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Andy Cohen Is Having None of the Dad-Shaming for Taking His Newborn on a Plane

"You don't think I checked with three f--king pediatricians before?" he says.

By Marianne Garvey
Andy Cohen, Benjamin Allen Cohen

Andy Cohen talked fatherhood in depth on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM Satellite show, saying he’s up to his ears in poop (yes, he's changing diapers) and noting he has already been dad-shamed.

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The WWHL host’s surrogate gave birth in Los Angeles, so obviously Andy had to get his newborn, Benjamin Allen Cohen, home to New York. He shared a happy selfie with his boy on a private flight back, only to get dad-shamed for taking a newborn on a plane. (Some experts say the pressure messes with a baby’s ear canals.)

But Andy’s got an answer for the haters: “You don’t think I checked with three f---king pediatricians before? … And I flew with a baby nurse,” he told Howard. OK?

As for how he’s adjusting to fatherhood, he said the following:

He feeds his baby himself for the most part. “I wake up, I’m feeding my baby," Andy said (which he does while listening to Howard Stern, of course.)

His dating life is pretty much over (for now.) “I have just  become so much less desirable, I’m actually kind of shocked that anyone wants to date me at this point. I have a newborn, I mean, I am not hot,” he said.

He joked that he thought he was “promoting” his baby with that People magazine cover, but ultimately realized he had a great story to tell. “I went right from the hospital to a photo shoot,” he joked. “Does it look like I’m promoting my baby? … [Friends] said ‘It’s good for the gays, you’re the top gay… this is an unconventional thing you did, having a baby on your own.’ This is a positive way to tell my story,” he said.

What else did Andy reveal about fatherhood?

Andy took just 13 days paternity leave. “I took two weeks off,” he said, then it was back to the show.

He has one staffer for the baby. “I have a baby nurse,” he said. “I have a baby nurse, but she’s teaching me everything. Remember I get home from work at 12:30… so it kind of works.”

Has he smoked weed since the baby? Nope. “No… not since the baby… I don’t feel comfortable… It’s not the time for that,” he said.

Also, ICYWW, little Benjamin is circumcised. “He’s circumcised, I did it. I have a gorgeous circumcised penis and I wanted him to have the same.”

John Mayer is not the godfather. Andy's BFF Bruce Bozzi is.

Annnnnd, we’re only five minutes in. Stay tuned.

Credit: Andy Cohen/Instagram

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