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Love Connection Brings Gay Love Back to Network TV

Love Connection Brings Gay Love Back to Network TV

Love Connection

The Fox dating show hosted by Andy Cohen has released a preview of its gay daters.

Love Connection is back -- and it's gayer than ever.

The Fox dating show broke the rainbow glass ceiling last year when it introduced queer daters for the first time in the franchise's history.

A clip released Tuesday of the upcoming season confirmed that gay and lesbian contestants will once again be featured on Love Connection.

"We have shows featuring lesbian dates and gay guys, and so I was thrilled about this," said host Andy Cohen in the clip. "There was no question that we would be including gay men and lesbians last season and this season."

"It means the world to me as a gay man to be able to set my people up," he said.

The preview shows both a male and a female contestant, who will each go on three blind dates with a person of the same gender. Afterward, the dater will recount the experience in front of a live studio audience.

Last season, the primary dater had to choose between love or a cash prize at the conclusion of the episode. This twist has been eliminated this season. But if the audience predicts who the contestant's "love connection" will be, he or she will win $10,000.

The original Love Connection, hosted by Chuck Woolery, premiered in 1983 and did not include same-sex dates in over a decade of airing. In an interview discussing the 2017 revival, Cohen remarked to The Advocate that gay inclusion in the show was a sign of the times. "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," he said.

Love Connection airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern on Fox. Watch the preview of its queer daters below.

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