Andy Cohen (television personality)

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Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen by Greg Hernandez, July 2008.jpg
Cohen in July 2008
Born (1968-06-02) June 2, 1968 (age 45)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Boston University (B.A.)
Occupation Television executive and TV Host
Employer Bravo
Title Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development

Andrew "Andy" Cohen (born June 2, 1968) is an American television executive, host and author. As of 2012, he is the executive vice president of development and talent at the Bravo cable television network, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal. He is also the host of the network's nightly live talk show Watch What Happens: Live and the author of a memoir, Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture. He is the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Cohen was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated from Clayton High School in 1986.[2] He is a graduate of Boston University, where he received a B.A. degree in broadcast journalism. He interned at CBS News alongside Julie Chen,[3][4] who was also working as an intern. He spent 10 years at CBS News, eventually serving as senior producer of The Early Show. Cohen also served as a producer for the network's 48 Hours and for CBS This Morning. In July 2000, he became vice president of original programming for the cable network Trio. Cohen started at Bravo in 2005 as senior vice president of original programming and development and went on to other management positions. Cohen is also a blogger on pop culture, television, media, and his own daily life.

He is also the host of Bravo's nightly live talk show Watch What Happens: Live, plus 30 episodes of's live streaming online program, and has hosted many Bravo reunion shows.

Cohen has co-hosted ABC-TV. Live with Regis & Kelly. He hosted the Miss USA 2011 and 2012 pageants; co-hosted, with Natalie Morales, Miss Universe 2011; and, with, Giuliana Rancic, Miss Universe 2012.

Cohen is a regular on Today and Morning Joe and has co-hosted Live! with Kelly, and The View. He has made various guest appearances. On October 4, 2012, Cohen was the guest co-host on Anderson Live, with Anderson Cooper. Cohen and Cooper discussed Cooper's coming out as a gay man. On August 15, 2013, he declined to co-host the Miss Universe pageant in Russia, due to the country’s recent adoption of anti-gay laws.[5] On March 22, 2014, he appeared in Lady Gaga's music video for her third single, G.U.Y.[6]

Awards and accolades[edit]

In December 2012, GQ Magazine named Cohen one of the 25 Best Dressed Men of the Year.[10]

In 2012, he was chosen as one of Broadcasting & Cable's "Digital All-Stars"[11] and in 2010, he was listed as one of TV Guide's "25 Most Influential People in Television."[12]


  • Most Talkative: Stories from the front lines of pop culture. Henry Holt and Co. 2012. ISBN 978-0-8050-9583-8. 


  1. ^ "Andy Cohen To Become First Openly Gay Late Night Host?". Mediaite. June 24, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Clayton High graduate Andy Cohen hosts Bravo talk show 'Watch What Happens Live'". May 20, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Andy Cohen and Tyler Oakley LIVE at VidCon". YouTube. 2013-08-02. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  4. ^ Werthmann, Colleen (2011-12-15). "Andy Cohen and Julie Chen on Their Shared Past | Bravo TV Dish | Official News". Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  5. ^ "Citing Russian Anti-Gay Law, Miss Universe Co-Host Pulls Out of Pageant". The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  6. ^, Retrieved March 23, 2014
  7. ^ "Forty Under Forty", Multichannel News (, May 28, 2007, retrieved September 26, 2007 
  8. ^ The Peabody Award Winners Archive (– Scholar search), University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, archived from the original on August 31, 2007, retrieved September 26, 2007 [dead link]. Note that the Peabody Archive lists the year of this award as 2004, not 2005 as stated in's biography of Cohen; the Peabody Archive citation is taken as authoritative.
  9. ^ "Andy Cohen". Undated. Archived from the original on January 13, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2007. 
  10. ^ Simien, Jessica (December 29, 2012). "See Who Made GQ’s ’25 Most Stylish Men of 2012′ List". Jessica 
  11. ^ Morabito, Andrea (August 20, 2012). "Andy Cohen: Digital Made the TV Star". Broadcasting & Cable. 
  12. ^ Hernandez, Greg (June 16, 2010). "Ryan Murphy, Neil Patrick Harris and Andy Cohen among TV Guide’s 25 Most Influential People". Greg In Hollywood. 

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Preceded by
Natalie Morales and Curtis Stone
Hosts of Miss USA with Giuliana Rancic
2011 & 2012
Succeeded by
Nick Jonas
Preceded by
Bret Michaels
Hosts of Miss Universe with Natalie Morales
Succeeded by
Andy Cohen
Preceded by
Andy Cohen
Hosts of Miss Universe with Giuliana Rancic
Succeeded by
Mel B and Thomas Roberts