Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen recently released his second book, ‘The Andy Cohen Diaries.’ It’s been a good read and I’ve been posting some juciy excerpts from the book that are housewives related of course! In one excerpt, Andy opens up about his feelings on last season’s RHOBH reunion and Joyce and Carlton’s first and only season.
Dated on Friday, February 7, 2014, Andy says, “Ugh! I woke up at six forty-five this morning and opened the shades to discover what looked like the apocalpyse, but turned out to be a smoggy morning in LA. The end-of-days visual seemed an apt metaphor for what I was facing: the RHOBH reunion. I suspected it was going to be long and brutal and it was. Two of the housewives refused to sit next to Carlton because they believed she had put spells on them, or that somehow he would put a spell on them. So there was last-minute seat juggling. They’d all watched the last five episodes (which haven’t aired yet) yesterday, so they were lathered up, especially Lisa, who gets a little ganged up on in the finale. She apparently watched them with Tyler Perry-TV watching a deux I really would have liked to witness.
I went into the day with the hunch that this was going to be the first and last reunion for Joyce and Carlton, and I didn’t get the sense that they had the same idea. Actually, I am pretty sure Carlton does know and I feel bad for her-we only showed her as a sex-starved Wiccan. In retrospect we could’ve fleshed out more aspects of her life. Joyce was a river of words and was bugging the shit out of Yolanda; as the two of them were going at it my mind turned the corner into morphing this into some kind of alternate universe version of the Housewives: “Joyce, you are no longer a Housewife. Please leave the reunion.”
After about secon hours I tried to wrap it up and go into full conflict resolution with Lisa and Brandi, and Lisa and Kyle. (“What one thing do you want Lisa to own right now, Kyle? Can you do that, Lisa?”) I don’t know if it worked but I was trying to make it all better as I saw genuine tears in Brandi’s and Kyle’s eyes and hurt in Lisa’s. During a break near the end, Lisa asked me what I thought of the day and I said, “It is clear these girls love you,” but she intimated they were only acting that way because they thought they came off badly in the finale. One of the issues here is that in every city, some of the women are simultaneously living their real lives and playing to the audience’s perception of them, and that always winds up biting them in the ass. It’s worse in this franchise than anywhere else, maybe because it’s an industry town.”
Wow! It’s really interesting to watch Andy’s take on how he felt at these moments. Thoughts on what Andy had to say?