Bravo has certainly given us some polarizing characters to deal with. People you either love or hate, with not much grey area. The shows we watch often celebrate poor behavior and even reward those who may commit crimes. We enjoy discussing the fallout of DUIs or court cases. But what about the folks behind these somewhat messy characters? The network execs who run the shows? One of those guys used to be Andy Cohen. He was the Executive Vice President of Development and Talent at Bravo until 2013.
People have a lot of thoughts on Andy, now the host of Watch What Happens Live. Several of the core Bravo franchise programs used to be fun and light. Viewers appreciated the luxury and escaping from their own lives for an hour. But as the years wore on, a few of the shows became darker. Many fans felt like horrible behavior was encouraged and fingers were pointed in Andy’s direction. Kathy Griffin used to have a reality show on Bravo and she has pointed some fingers at Andy too. Now she’s speaking out about her time on the network and how Andy performed in the boss role.
There are several celebrities on the scene who have made quite a lot of dough from acting like a fool on Bravo. It’s a good job if you can get it, I guess. Andy is also on Bravo most nights of the week. He engages many of the Bravolebrities and the stars who love them. Usually we hear nothing but good things about the new dad. But the people talking are employed by NBC/Universal. Seeing as Kathy lost her show quite some time ago, she doesn’t need to stay on Andy’s good side. Judging from her comments, she won’t see his good side anytime soon.
On a recent episode of The Wendy Williams Show, Kathy confessed what it was like having Andy as a boss. Her show, My Life On The D-List ran on Bravo from 2005-2010. Kathy also taped a few comedy specials for the network as well. As reported by Popculture, Kathy said, “[Andy] was terrible to me, he fired me from Bravo, he was a horrible boss the entire time I was there.” While this may be valid, keep in mind Kathy could be harboring some Bitter Betty moments because she has old beef with Andy.
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Kathy’s Emmy-winning, My Life On The D-List spawned a late night talk show. Called simply, Kathy, she said Bravo never provided support for her slot and Andy’s WWHL was treated like a newborn. So she felt some type of way when her talk show was basically lit on fire. But things didn’t really get better for Kathy after she left Bravo. In 2017, the comedian suffered major backlash after a photo of her holding a likeness of Donald Trump’s chopped off head went viral.
Kathy’s career never fully recovered from the incident and it demolished quite a few of her relationships. Including with Andy’s bestie, Anderson Cooper. After the photo was released, Kathy was terminated from her slot as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve with Anderson. Fun fact, Andy replaced her in the NYE gig… Another fun fact, according to People, that same year, Kathy Vicki Gunvalson’d Andy and accused him of being a coke head. She also alleged he enjoyed “taking women down” and suffered from a mean case of misogyny.
It’s safe to say Kathy won’t be back on Bravo ever again. Because in her opinion, Andy kind of sucks. Kathy told Wendy Williams, “[Andy] gave himself a talk show and he still runs the network. He’s the only person in the history of television who gave himself a talk show that magically gets picked up every season.”
So what do you think? Bitter Betty or possible accurate description of Andy? Could the guy we see winding up bad behavior of Housewives be polarizing too? Whether you love Andy or hate him, his home is Bravo and he isn’t going anywhere.
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