Andy Cohen Reveals The Toughest Real Housewives Reunions He Has Hosted

As both the Real Housewives of New York and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills seasons are winding down, it is time to start thinking about the reunions. Some of us look forward to the Housewife reunions as we hope to get all of our burning questions answered. Others know that the answers the ladies give are often phony, evasive, self-serving or disingenuous. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from watching–or having opinions!

Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen is forced to be a jack-of-all trades to get the ladies to confess to their social crimes, apologize to their wronged co-stars and make up by the end of the reunion. Which, any way you look at it, is a Herculean task. You have to wonder how he does it. Reunion after reunion. Andy recently shared which of the reunions have been the most difficult for him to manage–it must have been hard to pick just a few!

Bravo’s The Daily Dish reported that Andy reflected on past reunions during an audience Q&A at the WWHL For Your Consideration Emmys event. When asked which reunions have been his toughest, Andy declared, “Toughest reunion I ever sat through, probably those early years of Jersey where it was blood warfare.”

Not a surprise, as the early Real Housewives of New Jersey reunions sometimes seemed like an episode of The Sopranos. Only everyone survived to film again–unless their contracts weren’t renewed!

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Always ready to do battle, the early years New Jersey ladies never backed down and seldom gave in. Who can forget the heated animosity between Teresa Giudice and Danielle Staub? Who are now, shockingly, friends. Or “thick as thieves” Caroline Manzo, who was on hand to pass judgment on everyone else? Except for her own perfect children, of course.

Andy admitted that other reunions have also been challenging. He revealed, “There have been one or two Atlantas where Nene [Leakes] was not feeling it that were tough.” Andy might be being kind–most seasons, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene hasn’t seemed to feel it. At all. Other than in her anger and disdain towards her co-stars. But, that is why we tune in! Does anyone really want to see a happy Nene?

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Being the ringmaster at the reunions requires a skill set Andy probably did not learn in college. He is called on to be all things to all cast members–friend, referee, therapist, investigating officer and neutral bystander. Reunion hosting is a tough–and impossible job, which Andy handles with as much patience and dignity as anyone probably could.


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