Cast Blog: #WWHL

Weathering the Storm

‘Tis the End of the Eighth Season

Ask, Believe, Receive A Kiss From Andy

Wish Upon a Giggy

Giving Thanks to WWHL

Blue Cheese and Blunders

Pranks for the Memories

The Devil's Contraption

Jill Zarin Gets Fiesty on 'WWHL'

A Researcher's Dream!

To 300 More!

Watch What Happens Fire!

We're Back and Full of Surprises!

'Gossip Girl' Star Makes a Cameo on 'Watch What Happens Live'

The Weirder the Pair, The Better!

The Queen of Puns

Here Since the Beginning

The Housewife Wannabe

Bedazzled Legs, Anyone?

...And Nordstrom!

Why We Like Mike

When a Ginger Man Loves a Woman

The Locomotion!

The Body Roll

Take This Lollipop

Normal Office Conversation

From the Sky

Things I Need to Tell You

Happy Summer!

Andy's Career Advice

My Book!

How Did This Happen?

A Bravolebrity Bonanza

Viewer Mail: Andy Pleads the Fifth on Martha Stewart

Back from Vacation!

Pancakes!

Wednesday Morning

R.I.P.

Getting Myself in Gear

Viewer Mail: Andy's Most Difficult Guest

Viewer Mail: What's Andy's Freak Number?

Weathering the Storm

WWHL's Research Associate Producer reflects on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Hey again, y’all! It’s Christie, Research Associate Producer, Interactive AP, and fellow Bravo-fanatic! What a crazy couple of weeks it’s been. Hurricane Sandy surprised us all with her franken-strength, leaving many of us without power for 5-6 days and the Clubhouse in the dark. Still, we were very lucky compared to many others whose towns and homes were devastated. Sadly, I’m not sure the pictures on the news are really even capturing the extent of the damage. The victims of Hurricane Sandy have been on the Watch What Happens Live team’s mind since the storm hit. Just a reminder to take a moment and Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

My apartment lost power Monday night, and the Clubhouse lost it shortly after. Being cold in a very dark Manhattan is not anything I ever want to experience again. When I went to bed on Monday I thought, “no big deal, it will be on by morning.” Being from the South I’m used to the power going out during bad storms or hurricane-like conditions. The next morning, though, there was still no power. The streets were completely quiet with tree limbs and trash scattered about. One of the deli owners on my block pulled his car up to his storefront to light the place and serve stale rolls and bitter coffee. No one could find cell service to let their families and friends know they were OK, but still, we were lucky to be safe in our homes with little to no damage. Tuesday we cancelled our show.

Wednesday when we woke up, we were unsure if we would even have a show (the Clubhouse was still without power), or be able to get an audience. But WWHL’s staff and fans are fearless and devoted. We had a huge audience show up in good spirits and in costume no less, for our Halloween show! When I saw them all standing outside the studio waiting to get in, it gave me chills. It made me feel like our show was serving a purpose. We entertained some stranded New Yorkers, while getting the word out about helping those who were affected more severely by the storm. Every single caller we spoke with that night thanked us for doing the show--oh, and the tweets--so many thoughtful tweets! I have never experienced anything like that. Thank you to all of those wonderful callers and tweeters for your kindness, it definitely put a little more pep in my unshowered-couch-crashing-with-a-friend-who-has-electricity-and-only-eating-nonperishable-carbohydrates-step! We were definitely the lucky ones.

Early this week we were finally back in our Clubhouse. It felt so great to be where we belong: SoHo.  On Tuesday (election day) we decided to volunteer for victims of Hurricane Sandy instead of going into the office. We headed to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with our donations of batteries, blankets, coats, and water, where we spent the day at two churches organizing and cooking. Here we all are after a long and rewarding day of volunteering:

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It was such a great team-building experience, and highly amusing to see where my co-workers shined the most. Deirdre, our executive producer, was laying down the law in the basement of one of the churches. Quickly separating essentials (like coats, hats, scarves and gloves) from non-essentials (prom dresses, crop tops, ties). Anthony (audience coordinator) and Caroline (hair and makeup) were busting a serious move in canned goods. Megan (my research partner in crime) became the Henry Ford of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, along with her assembly line of Tori (PA), Zara (segment producer) and Sarah (coordinating producer). They were completely unfazed after making over 1,000 of those bad boys.

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Poor Courtney (digital associate producer) volunteered for tuna fish draining and mixing duty. I’m not sure if she knew what she was getting into when she volunteered for that position, but she did it all with a huge smile on her face (I think that was a smile...).

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And John (writer/producer extraordinaire), well he stood outside and bossed lost-looking people around, and told them where to go. It’s the job he was born to do! I, on the other hand, can wrap a mean Christmas present, so I was in charge of sandwich wrapping/packaging. I didn’t get to participate creatively the way the other sandwich artists did, but hey, I tried to make each one special. I’m almost to ‘origami crane in foil’ status. It truly felt like we were in a Top Chef quickfire challenge, with one goal: feed as many people as possible. On top of all of that, I got to wear a fanny pack. A FANNY PACK! I’ve never seen Tom Colicchio in a fanny pack! His loss, I hear they are making a come back.

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Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, but the past two weeks have been a great reminder of how easy it is to take simple things for granted. Today, be grateful for little things you don’t think about until they are gone. I am thankful for my warm home, my Chinese takeout, my (now) working television to enjoy all of my favorite Bravo shows, and our amazing Watch What Happens Live staff and fans. Thanks for your support and concern over the past two weeks. Speaking of support: a reminder to make sure you Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief! DO IT! And if you can’t do that, donate your time and help the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Twitter: @Christie_Majors

Ask, Believe, Receive A Kiss From Andy

WWHL’s Research PA dishes on one seriously unique work week.

Hey guys! My name is Laura and I’m a Research Production Assistant here at WWHL. For the first 3 seasons on this unbeweavable show, I was the permanently glittered hands crafting the crazy fun props and prizes gifted to the guests. You name it, I’ve bedazzled it! (No but seriously: pacifier, pickle, ‘fro pick, condoms, whip, hookah, mannequin leg...the list goes on!) This past season, I closed down my crafting corner and now I have the pleasure of helping Megan, Christie, and Lindsey with research and interactive. Every night, I get to read all of your amazing questions for our guests and help make sure that Andy’s got a stellar selection on his cards. But who cares about me?! On to this crazy week of shows!

Sunday: Kim and Reza did NOT disappoint.  They served up some wig wearin’, stache sportin’, truth tellin’ realness.  Kim rocked “The Farrah” like only she can, not to be outdone by Reza’s gloriously quaffed upper lip.  I swear that man’s mustache is the 8th wonder of the world...

There’s something so refreshing about two guests truly unafraid to tell it like it is and it makes for great TV.  Reza musta had Santa on the brain ‘cause he couldn’t keep from dropping those Ho, Ho, Hos! And say what you will about Kim, but that lady just wants to be home with her hot hubby and you can’t hate a ho for that!  

Monday: Let’s be real for a second: I’m 23 and I’m not even gonna PRETEND to be ashamed that I used to drink up every drama filled minute of Laguna Beach and The Hills. So of course I was LIVING for Kristin Cavallari’s confession that it was a big pile of producer induced drama. Shocking? Eh, not really. Exhilarating for the teen in me? Abso-freaking-lutely. There’s no shame in my game, hunny!




Taylor Armstrong was on her absolute A-game and she totally wins for my favorite one liner of the week: “The only thing uglier than a drunk woman is a drunk woman’s 40-yr-old ass flying through the air!” And please let us not forget the arm wrestling. Oh my word, the arm wrestling.  

Epic.  

Tuesday: Truly, there are no words for the amazingness that was the luscious lipped Lisa Rinna and Jeff Lewis and therefore I simply gift you with this kisstacular clip:




You’re welcome. 

Wednesday: I really think that one of the things that is so unique about WWHL is our unexpected guest combos. You never know who will end up in those chairs!  So when I saw ‘Carmen Electra and Billy Ray Cyrus’ on the calendar, my achy breaky heart skipped an achy breaky beat.

When Carmen slinked into the studio I couldn’t believe how amazing she looked. Does that woman age?! She was KILLIN’ it all night long complete with sex appeal and sock bun. I admit I was bummed when Billy Ray plead the fifth on the Miley Ex-BF question. I mean really, who wasn’t hoping for a little juice on a JoBro?! But fear not! Carmen saved the day (and all the imaginary swimmers) by teaching Andy and Billy to patrol the beach, slow mo style!

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Thursday: Apparently agelessness is going around because Jane Fonda looks SPECTACULAR. She and Sandra paired up for the perfect storm of hilarity and the show ended with my favorite new holiday tradition: Secret Sandra! 

And may I just add that the legendary, Oscar winning, fitness flaunting Miss Fonda went home wearing a menorah hat? So yeah, my life is complete. 


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Love and Light ;)
Laura