I can’t think of anyone else but Andy Cohen hosting the real housewives reunions. Apparently the ‘King of midnight fun’ wasn’t exactly a shoo-in and it was only due to a lack of options that he was chosen.
Speaking out during L.A. Live Talks on his career and how he went from behind the camera to the ultimate Bravolebrity:
“I wanted to be on TV. I originally wanted to be on TV and be able to be myself on TV. I didn’t know what incarnation that would be. I thought that would be on a morning show because it seemed so diverse. I did major in broadcast journalism and worked at CBS News for 10 years.”
“When I started my time at CBS News, I kinda gave up on being in front of the camera. It was only 16 years into my TV career that through a wild series of events I ended up in front of the camera.”
As for how he became the host of the infamous housewives reunions?
“My boss had me already writing a blog on BravoTV.com and hosting this web show calling ‘Watch What Happens’ and we needed someone to do a ‘Housewives’ reunion and she said, ‘would you want to do it,’ and I said ‘absolutely.’”right,”
“My boss had me already writing a blog on BravoTV.com and hosting this web show calling ‘Watch What Happens’ and we needed someone to do a ‘Housewives’ reunion and she said, ‘would you want to do it,’ and I said ‘absolutely.’”
Andy revealed that he actually told the network not to pay him for the gig as he knew this is what he wanted to do. Smart man – knowing that he would do this for free, the network didn’t really have any incentive to find a replacement for the hosting gig:
“I took as little money from them as possible for as long as I could, and I just thought if I am ever worth something to these guys, at the time I’m worth something, that is the point I ask for what I’m worth. And I did.”
Obviously the network found him valuable and the rest is history!