Sad news for the Real Housewives of New York family!
Longtime RHONY editor Peter Gamba has died from Coronavirus complications, according to Page Six.
On Thursday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen gave Peter the “Mazel of the Day.”
Andy himself tested positive for Coronavirus and has since recovered is currently filming his late-night talk-show out of his West Village apartment.
“Yesterday we lost someone very special to the ‘Real Housewives’ and Bravo family,” Andy said on Thursday. “Editor Peter Gamba died of Coronavirus. He was 63 years old.”
During his tribute to Peter, Andy revealed that he was responsible for editing some of the most memorable moments on RHONY.
“He cut the very first episode of New York’ Housewives’ back in Season 1,” Andy explained. “He’d call people into the bay for years after to chuckle at material he found. He spent the next 12 years editing such iconic episodes and moments that included Alex and Simon arriving at the Hamptons — that always gave him a chuckle — the ‘Tell me it’s not about Tom, it’s about Tom’ episode in Miami, ‘Life is not a Cabaret,’ Luann looking up at the poster, Tinsley and Dale crying over the eggs, Luann falling into the bush.”
“He was the rock of post-production,” Andy added. “He’s going to be missed by everyone who knew him, and his sense of humor and passion for his work will forever be remembered.”
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RHONY star Sonja Morgan posted about Peter’s passing on Twitter while several other Housewives sent their condolences on WWHL’s Instagram.
“#RIP Peter. Our editor. So sad. Prayers to his family. We will miss him. #rhony @BravoTV,” Sonja tweeted.
Meanwhile, Shed Media, the production company behind RHONY, also spoke out about Peter’s passing.
RHONY executive producers Barrie Bernstein and Lisa Shannon told Bravo’s The Daily Dish that Peter was the “lifeblood” of the NYC Housewives franchise.
“There was nothing like watching a scene that he cut and made his own, putting his sense of humor into it,” Bernstein and Shannon said in a joint statement. “He loved to make people laugh, and he did it well. Peter cared — he was proud and humble. He delivered, and he left his mark. His edit bay was a refuge for anyone seeking counsel, a moment of quiet, or a much-needed escape. He had a heart of gold and was a devoted, generous person who would drop anything for a friend.”
The two also launched a GoFundMe on behalf of Peter’s family. To date, the page has raised $75k of their $90k goal.
Such a sad loss for the RHONY and all of us fans who loved Peter’s work without even knowing it. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peter’s family. Hoping that the RHONY cast, Bravo, and Andy have or are planning to donate to the GoFundMe for Peter’s family.
The Real Housewives of New York airs on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET