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Bravo TV's Andy Cohen Talks Refereeing The Real Housewives

Picture 21 Bravo TV's Andy Cohen Talks Refereeing The Real HousewivesIf 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.

Picture 4 Bravo TV's Andy Cohen Talks Refereeing The Real HousewivesWhat was one of the more intense times you had to jump in?

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.

jeff ryan Bravo TV's Andy Cohen Talks Refereeing The Real HousewivesAnd what about with Jeff and Ryan [of Bravo TV show Flipping Out]?

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.”

andy Bravo TV's Andy Cohen Talks Refereeing The Real HousewivesAre there new cities being explored right now?

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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Comments

  1. Great piece, Andy’s a doll…. I’m so excited for RHONY to return! I have a serious obsession with those ladies – love Jill Zarin!

  2. Andy,
    Is Kelly on New York housewives acting or is she really a dimwit? It is so confusing listening to her, especially when she starts talking to or about Bethany.

  3. shame on u. almost 2 shows of bashing jill. bethanny is trash vicous mouth and mean as hell. alex a tramp and wanna b what they did 2 jill and kelly was a sin this is going in the toilet . your a no talent andy, check out when beth went to alexs house and all the old tapes. jill has more class than all of them , how about what goes on in simons hotel, if your a real nyer u know . and alex has more 1 night stands than check ins.

  4. MARY Haggerty says:

    ANDY,
    YOU DO SEEM LIKE YOU HAVE A VERY STRONG BACKGROUND IN THE WORLD OF PSYCH ISSUE. BESIDES YOUR OWN THERAPY DID YOU STUDY PSYCH WHILE IN UNIVERSITY? BECAUSE YOU REALLY HAVE YOUR HAND AND MIND FILLED WHEN DEALING WITH THE HOUSEWIVES FROM NYC AND ESP. NEW JERSEY. I HAVE A SRONG BACKGROUND IN PSYCH AND AM GETTING VERY CONCERNED OVER WHAT I AM SEEING IN KELLY OF NEW YORK AND ESPECIALLY THAT DANIELLE OF NEW JERSEY. I WONDER IF YOU REALIZE HOW VERY ILL THEIR REALLY ARE. IT IS CLASSIC THAT PEOPLE THAT SUFFER FROM SEVERE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS ARETHE VERY LAST TO SEE IT OR KNOW IT. WITH KELLY EVEN WHEN SHE WAS SHOWN THE CLIPS OF ALL THE TIMES SHE WONDERS IN HER THOUGHTS AND HAS FLIGHT OF IDEAS AND IS NOT UNDERSTANDABLE AT ALL WHEN CONFRONTED WITH THE TAPE OF HER BEHAVIOR AND THINGS SHE SAYS AND DOES SHE STILL DOES NOT CANNOT SEE IT. ON THE REUNION SHOW WHEN YOU SHOWED HER THE TAPES OF HER LOSING IT SHE SAID TO YOU SEE THAT IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT THEY ALL GANGED UP ON ME AND ATTACKED ME. TO HAVE DREAMS THAT BETHENNEY IS TRYING TO OR GOING TO KILL HER WHICH MADE HER VOMIT BEFORE HER TRIP TO THE ISLANDS SHE STILL COULD NOT SEE NOR TAKE ANY RESPONSEIBILITY FOR HER BEHAVIOUR AND ALL THE HELL SHE CAUSED EVERYONE ELSE. IT MUST HAVE BEEN REALLY BAD IF IT IS TRUE THAT ONE OF YOUR PRODUCES HAD TO ESCORT HER BACK TO NYC. SHE HAS MAJOR CONTROL ISSUES SHE IS ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT BEING A GROWN WOMEN AND CAN DECIDE THINGS FOR HERSELF THAT SHE IS IN COMPLETE CONTROL OF HER LIFE AND WILL DECIDE EVERYTHING THAT SHE WILL AND WON’T DO. SHE ALWAYS FEELS LIKE PEOPLE ARE OUT TO HURT HER, PLANNED TO DESTROY HER AND HER CHILDREN ETC., AND IT IS TRULY SAD THAT YOU SHOW SUCH AN ILL WOMEN WHOSE MIND IS ONE BIG MASSIVE STATE OF CONFUSION AND SHE IS SO ABOUT WHAT SHE WILL DECIDE TO DO AND NO ONE ELSE WILL DECIDE FOR HER. IT REALLY IS REACHING AN ALL TIME LOW FOR YOUR HOUSEWIVES SHOWS THAT THE AMERICAN VIEWERS AND YOU ANDY GET OFF ON WATCHING THE MENTALLY ILL TRULY AND SEVERELY MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE AS THE HIGH POINTS OF A SHOW. AS FOR DANIELLE IN THE PSYCH BOOKS UNDER SELF CENTERED EGO CENTERED SOCIOPATHIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS IT SAYS SEE DANIELLE STRAUB. AND THE ONLY TIME NOW THAT NEW JERSEY SHOW HAS HIGH RATINGS IS WHEN DANIELLE IS ACTING AND DOING SERIOUSLY DANGEROUS DRAMAS. SHE SET THEM UP AND PLANS THEM. THE DINNER TO RAISE MONEY FOR THAT SERIOUSLY ILL BABY THE SECOND DANIELLE WAS ASKED TO COME YOU COULD ACTUALLY SEE HER MIND AT WORK ON HOW TO SET IT UP FOR MAJOR DRAMATIC ACTION. AND WHO DOES SHE TURN TO DANNY PRO. GOOGLE HIM AND YOU SEE HIS FATHER WAS TONY THE PRO PRO HE WAS A MAJOR MAFIA ENFORCER WHO WAS THE ONE WHO CALLED FOR HOFFAS LAST LUNCH AND THE LAST TIME JIMMY HOFFA WAS SEEN DRIVING AWAY HE WAS IN DANNY’S FATHERS CAR. DANNY’S FATHER WAS A HIT MAN WHO DIED IN JAIL. THE APPLE HAS NOT FALLEN FAR FROM THE TREE. THAT PROVES THAT DANIELLE IS A VERY ILL AND DANGEROUS WOMEN. SHE SET THAT ENTIRE THING UP. I FELT SO VERY SAD FOR THE MOTHER AND FATHER OF THE BABY ESP. WHEN DANIELLE WENT UP TO THEM AND SAID ” I’M HEAR AND I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE AND I HAVE BOUGHT AT LOT OF PEOPLE WITH ME TO SEE THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN”. THE FATHER THOUGHT THAT SHE MEAN’T THAT SHE HAD BROUGHT PAYING PEOPLE WITH HER. BUT THAT IS NOT AT ALL WHAT SHE MEAN’T SHE BROUGHT MUSCLE BACK UP FOR A PUNCH. HAD THOSE FELONS STAYED AND SINCE SHE TOO WAS FREE LOADING THAT WOULD HAVE AND WAS A LOSS OF 14K THAT COULD HAVE AND WOULD HAVE GONE TO HELP THE BABY. FOR DANIELLE IT WAS NEVER EVER ABOUT THE BABY IT WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE ABOUT HER AND OVER REACTING CAUSING MAJOR DANGEROUS DRAMA. ANF THE FACT THAT YOU AND BRAVO AND VIEWERS GET OFF ON THIS IS SO SAD AND SO DANGEROUS. WHAT IS NEXT LIVE DEATH CHAMBERS? YOU TRY TO HOLD ON BUT YOU DO ANDY DO A LOT OF PANDERING TO THESE OVER MATERIAL MONEY MINDED DRAMA QUEENS. WHY DO YOU NOT CALL THEM OUT ON THESE MAJOR ISSUES. DANIELLE TELLS HER DAUGHTER THAT SHE IS GOING TO HAVE A LUNCHEON IN HER HONOR FOR MAKING THE COVER ON HER FIRST SHOOT OF DAYILY AND BEING ASKED TO WALK A RUNWAY AT FASHION WEEK. YEAH THAT WAS SOME WALK WAY SOME HIGH FASHION PEOPLE WHERE NOT THERE. THEY HAD NO CHAIRS LIKE ALL THE OTHER SHOWS. EVERYONE JUST STOOD AROUND AND WERE DRESSED LIKE THEY WERE IN WORK CLOTHES OF THE BLUE COLLAR NATURE. JILL THOUGHT ALEX’S FASHION SHOW WAS BAD MY GOD I WONDER WHAT SHE THINKS ABOUT THE ONE DANIELLES DAUGHTER WAS IN. NO CHAIRS NO WHITE DRAPES IT WAS SO HIGH PRODUCTION STYLE. BUT SHE TELS HER DAUGHTER THAT SHE IS HAVING THIS LUNCH IN HER HONOR. WELL WHERE THE HELL WAS THE DAUGHTER THE ONE BEING HONORED? NOT ONLY WAS IT ALL FOR DANIELLE AND HER FRIENDS IT WAS TOTALLY UN-NECESSARY FOR HER TO HAVE THEM SET UP THOSE 2 EMPTY SEATS SO SHE CAN IMMED. TRASH THE MISSING. AND WHERE WAS THE DAUGHTER AND HER FRIENDS IF SHE HAS ANY SINCE SHE THE PARENT. THE LUNCH WAS FRAMED BY DANIELLE THAT IT WAS FOR HER DAUGHTER AND ABOUT HER. YET NO DAUGHTER AND NON OF THE GIRLS FRIENDS OR HER SISTER. AND DANIELLE SAID IT ALL WHEN TOASTING THEIR CHILDREN AT THE END SHE SAYS “YEAH ME”. THAT SAYS IT ALL. SHE IS SICKER THEN KELLY AND YET YOU PANDER TO HER ARE YOU AFRAID OF HER/ YOU SHOULD BE.AND TH ELIES ABOUT THOSE SEX TAPES AND WHAT A BUM THIS GUY WAS THAT SHE WAS SET UP WITH ON A BLIND DATE. AGAIN ALL LIES GO TO THE VIDEO TAPES. SHE WAS SO INTO HIM SHE OFFERS TO TAKE HIM INTO THE BATHROOM FOR SEX WHILE AT A HIGH END DINNER. WHEN SHE IS OUT WITH HIM AND THE OTHERS SHE STEPS OUTSIDE AND COMPLAINS THAT HE IS NOT COMING OVER AS MUCH AS BEFORE AND SAYS TO TERSEA “NO OFFENSE ABOUT HIM HANGING OUT AT YOUR HOUSE PUT HEY I’VE GOT PUSSY HE SHOULD BE COMING OVER TO MY HOUSE”. SHE SET THAT DRAMA UP AND PLAYS THE VICTIM SHE IS ALWAYS THE VICTIM THE ONE GETTING HURT. THEN WAY DOES SHE HAVE TO GO VENT TO THE GIRLS ABOUT HOW TO BREAK UP WITH THIS GUY AND IS JUST SO UPSET BUT HE IS SO MUCH YOUNGER AND DOESN’T EARN AS MUCH MONEY AS I OWN SAKS”. DO YOU ALL NOT KEY IN ON ALL THESE OFF THE WALL STATEMENTS? AND WHY DO YOU NOT CALL THEM OUT ON THE REUNION SHOWS? CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HOW YOU HANDLE THE NEW JERSEY ONE THIS TIME. KELLY IS ILL AND WOULD PROBABLY RESPONSE TO MEDICATION AND SEEING A DOCTOR. DANIELLE HER TYPE THERE IS NO KNOWN SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT NOR POSITIVE OUT COMES FOR SOCIOPATHS. SINCE THEY CANNOT FEEL OR UNDERSTAND ANYONE ELSES PAIN EXCEPT THEIR OWN. THEY ARE USUALLY VERY SMART WITH HIGH IQ’S AND THEY WATCH AND STUDY HOW HUMANS ACT AND THE WAY THEY RESPONSE TO PEOPLE AND THE HUMAN CONDITION. BUT IT IS JUST TO COPY ITSO THEY BLEND IN AND ACT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. BUT THEY ARE NOT AND FEEL ONLY FOR THEM SELVES IT GOES WAY BEYOND THE THINKING, ACTING AND FEELINGS OF REAL HUMAN BEINGS. THAT IS ONE OF THE REASON THEY ARE SO DANGEROUS BECAUSE THEY WALK AROUND LIKE EVERYONE ELSE AND TRY TO FIT IN BUT CANNOT THEY ARE DANGEROUS BECAUSE THE COPY HUMAN FEELINGS SO WELL THAT YOU CAN’T DETECT THEM. PEOPLE LIKE DANIELLE GO BEYOND BEING SELF CENTERED AND THEY ARE CAPABLE OF SEVERELY HURTING PEOPLE. TED BUNDY WAS ALSO A TEXTBOOK SOCIOPATH WHO ENDED UP GOING TO THE REAL EXTREME AND STARTED HIS KILLING SPREE. SO ANDY WHEN YOU FEED INTO THEM AND PANDER TO THEM YOU ARE ONLY CONFRIMING THEIR IRRATIONAL THINKING AND THEIR OVER DRAMATIC BEHAVIOUR AND THOUGHT PROCESSES. DANIELLE COST THAT FAMILY 14K BY BRINGING HER BACK UP FELONS TO THE BROWNSTONE AND DESPITE SAYING ON FILM THAT SHE DID NOT WANT TO INVOLVE THE FAMILY OR SAY ANYTHING TO THEM THAT NIGHT SO AS NOT TO STRESS THEM OUT EVEN MORE OR UPSET THEM THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT SHE DID AND WITH DANNY WHO WALKED AROUND ONLY ABLE TO SAY OVER AND OVER ” YOU’VE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME YOU HAVE TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME”.
    THEY LIKE DANIELLE WERE FREE LOADING AND COST THE FAMILY 14K BUT SHE CANNOT FEEL THAT NOR UNDERSTAND THAT SHE CANNOT THINK PAST HERSELF AND HER PAIN AND HURT SHE IS ALWAYS BEING PICKED ON AND DOES NOTHING TO CAUSE IT. SHE DOES EVERYTHING TO CAUSE IT. YOU MAY NOT GIVE THEM THE WORDS TO READ AND A DIRECTOR TO SET UP THESE SITUATIONS AND THE FILMING OF THESE SHOTS YOU HAVE DANIELLE. DOES THE JERRY SPRINGER SHOW RING A BELL BRAVO?
    LAST ISSUE WHY THE HELL DID YOU FEED LUANN BULL ABOUT HER SINGING AND HER ABILITY TO CARRY A NOTE. IF YOU THINK SHE CAN AND SHE THINKS SHE CAN THEN YOU BOTH ARE TONE DEAF. SHE IS SO FAR OFF KEY IT IS JUST HORRIBLE. THE ONLY REASON THAT SILLY RECORD PRODUCER OR SO CALLED RECORD PRODUCER GOT HER SONG OUT WAS HE WAS CLEARLY STAR STRUCK BY HER TITLE COUNTESS AND THATS ALL. SHE MAYBE A HIT ON I-TUNES BUT IT IS MORE AS A NOVELTY THEN ANYTHING ELSE. LIKE WHEN JIMMY CARTER WAS PRESIDENT HIS BROTHER CAME OUT WITH BILLY BEER AND IT DID SELL VERY WELL BUT AS A JOKE AND IN HOPES THAT SOMEDAY IT WOULD BE WORTH SOMETHING. AND AS FOR HER SINGING AT THAT PUB / BAR IT WAS ALL LIP SHE NEVER DID A VOCAL WARM UP AND NO REAL SINGER DOES NOT GO WITHOUT A VOCAL WARM UP AND YOU COULD HEAR HER CARRING A NOTE YET HER MOUTH WAS CLOSED SO SHE WASN’T EVEN IN KEEPING WITH THE LIP SINGING WHAT A JOKE AND A LIE TO THE VIEWER. YOU AND BRAVO DO OWE THE VIEWER SOM TRUTH AND NOT COVER SO MUCH UP AND ENDING UP ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR. AND TERSEA YOU NEVER APPROACHED HE R ABOUT HER OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING SHE JUST HAS TO SPEND AND SPEND AND FOR WHAT. DOES SHE EVER EVEN GIVE ONE DOLLAR TO THE HOMELESS? NO SHE DOESN’T THINK THAT FAR. AND THE DEPTH OF HER LACK OR KNOWLEDGE IS TRULY UN-BELIEVEABLE. SHE LOVES HER DIAMONDS YET HAD NO CLUE THEY COME FROM AFRICIA AND IT IS FROM MINES JOE NOT MOUNTAINS AND SHE IS A TERRIBLE “SO A STAGE MOTHER”. WHO “AIN’T A MEAN PERSON YOU KNOW I AIN’T A MEAN PERSON”. ASK HER TO THINK IF SHE CAN TO THINK ABOUT GETTING SOME EDUCATION AND TO LEARN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE THE CORRECT SPOKEN ENGLISH LANGAUAGE. SHE IS STUPID AND YET YOU JUST FEED HER AND CALL HER OUT ON NOTHING. YOU LET SO MUCH GO AND I REALLY WONDER IF YOU REALIZE THAT YOU ARE DEALING WHITH SOME EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE WHO SHOULD NOT BE ON THESE SHOWS BECAUSE IT DOES CHANGE THEM AND THEY DO GET SICKER AND JILL ZARINS CONCEPT ABOUT JUMP STARTING THE ECO. THESE DAYS BY SPENDING SO MUCH OF BOBBY’S MONEY ON VERY HIGH END ITEMS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BOTTOM LINE ECO PROBLEMS OF SPENDING. BUYING EXTREMELY COSTLY ITEMS THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T DOES NOT JUMP START THE ECO. WHICH SHE TRIED TO SAY IT WOULD. I JUST CANNOT WATCH THESE WOMEN ANYMORE BRAVO AND YOU AND THESE WOMEN HAVE SO TURNED ME OFF AND MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE BRAINS. CALL THEM OUT AND DON’T LET THEM MOVE AWAY FROM THINGS FORCE KELLY TO SEE THE WAY SHE REALLY IS AND WHAT SHE STARTS ALL THE TIME. SHE IS NOT AT ALL IN THE REAL WORLD. I WORRY ABOUT THESE WOMEN’S CHILDRENS AND THEIR VALUE SYSTEM. IF DANIELLE WANTS TO BLING HER GIRLS OUT MAYBE SHE SHOULD CUT BACK ON HER SELF SPENDING. AND WHERE IS THEIR FATHER IN ALL THIS?
    BYE-BYE

  5. I canNOT believe Mary, Lynda and Cat…how boring and INTO themselves they are. They ALL LOVE the sound of their OWN voices…Wouldn’t u just hate having those kind of people as “friends”…they ONLY JUDGE the others by THEMSELVES..that is truly the ONLY yardstick they have to go by…says a LOT for them doesn’t it…Yayy for Michaele and Stacy…the ONLY two and are NOT two-faced

  6. BARBARA MCMILLER says:

    ANDY MYSELF AND A COUPLE OF FRIENDS OF MINES, WANTED TO KNOW ONE THING. ASK CAMILLE THAT PSYIC FRIEND OF HERS WHY DIDN’T SHE LET HER KNOW HER HUSBAND WAS CHEATING ON HER AND HAD ANOTHER FAMILY?

  7. Barbara,
    I had been wondering that, too, then Andy addressed that with Camille on a recent “Watch What Happens.” Camille said that when the psychic said those things to Kyle about HER husband that she may have been picking up on Camille’s life and not Kyle’s.

  8. rose w. says:

    omg andy why do these women behave so rudely? they all seem to have a very nice life yet they act like trash. i will never watch them again. tellthem to grow up and live in the real world. ramona is the most obnoxious followed by alex. get a grip ladies you are mostly loosers even with all your money. lou ann is right thry need class

  9. pat okavge says:

    Really, are these women for real (housewives)?? I’ve never seen women with so much, act so underserving and mean. They don’t know what work is. Ask a waitress or any women out there working and makes a standard wage, what her day is like. I’m sure there are no fabulous parties or trips. By the way, they have money to blow, but do they have enought for the trips and parties that we see, or does Bravo pay for everything?? These NY housewives are a diaster!!

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