Andy Cohen (television personality)

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Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen by Greg Hernandez, July 2008.jpg
Cohen in 2008
Born Andrew Joseph Cohen
(1968-06-02) June 2, 1968 (age 49)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Years active 2000–present
Known for

Andrew Joseph "Andy" Cohen (born June 2, 1968)[1] is an American talk show and radio host, author, and producer. Cohen hosts the Bravo nightly series Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. He is the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.[2] After being head of development at Bravo for more than 10 years, Cohen resigned in November 2013.[3] He continues to serve as an executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Cohen was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Evelyn and Lou Cohen.[4] He is Jewish.[5][6] Cohen graduated from Clayton High School in 1986.[7] As a child, he attended Camp Nebagamon For Boys in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Boston University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism. He interned at CBS News alongside Julie Chen,[8][9] who was also working as an intern. He spent 10 years at CBS News, eventually serving as senior producer of The Early Show, a producer for 48 Hours and CBS This Morning, and becoming vice president of original programming for the cable network Trio in 2000.[10] Cohen joined Bravo in 2004 when the network purchased Trio.[11]

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 other talk shows. He has made several guest appearances on television shows playing himself, such as The Comeback and Saturday Night Live.[12] 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.[13] Before that, he hosted Miss USA 2011, Miss USA 2012, Miss USA 2013, Miss Universe 2011, and Miss Universe 2012. On March 22, 2014, he appeared in Lady Gaga's music video for "G.U.Y."'.[14]

In September 2015, SiriusXM announced that it would launch a new radio channel curated by Cohen, known as "Radio Andy". It features two programs hosted by Cohen (Andy Cohen Live and the music program Andy's Divas), as well as other personalities such as Lance Bass, Sandra Bernhard, and Bevy Smith.[15]

On December 31, 2015, Cohen hosted a one-off live edition of Hollywood Game Night (New Year's Eve Game Night), and co-hosted New Year's Eve with Carson Daly, for NBC.[16] In January 2017, Fox ordered a revival of Love Connection hosted by Cohen.[17]

In October 2017, CNN announced that Cohen would replace Kathy Griffin as co-host of its New Year's Eve coverage alongside Anderson Cooper.[18]

Awards and accolades[edit]

In 2012, he was chosen as one of Broadcasting & Cable's "Digital All-Stars".[citation needed] In 2010, appeared on the TV Guide "Power List" of talked-about individuals.[24][25]

He has been listed in Out magazine's list of Most Powerful Gay People, from 2012 to 2016.[26][27][28][29][30]


  • Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture. Henry Holt and Co. 2012. ISBN 978-0-8050-9583-8. 
  • The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year. Henry Holt and Co. 2014. ISBN 978-1-627-79228-8. 
  • Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries. Henry Holt and Co. 2016. ISBN 978-1250116482. 

Each became a New York Times Best Seller on the lists for, respectively, Paperback Nonfiction,[31] Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction[32] and books written by celebrities.[33]


  1. ^ "Andy Cohen". Us Weekly. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Andy Cohen To Become First Openly Gay Late Night Host?". Mediaite. June 24, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ 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". Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ Pennington, Gail (May 11, 2012). "Andy Cohen tells all — well, most — in memoir". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  5. ^ Parade Magazine: "Meet Bravo TV's Andy Cohen and His Mom, Evelyn" Leah Rozen May 13, 2012
  6. ^ Press, The Associated (2017). "Andy Cohen Recalls How Israel Prevented Joan Rivers From Berating Another Guest". Haaretz. Retrieved 2017-12-11. 
  7. ^ "Clayton High graduate Andy Cohen hosts Bravo talk show 'Watch What Happens Live'". May 20, 2010. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Andy Cohen and Tyler Oakley LIVE at VidCon". YouTube. August 2, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ Werthmann, Colleen (December 15, 2011). "Andy Cohen and Julie Chen on Their Shared Past | Bravo TV Dish | Official News". Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  10. ^ Lear, Samantha. "5 Things You Didn't Know about Bravo's Andy Cohen". More. Meredith Corporation. Archived from the original on May 8, 2014. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ Porter, Rick (November 13, 2013). "'Watch What Happens Live' host Andy Cohen gives up Bravo exec role, signs producing deal". Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "How The Comeback Got All Those Stars". Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Citing Russian Anti-Gay Law, Miss Universe Co-Host Pulls Out of Pageant". The New York Times. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ Lady Gaga debuts ‘G.U.Y.’ music video featuring ‘Real Housewives,’ Andy Cohen, Retrieved March 23, 2014
  15. ^ Daley, Megan (September 9, 2015). "Andy Cohen to launch exclusive SiriusXM channel, Radio Andy". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on October 22, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015. 
  16. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 9, 2015). "Andy Cohen Takes Over NBC's Primetime New Year's Eve With 'Game Night' Special". Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  17. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2017-01-11). "Fox Reviving 'Love Connection' Dating Show With Host Andy Cohen". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-11. 
  18. ^ Steinberg, Brian (2017-10-11). "CNN Will Replace Kathy Griffin With Andy Cohen for New Year's Eve". Variety. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  19. ^ "Forty Under Forty", Multichannel News,, May 28, 2007, retrieved September 26, 2007 
  20. ^ "The N-Word: Winner 2004, Trio and Post Consumer Media". University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2015.  . Additional on December 3, 2015/ Note that the Peabody Awards list the year of this award as 2004, not 2005 as stated in Bravo's biography of Cohen; the Peabody Awards website is taken as authoritative.
  21. ^ "Andy Cohen". n.d. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2007. 
  22. ^ Simien, Jessica (December 29, 2012). "See Who Made GQ's '25 Most Stylish Men of 2012' List". 
  23. ^ "Project Runway". Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  24. ^ Thomas, Devon (June 15, 2010). "Sarah Palin Gets Surprise Nod on TV Guide's First-Ever 'Power List'". CBS News. Archived from the original on December 3, 2015. 
  25. ^ "TV Guide's 2010 'Power List'". CBS News. 2010. Archived from the original on December 3, 2015. 
  26. ^ "The 10th Annual Power List". April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Out's 9th Annual Power List". April 15, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  28. ^ "Power List 2014: ANDY COHEN". April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  29. ^ "The Power List 2013". April 10, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Who's On Top?". April 27, 2012. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  31. ^ "Paperback Nonfiction". The New York Times. April 28, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction". The New York Times. November 30, 2014. 
  33. ^ "Celebrities". The New York Times. January 2017. 

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Natalie Morales and Curtis Stone
Hosts of Miss USA with Giuliana Rancic
2011 & 2012
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Hosts of Miss Universe with Natalie Morales
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Andy Cohen
Hosts of Miss Universe with Giuliana Rancic
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