Andy Cohen (television personality)

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Andy Cohen
Born Andrew Joseph Cohen
(1968-06-02) June 2, 1968 (age 48)
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Occupation Talk show, radio host, author, producer
Years active 2000–present
Employer Bravo
Known for Watch What Happens: Live
Parent(s) Evelyn Cohen, Lou Cohen

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 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.[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 and host of Watch What Happens: Live.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Cohen was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Evelyn and Lou Cohen.[4] He graduated from Clayton High School in 1986.[5] As a child, Cohen attended Camp Nebagamon For Boys in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin. 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 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. 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] In late 2015, Cohen launched the SiriusXM radio channel Radio Andy.[12]

Cohen has partnered with Anderson Cooper on a national tour, AC2. They have toured over 20 cities, and raised over $240,000 for OneOrlando following the massacre. In mid 2016, Cohen launched his own book imprint, Andy Cohen Books, under Henry Holt and Company. His third book will release in November of 2016.

Cohen currently has his own radio channel on SiriusXM called RadioAndy. This channel features Andy himself, Sandra Bernhard, Jon Alter, John Benjamin Hickey and Bethenny Frankel. It is channel 102 on SiriusXM.

Awards and accolades[edit]

In 2012, he was chosen as one of Broadcasting & Cable's "Digital All-Stars"[citation needed] and in 2010, appeared on the TV Guide "Power List" of talked-about individuals.[17][18]


  • 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. 


  1. ^ "Andy Cohen". Us Weekly. Wenner Media. 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. ^ "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". 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. ^ Lady Gaga debuts ‘G.U.Y.’ music video featuring ‘Real Housewives,’ Andy Cohen, Retrieved March 23, 2014
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "Forty Under Forty", Multichannel News,, May 28, 2007, retrieved September 26, 2007 
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Andy Cohen". n.d. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2007. 
  16. ^ Simien, Jessica (December 29, 2012). "See Who Made GQ's '25 Most Stylish Men of 2012' List". 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ "TV Guide's 2010 'Power List'". CBS News. 2010. Archived from the original on December 3, 2015. 

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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