We're careening towards the end of summer, and I'm pretty bummed out about that. As deal with Earl to hitting our shores, catch up on Tom's Top Chef blog to find out the reason behind last night's surprising elimination, and bide our time before Monday night's intense (and surprising - I promise) Jersey Reunion conclusion, I think it's time for me to look back at some of my most fun moments of the 2010 summer.
I won't ever forget the beginning of the summer, and throwing out the first pitch at the Cardinals game. Here I am playing a little pre-game one-handed up-in-the-air catch with myself and seemingly really having fun!
Is it wrong that I ENJOYED taping the Real Housewives of NYC reunion? I might've been the only one, but I found the whole thing fairly entertaining and I am amazed that we got three parts out of the show. I was so worried that people would be too upset that Jill and Bethenny were not friends this season, but that dispute provided an interesting backdrop for the season, and I thought their dialogue at the reunion was heartfelt.
We had a great summer on Watch What Happens Live and one of the highlights was having Jerry Seinfeld in the Bravo Clubhouse. I am so grateful that he did the show. His web extra, where we play "Who Wants to Be a Seinfeld-aire" using all real Millionaire questions about Seinfeld, remains one of my favorites! (Watch it HERE.)
I love that we really started having an audience this summer on Watch What Happens Live, What sounds on TV like at least 50 people is actually 15 people (on a crowded night), and here's a little glimpse of part of our wee crowd the night Kelly Ripa guested. We give our audience cocktails, and this group included Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka, and behind him my old pals Jeanne Messing, Fred Walsh, and Tom Reko. If you look at the moniter on the right, you can see me taking the picture.
I was the Celeb Grand Marshall of Houston's Gay Pride in June, and I met lots of amazing people in my quick visit to one of the friendliest towns I've visited. Here's a dad with his son and friends; they were so nice and I loved the dad's committment to his sweet son (in the blue hat, who may or may not be named Andy - I forgot).
The great thing about the Hamptons is that not much actually changes... Yes my Buddah was stolen, no I never got it back, and yes I still can't believe it. Other than that, the light is amazing, the waves are brilliant, it is a place I can nap, and the Perskys will always host amazing lunches and dinners in Shelter Island. Here are Bill and Joanna welcoming us with food on their dock.
My quick visit to Nebagamon, my camp alma-mater, was such an unexpected and heartwarming one that I am still thinking about it. Here I am with A-Co, the 16 year old Nebagamon camper named Andy Cohen who also is from St. Louis. (what are the chances?)
The Jersey Reunion has been making lots of news, and here's a shot from part 2 where Danielle is explaining her hair system to me. I (seriously) never knew how complicated hair extensions could be!
I went to Tahiti to chill it out and decompress from all the madness. I swam with sharks, didn't check my blackberry one time, and got deeply into paddle boarding. Who knows if I'll ever do it again, but it was fun for 10 days!
When I returned, the miracle of miracles happened in Los Angeles. We won an Emmy for Top Chef. (You're sick of me talking about this so I will stop.) Suffice to say that I'm thinking of keeping mine right in the spot where my Buddah was stolen. Would someone steal something as sacred as an Emmy???
Have a great last gasp of summer, everybody!
Love ya Andy! Thanks for the Housewives' madness...they make me feel sane! Your looking great--who knew what was under that suit? You and Jeff oughta get together...you'd make a cute couple!
Andy - we're never sick of you talking about the Emmy. I love Amazing Race but seriously Top Chef has rocked from Day 1, Season 1. I've been so enlightened about the food business. I feel that the show has done a huge service to the industry.
Need to find new buddha. No, you can't leave the Emmy there. And, yes, you look hawt on the paddleboard.
Andy, Congrats on an awesome summer and the Emmy!! I am desperately seeking your help with a guest appearance for a fundraiser from the Housewives of New Jersey in NYC. Trust me, I think you'll love the idea!!! I know you responding may be a long shot, but one can dream...
Love your reminiscing Jerry Seinfeld was so funny on WWHL will he back this season? ohh WWHL has a season!!! Is this your first Emmy? It looks great on your deck and you look awesome on the paddle board! and again thanks for getting rid of Danielle and Teresa wants more money, then get rid of her!
I love Bravo, its like my go to channel, will you ever show past Project Runway? I Hope Work of Art comes back, thanks for the great entertainment and you so totally deserve the Emmy!
Andy, sad to say people these days will steal anything so keep the Emmy locked up or hire a very big dog to guard it!And where did you get that glorious body....you must work hard to look that good!
Please get rid of that stupid show, Housewives of New Jersey. We started watching this show, because it was so stupid that it was funny. But, as time moved on, the show became a show about a bunch of ladies that act so dumb, that it is not funny anymore. These are women who live in another world, act like bully's & cuss like sailors. I could find that in any lowlife bar any day. Teresa should be in jail for her overspending & handed the bill to the taxpayers by filing bankruptcy. Jaqcueline is just an idiot by lead around by Caroline. Last but not least Caroline, what a self-righteous woman & such a big bully. She needs to get off her self-righteous kick & get realistic. Nobody thinks that you are so righteous & after that last meeting with Danielle, she lost her composure & showed her true colors. She turned out to be the biggest idiot of all. The best thing I could say about these ladies is that they all act like White Trash & that includes Danielle. Please take this show off Bravo & give us something to be proud. Thanks
Andy, I love, love, love you! Bravo has rapidly taken the #1 spot on my "must have" list!!! Keep up the incred work, congrats on the emmy win and have a spectacular fall! P.S. You have amazing abs!
Andy....you are looking so good on that paddle board!! Glad you enjoyed your summer, you really deserved it! You do a fantastic job on Bravo TV....keep up the good work and I'll be watching you..
1st - Andy, WOW!!! look at u all buff in Tahiti. Who knew that that is what was underneath your suit? You are adoreable. Love the show and I find it hilarious at times. It's funny to watch you try and hide your real opinion on some of your guest. You do a great job keeping it together. If Bravo is looking to replace ( or add ) anyone to NJ Housewives, I'm your woman. And you can tell Danielle I said WOMAN!
Hello Andy, first I'd like to say I love the work that you're doing on Housewives. Second, I've noticed that Bravo is showing trailers for the Atlanta Housewives. There are new cast members and one of my favorites is missing. Where is Lisa? Did I miss something? Denise :)
I adore you , Andy! I think of you as a son! I am an addicted Housewives Viewer-but having you as the producer and with your own show-makes it even better!!!
Thanks for making everything sospecial, and Congrats on TOP CHEF!!!! Karen
That's a great recap Andy. Thanks for sharing your pics and a little glimpse of your life. The Real Housewives of New York Reunion Show was a definite highlight of my summer as well! Yay! Viva la gays!
Its been a great summer. Great pic of you on the board you look like you are really enjoying yourself. The Jersey reunion. WOW.
Can't believe no one has commented on the pic of you in Thahiti!!! Hot hot bod Andy!!! So many of us pathetic women out here swooning over you - oh well! They say all the best men are married or gay right! Love u!! Can't wait til WWHL is back!!! Hope u enjoy what's left of your summer.
Andy, you are a doll. I just love ya. Thank you for all the reunion shows. They are kinda my favorite. It's good closure for the season. Kinda wraps everything up. I love your boldness with the questions.
Hi Andy! I love the all the REal Housewives show...how do I send email questions to you specially for the Reunion shows of the Housewives? Thanks, Andy!
Geez Andy! You look really hot on that board! Hope you had a great time - you need to teach me how to not check the Blackberry. LOL I am on vacation now and brought work with me!!!!!!!!!!!! ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Much Love, Verna
Hi Andy, could you tell me if the House wives of Orange County are going to come back? that was my Favorite of all the House wives shows, but I watch them all. Sure hope OC wives come back. waiting to hear.
Boy I thought you looked fab in that white suit... just do WWHL on a paddle board! Congratulations on the emmy, and on D not coming back.
Throwing out the first pitch, that's my dream! You lucky dog.
I am a huge fan of all of your shows.... To be a true "St. Louisian.." i need to ask you "What high school did you go to"? Someone told me you went to Ladue? I was just wondering.. I am class of 82'. Just a fan.. who just wants to brag if you did go to my high school! Anne
Hi, Andy. I think that you should really consider doing a Real Housewives of Rhode Island. Talk about drama constantly in the making. I mean, consider that Providence has re-elected a mayor (Buddy Cianci) in the past who went to prison for stabbing someone in the eye. He got out and was re-elected. And today, you can still talk to people who would re-elect him again. RI has been voted as the most neurotic state in the country, as well as the worst drivers. While it is the smallest state in the union, you will find big-state drama every day there. People would be enthralled by what goes on there.
Hey Andy, I love watching the real house wifes, wish they would make one with guys that would be great to watch maybe be one of the case members.
Andy, I hope you get this message. I loved the looks you and Caroline gave to each other when Danielle went over to Teresa and gave her a hug. That had to be the funniest moment ever on a reunion show. WOW!
Andy, I just saw the reunion show of the Real housewives of nj and danielle came out looking better than any one of the other Housewives.Danielle is surely no Saint, but teresa is really the worst of the bunch.She can't control her anger, and she has the foulest mouth of all of them.What a disgrace.And she lies about her financial situation and she's been showing her true colors on the reunion shows.I didn't like any of them until Jacqueline said what she said to danielle and tried to make peace.It's nice to see Jacqueline think for herself again.And i wasn't fond of Carolines attitude tonight either.I think I might be done with them.The only ones I like are RHONYC...and this was not a happy show at all and you seemed uncomfortable with these crazy ladies.And it's true, it was three against one and that isn't fair.Good night Andy....you need the rest!
~WOW..WHO KNEW WHAT WAS UNDERNEATH ALL THOSE FANCY SUITS...A SIX-PACK TO GO WITH THAT SEXY SMILE~
~WHY IS IT THAT..THE OLDER WE GET..THE TIME GOES BY MUCH FASTER????~
~LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW SEASON OF YOUR SHOW~
Hello Andy, I love your show and enjoyed the show tonight . But I agree with tna one of your fans that the show will never be the same with out Danille. I and my friends will not watch. Sher
Congrats this year on the much deserved Emmy. You should have a few more. Suggestions: Houswives of Carmel or Santa Barbara? PS You Make Me Smile ;0 Suggestions Housewives of San Francisco & Dallas
Love ya Andy...great Job as always....confused about Danielle (Drama Queen) so she did get fired? She did not quit on her own? Please spill the beans...
Andy, I just finished watching the reunion show part two. First I want to thank you and Bravo for not having Danielle back. I gained alot of respect for Bravo. Second I want to say that your questions were so right on. You always ask good questions, both here and on WWHL, but these questions were pointed. I can't wait for your show to start! I wish it was an hour. Love you, you cutie.
Andy, once again I ask, "Ben Weiner, where art thou?". I am looking forward to seeing the new Watch What Happens Now. I hope you pulled all the strings to either try to get Ben on the phone or have him come into the studio. I loved his phone calls. By the way, your double takes in the 2nd installment of the New Jersey reunion were funny as h*ll. I suggest next time you wear a black and white striped shirt when you host the reunion. I believe that would be more appropriate. Looking forward to all the fall programing.
It is so sad to see Danielle Staub go. I am sure that you have your own reasons, but it was very painful for me to see that you never supported Danielle on the reunion part one and two. Can you see that this woman is not bad and she was attacked from the first moment she came on the show.
My personal opinion is that you should cancel the show from New Jersey.
I don't question your actions. Danielle is gong to be missed a lot.
Andy what is wrong with you and the network. You should all be ashamed for allowing Danille to be mistreated and verbally abused. I for one will not be watching anything on Bravo. The station and the network needs wake up. Try accepting and embracing that it is ok to be different. Prejudice network,and prejudice shows, one show with African Americans does not = diversity.
Andy, have you ever thought of doing The Real Housewives of the Bronx? It would be crazy! - and different ! There are alot of wealthy women in some areas there and they THINK AND ACT like they're from all the areas you do LOVE YOU AND ALL THE HOUSEWIVES!
Wow, Andy.....that's quite the sexy bod you have! How the heck was Teresa able to knock you down!?
Love watching Watch What Happens Live....and sorry to hear about your Buddah. That has got to be some bad karma for the person who stole it!
OMG.. rIt's like I just had a Jacquelinesque epiphany about why I am so pro-Andy!
You're from St. Louis! Like me! Where did you go to high school?
Andy - Are the RHONJ not going to blog after the last reunion show? I am dying to know what they are thinking after part II. Please tell them to blog!
Thanks! Love you MUCHO!!!! Margaret
Speak for yourself. I think alot of people stopped watching. NJHW because of Danielle. And NYHW because of Kelly.
You do a GREAT job of hosting the housewives. Watching your facial expressions during the RHONJ reunion was just as good as the anticipated reactions of the ladies to one another. GREAT SEASON!
LOVE you Andy! My family and I enjoy watching each of your shows. They're great entertainment that continues with discussions for days!