The series premiered in 2009 and, throughout its 10-year tenure, has attracted A-listers such as Jennifer Lopez, Meryl Streep, Mariah Carey and Oprah Winfrey into host Andy Cohen's clubhouse. The renewal concludes a pivotal year for both the series and Cohen, who welcomed a son named Benjamin via a surrogate in June.
"I keep waiting to stop having fun — or run out of guests, stories or booze; but the party rolls on and I couldn't be more excited!" the host and executive producer said in a statement.
In addition to celebrating a full decade of Watch What Happens Live in 2019, Cohen recently presided over an oversized taping of the show at the first-ever BravoCon last month in New York, for which nearly 90 Real Housewives stars and Bravo-lebrities were present. It was also announced this summer by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that the TV personality is set to receive a star on the Walk of Fame.
Aside from his Watch What Happens Live duties, Cohen continues to host other reunions and specials for Bravo. He also serves as an executive producer on the Real Housewivesfranchise, which he helped launch when he was a development executive at the NBCUniversal cable company in the early 2000s. Cohen stepped down from the executive ranks in 2013.
Earlier this year, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cohen reflected on 10 years of clubhouse success, which he credited to a "homemade" and "high-low" vibe that it is "unlike all of the shiny floor late-night shows."
"We're the only live show in late night and anything can happen, and there's an authenticity to the experience of being in this little 30-seat clubhouse that conveys onscreen and into peoples' homes," Cohen said at the time. "There's a connection that people have to that experience that is unlike the other shows."
Prior to joining Bravo in 2004, Cohen spent a decade working at CBS News, where he produced The Early Show, CBS This Morningand 48 Hours.
Having recovered from a coronavirus diagnosis, the Bravo host is taking things atypically slow while working from home, rethinking 'Real Housewives' reunions and finally watching 'Game of Thrones.'
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Andy Cohen had just figured out how to resume his Bravo talk show, Watch What Happens Live, from his Manhattan home when he announced he tested positive for coronavirus on March 20. The father-of-one has since made a full recovery, returning to both the TV gig and daily SiriusXM radio show -- though he now does so from his home office. That's also where he spoke to THR about getting his news from pal Anderson Cooper and how he's trying to pivot seasons of two Real Housewives franchises on which he serves as executive producer now that normal production is impossible. Let's start easy: how are you?
I'm doing well. On the mend. I've mended. When I got my results back, one of my best friends who lives a block away was about a week into his own diagnosis and really going through it. I just kind of modeled what I needed to do after what he was doing. I didn't panic. I took it one day at a time.
Now that you're doing the radio show and Watch What Happens Live from your house, how have you recalibrated?
I'm really focused on staying in my lane, understanding that there are people who want to be in that lane right now. I'm trying to be aware of what's happening outside, while maintaining the energy and spirit of both shows. We've altered Watch What Happens Live, certainly. The last act of the show is very positive and it gives guests a chance to highlight a charity or a small business.
What's been the easiest adjustment?
I respond to a busy schedule and having a lot of work, so being laid up in my bed for two weeks was a new experience. This week, now that my energy's back, I've really responded well to my office becoming a home studio. I get to wake up with my son in the morning. I do radio for a couple hours, I take a break, I focus on Watch What Happens Live and then I'm with my son for the rest of the day. I try to just take it easy at night. And the hardest? Anderson Cooper was asking me, “How are you finding doing your show from home?” And I said, “You know, it's challenging. I have no prompter!” Then I realized I was talking to someone who's used to broadcasting from the middle of a flood for eight hours, with absolutely nothing but a microphone. He was perhaps the wrong person to complain to.