Executive Producer and Watch What Happens Live Host, Andy Cohen, is speaking out about the controversy surrounding The Real Housewives Franchise; including Teresa Giudice’s legal woes and rumors and speculation that the show is headed for cancellation. Andy promises the shows will be around for a long time in this new interview with TV Guide.
First, he talks about his new role at Bravo. “I believe it was January 3rd when I woke up and for the first time in my life I didn’t have a boss. So it’s great. I’m continuing to host specials for Bravo, which I love doing. And I’m still an executive producer of all the Real Housewives shows.” When asked if it was because nobody wanted his job, he explained, “No, quite the contrary! I wanted to and I believe that this franchise can go and go and go if we treat it delicately and properly. We’re seeing with Real Housewives of Atlanta record numbers of any season ever. I care about it a lot.”
For the first time, Andy is speaking out about the real-life drama that surrounds some of the women, imparticular, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice’s legal problems. “With Teresa, we’re shooting New Jersey now and that’s very much the reality of what she’s going through. It will very much be a part of the show next season. We cover it in the way that we can,” Andy says of Teresa’s upcoming trial.
What about the death of RHOBH’s Russell Armstrong? “The strategy is to take a beat, regroup, talk to everyone involved, take stock. What we saw with Beverly Hills was, this was a show that was light and airy and a beautiful package. But when you opened up the package, there was something not so pretty inside. That was probably the most challenging situation in the history of the show. We got with all the women and asked them, “What do you want to do? What can anyone get out of this? Is there something that we can learn from this?”” Cohen explained.
Andy also shared what he sees for the future of reality TV. “The Voice spawned a wave of “everything’s got to be even bigger.” The great thing about reality TV is it always comes down to just an idea that’s really simple, and truth is stranger than fiction,” he shares. “We all love sociology and watching people interact in whatever way. It’s why Survivor is still incredible and one of the greatest shows, and Amazing Race is so great, so I think there will be a few more. Hopefully I’ll have a great idea.”
So what does Andy want to take on in his new role as Producer? “I’ve had a lot of ideas for documentaries, which is something I was familiar with producing at CBS News,” he reveals. “I’ve been talking to a lot of people who have never done unscripted TV whom I’ve reached out to in the hopes that maybe they would trust me enough that we could do something together and it would be fun. My pitch to them is that drama or reality TV doesn’t have to be ugly. You can have drama that’s fun or relatable or aspirational.”
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