If you are looking for the man who revitalized Bravo network, then American talk show and radio show host, Andy Cohen is your guy. You can thank his production skills for the Real Housewives franchise, as well as for some other top shows on Bravo network. Between November 2011 and January 2014, Andy served as Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Development and Talent. This dude made Bravo one of the leading reality TV show networks in the world.
Additionally, Andy is most popular for anchoring the first late night live show – Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. He hosted the show on Bravo network and it has enjoyed the presence of A-listers including Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, among many others. ln 2010, he won an Emmy Award for Executive Producer of the Outstanding Competitive reality series, Top Chef. Andy was also honoured with a Peabody Award in 2004 for Project Runway, and in 2007, for being the executive producer of the Bravo reality TV.
This fella can also boast of being the author of three New York Times bestsellers – Most Talkative which he published in 2012, The Andy Cohen Diaries which he published two years after, and Superficial, published in 2016.
More than just the background and early life of Andy, most of the other things you may wish to know about him are covered below.
Age and Background Details
The famous TV producer was born on June 2, 1968, in St. Louis, Missouri. His parents – Lou Cohen and Evelyn Cohen named him Andrew Joseph Cohen after his birth. He has an older sister who goes by the name Emily Rosenfeld. Andy’s formal education can be traced to Clayton High School and later Camp Nebagamon for Boys in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin. In 1990, he got his Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the prestigious Boston University where he also wrote for the student newspaper, The Daily Free Press.
The early years of his career were invested in working at CBS News where he started off as an intern before getting promoted to senior producer of the morning news program, The Early Show, as well as CBS News’ 48 Hours and CBS This Morning. He served at the news network for 10 years. Andy Cohen parted ways with CBS in 2000 after signing a contract with TRIO as its vice president of original programming. His work at Trio saw him participate in the production of successful documentaries like Easy Riders/Raging Bulls.
Andy’s work in Bravo began in 2004 when the network acquired and took over Trio. While he was the host at Miss USA pageant in 2011, 2012, 2013, and Miss Universe in 2011 and 2012, he refused to host Miss Universe pageant in Russia because of the country’s anti-gay laws. In 2015, his radio channel (Radio Andy) on SiriusXM was launched.
Andy has raised over $250,000 from his AC2 tour to benefit the victims of the Orlando gay club shooting. He is Jewish and resides in New York City.
Is Andy Cohen Gay, Who Is His Partner or Boyfriend?
Andy Cohen has made it no secret that his sexual identity is not straight. He is an openly gay man and the first of his kind hosting a late-night TV show in the United States. He came out of the closet while at Boston University and has described the experience as one of the toughest things he has ever had to do. He said it was accidental as his mother found a letter he had written to a fellow gay person and confronted him about it. He said his mother was very understanding.
Andy dated openly gay American journalist, Anderson Cooper before going into a relationship with Harvard graduate, Clifton Dassuncao who is 20 years younger than him. He met Clifton in 2015. Andy and Anderson Cooper remain very good friends. His relationship with Clifton ended in 2018 due to unclarified circumstances. Clifton currently works at Harvard University as a researcher.
During the final live broadcast of 2018 in WatchWhatHappens Live With Andy Cohen, Andy revealed that he is expecting a baby via surrogate. The sex of the baby has been disclosed as a boy. Meanwhile, it is believed that he’s single as at the time of this writing.
What Is His Net Worth?
The Watch What Happens Live host is reported to be one of the highest-paid media personalities in the country. He bags $2 million annually for hosting the show and his net worth is as fat as the sum of $15 million.