Andy Cohen is setting the record straight on his recent comments about the Real Housewives of Atlanta season 10 reunion which didn’t go over well with fans AT ALL.
During an appearance on The Jenny McCarthy Show, Andy confessed that he felt Kim Zolciak was ganged up on during the season 10 reunion.
“Atlanta this season, I had a really rough time with the last chunk of that when Kim was on because it got very… I hate a five against one situation,” Andy revealed. “It is a gang up and the problem is that Kim was not … It’s less problematic when the person is good at taking up for themselves and Kim was not having an easy time with her words … No one was listening to me and I really did not have control of the room and I wish that I had walked off.”
This statement didn’t sit well with fans who felt Andy was making Kim out to be the victim when she clearly wasn’t.
Andy decided to clarify his comments when he stopped by The Breakfast Club; confessing that he previously “misspoke.”
“I should not have said that she was ganged up on,” Andy explained. “I was frustrated by the tenor of the reunion and what I was most frustrated in was myself and that’s what I was trying to say. Kim was not a victim in this. They were trying to hold her accountable and she was piss poor at taking any accountability for anything. The conversation was going around in a circle. When I said I wanted to walk off, it was because I lost control of the room.”
“I lost control of the room and it was not a gang up,” Andy added, retracting he previous claims about the reunion.
Andy goes on to admit that it was hard to watch Kim deny things that were caught on tape and aired during the season.
Not surprisingly, Andy was also forced to discuss Kim’s claim that racism “wasn’t all that real” which she later apologized for on Instagram.
During the last RHOA Reunion episode, I made a comment that confused and offended people. I sincerely apologize. Edited out of context, I understand why my remark angered people. Racism is a sad reality in the United States. It has been prevalent throughout our country’s history. Let me be very clear, I do NOT support, tolerate or put up with any form of racism, hate or other discrimination. My love for ALL people runs deep – I am open to all and always have been. I was heartbroken when I watched the last few minutes of the episode and saw how my words were taken out of context. My comment that seemingly “racism didn’t exist 10 years ago” was made as part of a larger, emotional 45-minute conversation about how, sadly, social media has become a hub for hate. Immediately following my confusing comment, I also said that “it’s not as real as it is now” referring to the power of social media. But those remarks didn’t make the show. I believe that social media has made a centuries-old issue more real. Before social media, the public simply observed the news. Now, the public actively participates and has an opportunity to take action – in real time. But this is a double edged sword. Now, when false accusations are made, they are amplified by online platforms regardless of their merit. This wasn’t the case 10 years ago when I started on RHOA. I truly pray that the people wishing horrible things on others, and on me, channel that energy into something positive. Our world would be a much better place if you do. I am committed to making this world a better place to live. I will continue to learn from, and be open to, ALL people.
“I think [Kim] has a hard time seeing the nuance in her words, which has happened by the way, for 10 years on the show,” Andy explained. “We showed clips of her referring to things in early seasons that the women were pissed about that had overtones. I know that she has a real friendship with Sheree. I know she had a real friendship with Kandi and I’m interested in what the two of them really feel about where she stands.”
“She did not express herself well and what I think that she was saying is that in an era of social media, something that you say can be blown up and made bigger. That’s what I think she meant,” he wrapped.
I’m glad Andy clarified his previous comments about Kim and the reunion. Kim wasn’t ganged up on at the reunion and wasn’t the victim. I mean I don’t remember Andy feeling bad for Teresa Giudice when she was ganged up on at several reunions or Vicki Gunvalson or Jill Zarin for that matter. Sometimes Housewives are on the outs it happens and I for one think Kim is the last Housewife Andy should be feeling sorry for especially in Atlanta.
Thoughts on Andy’s clarified statements? Do you think Kim was ganged up on at the reunion? Are you glad Andy made it clear Kim wasn’t a victim? Does Kim have problems expressing herself correctly? Sound off below!
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