If there’s one thing I watch with one hand over one eye while squinting through the other, it’s any of Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives reunion shows. After ALLLL the drama in a season, host Andy Cohen reunites the women and asks the tough questions such as how Laurie of Season 1 of Orange County feels that viewers think she’s a man (ouch!) or the first time the New Jersey wives came face to face again after Teresa flipped the table after an argument with Danielle – he’s in the center of every juicy moment. Breezy Mama got the scoop from Andy as to which encounter was the hardest, how the housewives feel about his intrusive questions, how he handles the crazies and more!
You are often a referee…
Tell me about.
Oh my God. Any time that I’m in the middle of Jill and Ramona [of New York], there’s intensity there. And, you know what? New Jersey was really intense because there was so much hate for Danielle. And then the Season 1 Nene/Kim reunion was really intense.
When the cameras stop rolling, what’s it like?
It’s very uncomfortable because it’s all real and the feelings don’t go away. It’s not like the cameras go off and everyone goes back to normal.
Do they storm off into different directions?
Yes, typically. They certainly don’t talk.
THAT was the most intense of all because it was all happening for real. And, you know, a lot of these confrontations the women have they wind up getting over or somehow things calm down, but THAT really… I don’t believe they have spoken since then and Jeff said, “I don’t think we’ll be speaking again after this.” So, that was heart breaking for me personally just to sit there and watch this friendship end right in front of our eyes. That was really sad.
Do you ever get advised on how to handle these moments? Does a therapist come in and help you?
No. I’ve always been fascinated by therapy and I have been in therapy at different times in my life. So, I think the important thing that I try to do is let everybody be heard. Then I also try not to insert myself into it, but really see if I can do a little conflict resolution to see if this can go somewhere positive.
And you’re really good about redirecting, even when they get really passionate about their arguments. Has anyone ever been upset with you?
Not that they’ve expressed to me. I always have to commend them because even when I’ve come at them with really intense, in your face, confrontational questions, they know what I’m there to do, so they’re pretty cool about it… I’ve certainly apologized to some of them after it’s been over, like, “Look, I’m really sorry I had to ask that.”
We always have new cities in development, yes.
Any one you want to tell me…
Not that I can really talk about.
Did you ever expect your role in this would go so far?
No, I did not. It’s really fun. It’s really just a joy for me and exciting and I love it. I think it’s a blast. It’s all unexpected.
I always get really nervous for you being the mediator…
[Smiles] Sometimes I get nervous for myself, too.
Do you have siblings? Or how are you experienced with dealing with the intensity?
You know what, I’ve always had really strong women around me. So, I think always having strong, passionate women around me as friends is basically what trained me to put me in the middle of these women.
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