May 26th, 2012
11:00 AM ET

Andy Cohen, Bravo's reality king

It was hard to hear what Andy Cohen was saying outside a Bethesda, Maryland restaurant.

All anyone could hear is shrieking and yelling by his fans who waited for hours for a chance to meet the Bravo TV executive and host of that network's "Watch What Happens Live" talk show. It was a big reception for a man who was a news producer behind the camera for so long.

In an interview with CNN’s “Reliable Sources" host Howard Kurtz, Cohen talks about his experience covering hard news, long before filming “Real Housewives” and “Top Chef.”

“I viewed it as an imposition to my life,” Cohen said. “Every time my beeper when off, I was just like ‘What? Where am I going? What’s going to happen to me?’”

Not something you’d expect to hear from the TV industry veteran. After producing for 10 years with CBS News, Cohen was the executive producer at TRIO, a pop culture channel, before becoming an executive vice president at Bravo.

Less than three years ago, after years of producing Emmy winning shows on the network, he took to the air in front of the camera with a weekly late night talk show based on his web show “Watch What Happens Live.” Now that show airs five nights a week. In a behind the scenes tour with Andy before his show, he shared some of the stories behind the knick knacks in the clubhouse—including a bookmark signed by his favorite CNN anchor, Candy Crowley.

According to Cohen, the transition from being a producer to talent is not so hard. “It was relatively easy,” he said standing behind the bar on his set. “I had been producing TV for 18 years before I went in front of the camera. So I had given enough direction to people that now I can take my own direction.”

Cohen is a busy man. This week alone he took shots with Dan Rather and John Mayer with a shotski (a gift from Jimmy Fallon and his wife), found out Jerry Seinfeld’s least favorite episode of “Seinfeld,” and gave Beth Ditto an edible arrangement of corn dogs.

Cohen shares more of the crazy adventures of his life in his recently released memoir "Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture." The book includes lots of slices from pictures of a younger Andy with long hair to his most embarrassing moments, to his admiration of Susan Lucci and Oprah.

“I’m the butt of all my jokes,” he earnestly explained to Kurtz. “I think that it’s more fun to talk about your failures than your successes because you can learn from your failures, and also you can laugh at them.”

Watch Andy’s full interview this Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” at 11 a.m.

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  4. maria

    Andy will you please stop using those tacky ,brown dress shoes? it takes all the elegance of your nice suits...really they are tacky ......

    May 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill

    I had idea that so much horrible TV could come from one person.

    May 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marsha

    Andy Cohen it a total A/hole.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
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    also eat p00p.

    May 27, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. all of you.....

    are stoooopid!

    May 27, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Central Scrutinizer

    @truth decay: and we're all bored with lame comments like that. more originality please.

    May 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. truth decay

    yet, you read the article, probably watched the video & took the time to comment on someone you supposedly don't like. hello, your life is calling....& it's as bored as you are >:[-p>

    May 26, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. San Jose

    I LOVE Andy! I love all of the shows that he produces, too. I'm currently about half way through his book and it just makes me like him even more. 🙂

    May 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      And you watching those dumbs shows you are making him more richer and the shows wannbees/ ghetto people getting richer maybe millionaires! keep the good work keep watching those stupid shows......

      May 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Haz Matt

    He's the a$$wipe responsible for "Real Housewives"? That alone negates all his other accomplishments. Time to retire quietly and shut up.

    May 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. stu

    The king of putting the most crap on tv!

    May 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TK2

    More like king of a$5 wipe.

    May 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |

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