It’s been a week of major change in the Bravo universe. What with Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, and two other cast members being summarily fired from Vanderpump Rules for past racist behavior. (The other two are newbies Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni for those at home keeping track.)
Many fans have wondered whether Andy Cohen was behind the decision to oust the Pump Rules OGs after eight seasons. Now, the face of Bravo is finally breaking his silence about the firings, and clarifying his role with the show.
“So much talk about Vanderpump Rules. And then of course the reunion wound up airing last night,” Andy said on Wednesday morning’s Radio Andy. “I will say this about what happened, I absolutely support Bravo’s decision; I think it was the right decision.”
But while the Bravo boss publicly stood by the mass firing, he quickly pointed out that he wasn’t the one making the ultimate call on the chopping block. “I want to remind people, because I’ve been getting so many tweets and messages and whatever about Vanderpump Rules, and about Southern Charm and other shows,” he continued.
Andy Said, “I feel like I remind people of this all the time: I’m not in charge of programming at Bravo anymore. I am not an executive producer of Vanderpump Rules. I don’t have anything to do with the show except that I love it and that I host the reunions.” Andy served as Bravo’s VP of Development and Talent for years before stepping down in 2013.
He reiterated, “I don’t produce the show, so what I want people to know is, I have no say in hiring and firing people.” Andy emphasized, “I really am only a producer of the Real Housewives and…Watch What Happens Live.” (Who was an executive producer for the past eight years back when Stassi and Kristen called the cops on Faith Stowers in 2018? Why, Lisa Vanderpump of course, though some people may not be ready to have that conversation.)
So while Andy may hold the fate of every Housewife in his hands, he doesn’t wield the same power over the RHOBH spinoff. Many fans, meanwhile, have questioned whether other SURvers and Bravolebrities could also be getting the ax for past deplorable behavior. (Ahem, looking at you, Jax Taylor.) Andy revealed more possible casting changes are being explored behind the scenes at Bravo. In fact, some might even be coming courtesy of one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta!
“Well, there is a lot more to discuss,” he concluded. “There is a lot more to discuss and we’re already having those discussions. I had a great, very long talk with Kandi [Burruss] two days ago…She had some really fantastic suggestions for how we can move forward, and we’re all ears.”
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TELL US – ARE YOU SURPRISED ANDY DIDN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE VANDERPUMP RULES? WHAT OTHER BRAVOLEBRITIES SHOULD BE ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK?
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