Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen returned January 3rd and debuted a brand new look with its new clubhouse.
The new Clubhouse is double the size of the original 22-seat studio and includes a larger bar, a fireplace, “a secret door for guests,” and access to a roof deck. The best seats in the house will be the new original audience seats from The Oprah Winfrey Show, which “are going to be our VIP special audience seats,” Andy told EW. And a new Lite Brite screen of one of the Grateful Dead’s dancing bears (Andy is a big Deadhead) was added to the clubhouse.
There is also a new performance space in the studio. “We want more Housewives performances but also more performances in general,” Andy said. “Weâ€™ve had the Scissor Sisters perform, John Mayer, and Bob Weir performed this year, so weâ€™ve had more low-key unplugged performances, and weâ€™d love to amp that up a little bit.”
But with all the additions, the clubhouse will still have the same feel. The Clubhouse will continue to be filled with eclectic, funky furnishings and decor, including shelves filled with iconic tchotchkes like the Justin Bieber doll wearing a Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress, a framed photo of Giggy Vanderpump, and the shotski gifted by Jimmy Fallon.
“People are starting to tweet me to say theyâ€™re really freaked out, like, ‘Oh no, we love the clubhouse, what are you doing,’ but the integrity of the clubhouse will remain; itâ€™s just going to be a little bit bigger,” Andy said. “For me, I remember when we didnâ€™t even have an audience, and then we added an audience. Even though it was only 22 people, the energy of those people in the room, it was so exciting for me to have them there and to have people to perform for, so now the idea that weâ€™re going to double that room and have 50 people is really cool. But no, it will still be really intimate. Weâ€™re bringing all of our little tchotchkes upstairs. The show is the show, and at this point, we canâ€™t bail on it.”
Check out photos of the new space below.
Check out Andy giving this special tour of his new digs on Instagram.
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