TODAY | November 08, 2013
>> universe competition is tomorrow in moscow . you can catch it right here on nbc and thomas roberts is serving as one of the hosts this year. thomas, good morning to you.
>> reporter: hey, savannah. good morning to you. we are in the thick of it right now. we're in city hall here in moscow . it's 5:30 in the afternoon and they are doing the final act of rehearsal over my shoulder right now. so technically they have just crowned miss universe , the new one for 2013 . you can hear a voice over me. that's the director telling us to hold but my stand in right now is doing the actual work with my co-host mel b. and he is younger and better looking and has better hair than i do and he's readediing the teleprompter better than me. steven tiler is performing and pab pan panic at the disco .
>> this is an interesting experience for you. we know about russia's antigay laws and people said thomas should you be cohosting the show and you answered your critics last week. what does this experience mean to you?
>> you know, savannah, it's been an incredible experience so far. i don't want to be a commercial for russia or anybody that feel or understand that the propaganda law here is discriminatory. i certainly personally feel that way. i haven't run in to any discrimination during the time i have been here but i have been reporting for msnbc on that. but visibility is really important and me, i'm openly gay . i think it's an interesting fact but i'm certainly not embarrassed about it. i'm proud of my marriage and who i am. so i stand tomorrow night in tuxedo shoes very proud to be coming to you from moscow from miss universe .
>> it looks like a really cool opportunity. you're the perfect person for it. thank you so much. we want to remind everybody you can catch miss universe 2013 tomorrow night at 9:00, 8:00 central in nbc.