Andy Cohen must be through the roof with happiness! He landed the cover of GQ magazine for February 2013. I just see in my head how gleeful he must have been at the photoshoot. In fact they did a behind the scenes video which I plan to watch soon (I should not even be blogging right now but I just had to share this and give y’all something to talk about.) The article is full of behind the scenes tea about WWHL and also one of her book signings. It’s gooood. Apparently, Andy is even more into Jenny MacCarthy than we even began imagine.
The author, Daniel Riley, went to multiple WWHL shootings and tells us everything we ever wondered about the set:
“A bunch of times this fall, I sat with the audience of eighteen in the “clubhouse” of WWHL. The set is a replica of the den in Andy’s apartment. It’s like that scene in Wayne’s World when Wayne and Garth see Wayne’s basement on the soundstage for the first time. It’s gotta be a little heady. You can read a history of the show in the tchotchkes he’s got on his shelves. Gifts from guests (a Justin Bieber doll, a Housewife’s former breast implant), photos of Andy with ’70s songstresses, a framed Lite-Brite of the St. Louis arch. “I feel like I’m in my home, like we’re doing the show for party guests at my apartment,” Andy says. “I still don’t feel like I’m on TV.”
“Each of the WWHL shows I attended was different, but the pre-game was pretty much the same—the audience members huddled up drinking in the lobby, swapping stories of how they scored invitations (it’s a tougher ticket than you’d ever imagine; a pair of seats recently went for eighteen grand at auction, “something that’s happening quite a lot these days,” Andy says), and then squeezing in on sawed-off benches behind the cameras. In that little space, on those little-kid benches in the studio, mouthing the words to One Direction singles, female audience members (and just as many men) have trouble controlling themselves as they wait for Andy to arrive. I saw a representative sample of guests—Bravolebrities, actors, musicians—but no one generated the same kind of physical anticipation as the host.”
I loved this analogy from Daniel Riley about Andy’s relationship with the housewives. Who do you think the Miami Housewife was?
“A Miami Housewife, camera-ready, cuts the line and surprises Andy. He does seem surprised. And not as happy to see her as she is to see him. (This seems to be a common dynamic between Andy and many of the Bravolebrities: The adoration is mutual, but unbalanced. In many cases it seems Andy loves them like people love their pets, whereas the stars seem to love him like pets love the human who’s rescued them from the pound.)”