Andy Shares Pros (and Cons) of Hosting 'WWHL'
The late night host opens up about his job's perks with Conan O'Brien.
As the host of What What Happens Live, Andy Cohen might arguably have one of the most fun jobs in America. Between games like "Pleading the Fifth" and celebrity Shotskis—not to mention interviewing legends like Cher, Oprah, and Vicki Gunvalson—it often feels like he's hosting America's favorite nightly party. So how does Andy really feel about his job?
"My favorite part is being live," Andy tells Variety, in a hilarious and revealing Q&A with fellow late night host Conan O'Brien. "I love the moment right when it starts because it’s the land of possibility. You feel like this is going to be great. Usually when you think it’s going to be a horrible show is when it winds up being good."
But despite the show's party atmosphere, Andy admits that his least favorite part is having such a set schedule. "I don’t like the idea that I know where I need to be every night around 10 p.m. So that’s kind of irritating," he says. "And I always get bugged when whoever is on the show doesn’t play, or isn’t up for it."
Despite that, the interactive elements of his show always keep him on his toes. "What I love about being live is we work with Twitter a lot and we’re calling for questions all the time on Twitter," he says. "When the guest is tanking, people on Twitter will turn on the guest immediately. And then someone in my ear will say, 'Everyone is hating this person' and I’m like, 'Oh, great.'"