Andy Cohen (television personality)

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Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen by Greg Hernandez, July 2008.jpg
Cohen in July 2008
Born Andrew Joseph Cohen [1]
(1968-06-02) June 2, 1968 (age 46)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Alma mater Boston University[2]
Occupation Talk show host
Years active 2000–present
Employer Bravo
Known for Watch What Happens: Live

Andrew "Andy" Cohen (born June 2, 1968) is an American talk show host and author. Cohen hosts the Bravo nightly series Watch What Happens: Live and is 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.[3] After holding the title as head of development for Bravo for over 10 years, Cohen resigned in November 2013.[4] He continues to serve as an executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise and host of Watch What Happens: Live.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Cohen was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Evelyn and Lou Cohen.[2] He graduated from Clayton High School in 1986.[5] He is a graduate of Boston University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism. He interned at CBS News alongside Julie Chen,[6][7] 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 48 Hours and CBS This Morning. In 2000, he became vice president of original programming for the cable network Trio.[8] Cohen joined Bravo in 2004 when the network purchased Trio.[9]

Cohen has 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.[10] On March 22, 2014, he appeared in Lady Gaga's music video for "G.U.Y.", the third single from her 2013 album Artpop.[11]

Awards and accolades[edit]

In December 2012, GQ named Cohen one of the 25 Best Dressed Men of the Year.[15]

In 2012, he was chosen as one of Broadcasting & Cable's "Digital All-Stars"[16] and in 2010, he was listed as one of TV Guide's "25 Most Influential People in Television."[17]



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  2. ^ a b Pennington, Gail (May 11, 2012). "Andy Cohen tells all — well, most — in memoir". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Andy Cohen To Become First Openly Gay Late Night Host?". Mediaite. June 24, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (November 13, 2013). "Bravo’s Andy Cohen To Step Down As Executive And Become A Producer, ‘Watch What Happens Live’ Renewed For 2 Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Clayton High graduate Andy Cohen hosts Bravo talk show 'Watch What Happens Live'". May 20, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Andy Cohen and Tyler Oakley LIVE at VidCon". YouTube. August 2, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  7. ^ Werthmann, Colleen (December 15, 2011). "Andy Cohen and Julie Chen on Their Shared Past | Bravo TV Dish | Official News". Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  8. ^ Lear, Samantha. "5 Things You Didn't Know about Bravo's Andy Cohen". More. Meredith Corporation. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ Porter, Rick (November 13, 2013). "'Watch What Happens Live' host Andy Cohen gives up Bravo exec role, signs producing deal". Zap2it. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Citing Russian Anti-Gay Law, Miss Universe Co-Host Pulls Out of Pageant". The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  11. ^, Retrieved March 23, 2014
  12. ^ "Forty Under Forty", Multichannel News (, May 28, 2007, retrieved September 26, 2007 
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Andy Cohen". n.d. Archived from the original on January 13, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2007. 
  15. ^ Simien, Jessica (December 29, 2012). "See Who Made GQ’s ’25 Most Stylish Men of 2012′ List". Jessica 
  16. ^ Morabito, Andrea (August 20, 2012). "Andy Cohen: Digital Made the TV Star". Broadcasting & Cable. 
  17. ^ 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