like I do, and Lily is ginger so they are both an inspiration for me.
“My dream is to model for labels like Calvin Klein and Victoria Beckham, but I love the High Street too. My two favourite shops are Topshop and Miss Selfridge.”
Jade has already completed a cover shoot for Company magazine, one of a raft of top-notch prizes for winning the competition.
The package includes a contract with agency Models 1, a cosmetics contract with Revlon, a fashion campaign with Miss Selfridge and a Peugeot RCZ sports coupe.
Plus there’s a holiday for two to Jamaica, which Jade hopes to take next year with her electrician boyfriend Reuben Burt, 20.
Jade said: “I know there will be knockbacks along the way and people who don’t like the way I look but you have to take the good with the bad.
“I can’t wait to get started as a model now, it really does feel like my dream has come true.”
“I would love to have my own brand like that and I know I can work hard enough to get it.
The world’s largest sperm bank, Cyros in Denmark, has recently stopped accepting sperm from redheaded men. Representatives say the demand just isn’t there; women only want redheaded sperm if their partners have red hair or if they just like the hair color. I guess the women purchasing sperm don’t really understand genetics; just because you have sperm from a redheaded male does not mean, ladies and gentleman, you will produce redheaded offspring. The gene variants associated with red hair are recessive, which means the mother would have to carry the gene variants as well. So all these picky mothers-to-be are just afraid of their own recessive genes they may be toting around.
This huge rejection of redheads brought me to think about my own congenital condition: being a “ginger.” I didn’t hear this term until high school (Thank you, “South Park”), and since then, it has spread through America like rapid fire (no pun intended). The term is derogatory or just okay, depending on my mood, but I have never really taken it as a compliment. I don’t really go around labeling people, so I don’t know why I should have a label stamped on me. I feel like there are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there about people with red hair, and someone has to stand up and represent the ginger community.
My marriage and family professor last semester pointed out that since white people are the majority in the United States, they don’t wake up and think, “Ugh, my alarm is going off, and so another day as a white person begins,” like minorities may about their respective races. Wrong. I definitely wake up every morning and think, “I don’t want to get up because it means I’ll have to put on sunscreen and face another day in the world of brunettes and blondes.” Redheads are the smallest minority, you see, with only one to two percent of the world having red hair. We can’t all hang around each other because that would be too much paleness for anyone’s eyes to handle. We have to spread ourselves out amongst the common folk; no friend group is complete without a token redhead. If you already have your token redhead friend, good for you! If you don’t, you should really put this paper down and go befriend a ginger. We are great people! We develop a sense of humor and good personality at a young age as a defense mechanism against endless taunts of “carrot top.” We also command the attention of any room we’re in (whether it be good or bad attention), and if you are around old people, forget about it. For some reason, redheads are the favorites amongst the elderly. We don’t know why, but we’re not going to ask; we just accept it. There seems to be this rumor that all redheads know each other, that we have secret meetings or have a support group. People, we’re redheads, not alcoholics. I don’t ask you if you know every person with dark hair I know; that would take a long time and is just ridiculous in general.
Unfortunately, not everyone embraces red hair like they should. Redheads have a history of being sacrificed, burned at the stake and ostracized, all because of their hair color. Even though some countries consider red hair rare and beautiful, redheads still face “gingerism,” a colloquialism for the prejudice redheads face in countries such as England, presumably because of the country’s tumultuous past with Ireland. There have been recorded hate crimes against redheads, and, in 2009, a little boy committed suicide because of taunts of being called “ginger” and “ginge,” amongst other things. “Ginge” is a more derogatory term used in western Europe. Many people argue gingerism should be considered a form of racism, considering redheads have faced a history of unfair treatment based on appearance and have gene variants that cause differences in skin tone and hair color and texture.
So, as you roam around the world today, look around you and appreciate the array of colors of people. Without redheads, we wouldn’t have Richard the Lionheart, Henry VIII, Winston Churchill, Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson or numerous contemporary celebrities including Julia Roberts, Conan, Julianne Moore and Seth Green. And, most importantly, we wouldn’t be entertained with the day-to-day antics of Lindsay Lohan.