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Andy Cohen Reveals Real Housewives Casting Tape Secrets

The WWHL host is breaking down some of the more memorable Real Housewives casting tape moments.

By Jocelyn Vena

Andy Cohen has, on occasion over the years, revealed tidbits about the casting tapes of the Real Housewives. He spilled the secrets of RHOBH's Sutton Stracke's tape on an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last year. Some casting tapes have even been unveiled here and there. Fans will recall Andy once surprised RHONY alum Bethenny Frankel with her tape several years back. 

And, now, on an episode of his E! limited series, For Real: The Story of Reality TV, three more Housewives were treated to a viewing party of their casting tapes, as were fans. When Andy sat down with RHONJ's Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo as well as RHOBH's Kyle Richards for the series, he surprised them with their casting tapes, and, as you might imagine, that experience left them with feelings.

He recently recalled that trip down memory lane in an exclusive interview with Bravo Insider.

"Well, we just thought it would be fun to surprise them. I mean, we were looking for every way possible to show [stuff no one has seen on the series]. Viewers know so much about these shows and they've seen so much, so our goal was not to retell stories they've already heard, but just to move the needle and show things they've never seen or hear stories from producers or the Housewives or people on other reality shows that were new that made people lean in and learn things that they didn't know," he said.

Andy revealed when speaking to Bravo Insider what it was about these particular tapes that stood out from the crowd: "Gosh, they were all unique people with unique stories to tell. And unique perspectives and unique points of view."

Fans recently learned that truth for themselves. The For Real episode recently aired as a special preview on Bravo, and Teresa's original casting tape was shared to the Bravo Instagram account as a teaser for the episode.

So, what traits make someone the perfect candidate to appear on reality TV? Well, Andy explained to Bravo Insider the requirements. "They all [want] to be famous. They're very opinionated," he said. "They're not afraid; they're not shy. They're outgoing. Many of them are very funny but don't even realize how funny they are. And often, you know, through all those things, there's some sort of relatability about them that keeps you watching."

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