Dr. Drew And Andy Cohen Discuss The Effects Of Reality TV On Marriage


Watch What Happens Live guests Tamra Judge and Dr. Drew Pinsky joined Andy Cohen in discussing the effects reality TV has on marriage. Monday night, the trio discussed the success rates of marriages that have made it past the reality TV cameras and had some interesting opinions to share.

Dr. Drew said reality shows ruin marriages, but Tamra disagrees. She tells Andy that she feels like she owes Bravo so much, despite having gone through a divorce on-camera.

“Let me be clear,” Pinsky said. “Undo these odds. I’ve only said that one marriage has survive the cameras and that’s the Osbournes. When people approach my wife and I about reality shows we go “eh” because marriages don’t seem to survive. Change those habits, I’m pulling for you.”

“I feel like reality TV magnifies what’s going on in your life,” Tamra responds.

“Sometimes it magnifies it for the better and sometimes for the worse,” Cohen chimed in, telling Tamra, “I think your marriage was broken before we came in.”

“And I’ll admit that,” Tamra says.

“I think what winds up happening is, certainly with a lot of the women we wind up with on the Housewives, it magnifies it, it empowers the female in the relationship, because suddenly she has a source of income, she feels more empowered that she can do something and she gets out of a situation that was already broken,” Andy explained.

“There’s a lot of people that use a lot of energy casting these shows,” Dr. Drew continues. “Usually there is already a lot of conflict and drama in people’s lives before they go on a reality show. It may be just that.”

Andy also uses Kristen and Josh Taekman from RHONY and Shannon and David Beador from RHOC as examples. Cohen explained that he believes Kristen and Josh’s bickering is normal, but said it will be interesting to see what happens to the Beadors.

Skip to 2:14 to watch the discussion.

Who do you agree with?

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