Andy Cohen is the king of candid late-night chats thanks to Watch What Happens Live. And over its five-year run, he has welcomed a slew of A-listers, including Meryl Streep, Cher, Oprah, Lady Gaga and, of course, fellow Bravolebrities.
But there are a few guests who Cohen still hopes to have join him on the show. And one happens to be the First Lady of the United States.
Any shot of it happening? "She and I spoke about it, and she said, 'I think that's a thing we could do later in Barack's second term,'" Andy tells the new issue of Hollywood Reporter. "I loved that answer because what that said to me is, when she comes, she's going to go for it."
And what would be on his agenda of things to discuss? Andy wants one thing from the FLOTUS when she stops by the Clubhouse. "I'd just like to see her drinking something other than water, frankly."
Over the years, Andy has served countless OMG moments. But there's one in particular he might want to forget.
"I remember we had [Today co-host] Willie Geist booked on the same night when we had this woman who was jokingly referred to on the Orange County Housewives as Jesus Barbie, Alexis Bellino, and it was the night that Obama announced at like 10:50 p.m. that Osama bin Laden had been taken out.
"I sent Willie Geist home because I knew as a serious newsman he couldn't come on my show. It wasn't appropriate. I decided at the beginning of the episode that I have a responsibility to tell people what's going on even if it was weird coming from me," he said of the episode. "We'd had 2 million people who were just watching the 'Housewives,' and they hadn't changed the channel yet and they didn't know. I get the minute-by-minute [ratings] of our show, and I knew what was going to happen: We started the show with 1 million viewers, and then as soon as I made the announcement it was like, boom, they all changed the channel."
Regardless of what happens night by night, Andy just wants to have fun.
"I'm a cross between an enthusiast and a sh---stirrer. I have a deep love of pop culture and an excitement about it that I hope comes through...When people come on our show, they feel looser, and we wind up going places that maybe they wouldn't go elsewhere.
For more of Andy's candid chat about hosting WWHL, pick up a copy of this week's Hollywood Reporter.
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