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Andy Cohen Shares His Secret for Preparing for Reunions and It’s *Quite* Interesting
The WWHL host has a trick for how he’s always reunion ready.
As it turns out, Andy Cohen is always reunion ready. Andy hosts many, many reunions throughout the year for shows across Bravo, which of course means he’s there front and center to ask the hard questions during the Real Housewives reunions. And in case you were wondering how he does it, he revealed his secret to hosting all those reunions in a recent interview.
“I think that everything I do is ramping up for those reunions, because I have the guests on Watch What Happens Live through the season and I listen to what the fans are saying. And I’m watching cuts of the shows,” he explained in an interview with Yahoo. “And I’m hearing about it when it’s being shot. I walk in there pretty set to do what I need to do.”
Of course, Andy is never shy when it comes to opening up about what it’s like to host a reunion, and what he loves or hates about the experience, including when he recently shared how he really feels about reunion receipts. “Um, I think they’re amusing,” Andy replied during an October “Ask Andy” segment, before elaborating, “Sometimes they’re horrible, so that’s funny too. It’s like, ‘What are you proving and why? No one cares about this.’”
And yes, in case you were wondering, there is something he really doesn’t like: when the ladies need to take a break during the tapings. “I get very upset because it’s a very long day,” he shared back in 2019.
Over the years, he has also experienced many ups and downs while hosting reunions. He previously shared that he’s had “one or two [The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunions]” that have been challenging and “tough.” He also noted that the “toughest reunion I ever sat through, probably those early years of [The Real Housewives of New Jersey] where it was blood warfare,” he said during a Q&A session at the WWHL For Your Consideration Emmys event back in 2019.
Speaking of RHOA reunions, it was actually at a past RHOA reunion where Andy had a change of opinion about one of the ladies, Porsha Williams. “Going into her first reunion, there was a dialogue about whether she was going to be picked up for a second season. And she was so great at that first reunion — she had just broken up [with] Kordell [Stewart], that marriage had just fizzled, and she started preaching at that reunion and I think all the producers saw a side of her that we didn’t know existed,” Andy shared back in 2020. “I left that reunion like, ‘Oh my god, I am so sold on her.’”
He added, though, that it’s not always the case for everyone he sits down with at a reunion. “There have been certain women coming to a reunion, not really realizing that they were on the bubble, and they have either sealed the deal to stay or to go,” he said. “It has happened kind of in both directions.”
And while he’s had a front-row seat for some personal moments from Bravolebs, he has also experienced his own at reunions. In an essay for O Magazine in 2019, Andy recalled the moment he came out in front of the cameras over a decade ago, noting that “at the time, it was kind of a big deal because I hadn’t come out publicly on TV. This was way before Watch What Happens Live, and I guess I had never said it. Weirdly, that was kind of my ‘public’ coming-out.”
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