Andy Cohen, the man responsible for unleashing countless Real Housewives onto the masses (and by proxy the entire subgenre of “lets put grown women together and watch them bicker like 13 year old girls” reality television), is stepping stepping down from his post as head of development over at Bravo.
However, it doesn’t mean that he’s leaving altogether…BLOOP!
Cohen is only stepping down as a Bravo executive to step into a new role that is more focused on his hit nighttime talk show Watch What Happens Live, as well as working to pitch and develop ideas for Bravo from his very own production company.
The new deal with Bravo includes a two year pickup of Watch What Happens Live, a retained role as an executive producer on the Real Housewives franchise, and allows him to continue to wrangle the Housewives together on their reunion shows as only he can. As if anyone else can deal with the likes of Teresa Guidice, NeNe Leakes, and Kenya Moore.
Cohen is taking the move in stride, and seems to be excited about the future, telling the New York Daily News, “It was challenging hosting the show five nights a week and coming into work and running development, so this gives me more time to focus on Watch What Happens Live and gives me more time to launch a production company and figure out what else I’m going to be producing.”
Hopefully Cohen can use the time to figure out the next big idea in reality television and for Bravo, as the Housewives ratings (with the exception of the Jersey and Atlanta franchises) aren’t what they used to be and the aforementioned “braying rich older women” subgenre is getting more tired by the day.
Our suggestion? Getting that long rumored Gay Housewives show off the ground with some, ahem, real A-listers.