Andy Cohen Says We’ll See Teresa Giudice Go Through Fraud Case On New Season Of New Jersey; Says Real Housewives Franchise Is Far From Over

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If you think Bravo will shy away from showing the trials and tribulations of Teresa Giudice's federal fraud case in the upcoming season of Real Housewives of New Jersey, guess again.  Andy Cohen opened up about Teresa, Taylor and all things reality TV in a new interview with TV Guide.  He swears the Housewives franchise will be around for a long time to come.

First, Andy talked about what it's like no longer being an big wig executive at Bravo, "I believe it was January 3 when I woke up and for the first time in my life I didn't have a boss. So it's great. I'm continuing to host specials for Bravo, which I love doing. And I'm still an executive producer of all the Real Housewives shows." 

When asked if it's because nobody else wanted that job, he shared, "No, quite the contrary! I wanted to and I believe that this franchise can go and go and go if we treat it delicately and properly. We're seeing with Real Housewives of Atlanta record numbers of any season ever. I care about it a lot." 


When asked how he handles real life drama of the cast, like Teresa Giudice's fraud case, Andy responded, "With Teresa, we're shooting New Jersey now and that's very much the reality of what she's going through. It will very much be a part of the show next season. We cover it in the way that we can." 

What about deaths, like Beverly Hills' Russell Armstrong?  "The strategy is to take a beat, regroup, talk to everyone involved, take stock. What we saw with Beverly Hills was, this was a show that was light and airy and a beautiful package. But when you opened up the package, there was something not so pretty inside. That was probably the most challenging situation in the history of the show. We got with all the women and asked them, "What do you want to do? What can anyone get out of this? Is there something that we can learn from this?""

Andy shared where he sees reality TV heading in the future, "The Voice spawned a wave of "everything's got to be even bigger." The great thing about reality TV is it always comes down to just an idea that's really simple, and truth is stranger than fiction. We all love sociology and watching people interact in whatever way. It's why Survivor is still incredible and one of the greatest shows, and Amazing Race is so great, so I think there will be a few more. Hopefully I'll have a great idea." 

On what he'd like to do as a producer, "I've had a lot of ideas for documentaries, which is something I was familiar with producing at CBS News. I've been talking to a lot of people who have never done unscripted TV whom I've reached out to in the hopes that maybe they would trust me enough that we could do something together and it would be fun. My pitch to them is that drama or reality TV doesn't have to be ugly. You can have drama that's fun or relatable or aspirational." 


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