2016 has been the year of new housewives, as Bravo launched two new franchises; The Real Housewives of Dallas, and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Not only that, but Erika Girardi, Kathryn Edwards, Kim Fields, and Jules Wainstein gained fame and joined existing The Real Housewives franchises.
It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be thrown into fame when you are just a “normal” wife and mother, and no one knows that better but the show’s creator Andy Cohen. Andy spoke to Aol.com and revealed his best advice for new housewives, and unfortunately for the ladies it’s not easy to follow!
He started off by stating the obvious, “You know what, there’s almost no prepping [new Real Housewives cast members], because they’re literally thrown from obscurity into the national spotlight.”
Andy went on to share what he told a brand some of the brand new wives this year, “I saw the Potomac Housewives at a Christmas party — and they were launching about a month later — and I said, ‘Listen, just stay off social media,’ Andy revealed. “It’s impossible to stay off social media, because you want to hear what people are saying about you and the show, but then you look and they’re making fun of your appearance and saying rude things to you and judging how you treat your husband or your kids and friends. It’s really difficult.”
The Potomac wives clearly weren’t able to listen to Andy, as they talked about their social media scrutiny at the reunion. Besides the hate the ladies got on their outdated kitchens, Charrisse revealed on Watch What Happens Live that she received a lot of negative backlash about her looks; While Karen shared that fans were constantly criticizing her mole. Charrisse was hurt by the comments and stepped up her appearance for tapings at the end of the season, but Karen could care less. She revealed at the reunion that her mole made her fabulous and it wasn’t going anywhere!
Andy himself is no stranger to hate on social media, but he tries to not let it get to him! “I’m pretty thick-skinned at this point, so luckily I’ve kind of heard everything,” he said. “Sometimes I will fight with people, though, and if somebody says something especially mean I’ll just retweet it and let my followers eviscerate that person. Something that usually gets under my skin is when someone is just blatantly homophobic — I’ll go after them. But, typically, I’m used to it.“
Of course, Andy had to dish on Bravo’s newest show, The Real Housewives of Dallas. While Bravo says that fans loved the show, we’re getting a bit of a different vibe. Andy thinks RHOD will be a hit and he elaborated on why, “If you’re a Housewives fan, you’ll understand the reference: It reminds me of early seasons of The Real Housewives of] Orange County. It’s about their friendships, and it’s very localized. It’s down-home and very Dallas.”
Lastly, Andy gave the scoop on the most stressful reunion moments and no surprise it was The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 2 when Teresa shoved him. Also traumatic was The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion where Kenya and Porsha got into a physical fight, and The Real Housewives of New York season 4, however he didn’t go into details on that one. Andy doesn’t let much get to him however, “But I’m kind of immune to it, now, if you really want to know the truth.”