This year has been one filled with new faces for The Real Housewives franchise with two new series, The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Dallas, and new cast members for returning shows like Erika Girardi, Kim Fields, and Julianne "Jules" Wainstein.
Many women don't have much experience with being in the spotlight when they join The Real Housewives, but luckily they have Andy Cohen to help give them an idea of what to expect. Well, sort of. "You know what, there's almost no prepping [new Real Housewives cast members], because they're literally thrown from obscurity into the national spotlight," Andy said during a recent interview with Aol.com.
However, he did have one bit of advice that even he admits is a bit "impossible" to follow. "I saw the Potomac Housewives at a Christmas party — and they were launching about a month later — and I said, 'Listen, just stay off social media,' Andy revealed. "It's impossible to stay off social media, because you want to hear what people are saying about you and the show, but then you look and they're making fun of your appearance and saying rude things to you and judging how you treat your husband or your kids and friends. It's really difficult."
Nobody knows that more than Andy, who has experienced his fair share of Internet trolls. "I'm pretty thick-skinned at this point, so luckily I've kind of heard everything," he said. "Sometimes I will fight with people, though, and if somebody says something especially mean I'll just retweet it and let my followers eviscerate that person. Something that usually gets under my skin is when someone is just blatantly homophobic — I'll go after them. But, typically, I'm used to it."
Speaking of new 'Wives, Andy also dished on why viewers are going to love RHOD, which premiered on April 11. "If you're a Housewives fan, you'll understand the reference: It reminds me of early seasons of [The Real Housewives of] Orange County," he said. "It's about their friendships, and it's very localized. It's down-home and very Dallas."
Andy also revealed his most stressful Real Housewives reunion moments during the chat, which include getting pushed by Teresa Giudice during Season 2 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore going at it in Season 6 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and The Real Housewives of New York City Season 4 reunion. "But I'm kind of immune to it, now, if you really want to know the truth," he said.
Will the upcoming Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 6 reunion be just as stressful for the host? This sneak peek should answer that question.