12:18pm PT by THR staff
'Love Connection' Features First-Ever LGBTQ Contestants (Exclusive Clip)
For the first time in Love Connection history, the dating show will give LGBTQ contestants a chance at finding their match.
Fox announced earlier this year that the revival of the iconic syndicated show, hosted by Andy Cohen and executive produced by The Bachelor's Mike Fleiss, would feature same-sex couples, and in an exclusive preview clip of Thursday's episode (above), the show's first-ever openly lesbian single takes the stage.
On the episode, contestant Liz Baxter sits in the hot seat as one of her blind dates details what went down when she was "approached" by a male waiter at a restaurant while the two were dining together. The groundbreaking episode also sees one of Baxter's matches coming out as gay to her family on national television.
The game show was originally hosted by Chuck Woolery and ran 2,120 episodes in syndication from 1983-1994. The series remained on the air in repeats through 1995 before relaunching in 1998 with Pat Bullard.
Love Connection's history-making move will air one day after President Donald Trump announced efforts to narrow LGBTQ rights. On Wednesday morning, Trump sparked public outrage when he tweeted that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military "in any capacity."
Love Connection airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.