Andy Cohen does not spend a lot of time in the hot seat. As host of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen and the Housewives reunion shows on Bravo, it’s the 50-year-old’s guests—from Priyanka Chopra to Rachel Maddow to Bethenny Frankel—who have to explain themselves. So what’s it like when the roles are reversed? Let’s roll the tape.
Glamour: At reunions, it’s up to you to press these casts and force them to address their controversies. So any advice for journalists in the Trump era?
Andy Cohen: Be patient. Hold them to the fire. Keep asking the same question until you get an answer…. Anderson [Cooper] has to interview these mistresses of Trump, and he did these debates which were really like Housewives reunions, so I do feel like my world has intersected with a lot of journalists’.
Glamour: You’ve said you’d want to see Kellyanne Conway on Housewives. Who would she be friends with if she made the cut?
AC: That’s a good question. I don’t know—we might be sending her into the lion’s den. She reminds me of Michaele Salahi [who appeared on The Real Housewives of D.C. and crashed a White House State Dinner in 2009].
Glamour: How so?
AC: You can’t get a straight answer out of her. I mean, I talked to Michaele for, like, a really long time about whether or not she was a Redskins cheerleader, and I still don’t know.
Glamour: If you and your pal John Mayer did karaoke together, what would the set list be?
AC: It would be all duets, starting with “Islands in the Stream” and ending with “Endless Love.”
Glamour: You oversee the shows most of us watch to unwind. In your spare time, what are your favorite things to binge?
AC: I love documentaries. I just watched Jane Fonda in Five Acts and Quincy on Netflix, and I rewatched Long Strange Trip, the Amazon documentary about the Grateful Dead.
Glamour: On Watch What Happens, you put some unexpected people in conversation, leading us to believe you’d throw an excellent dinner party. Dream guests?
AC: Michelle Obama, Amy Sedaris, Madonna, Oprah, Howard Stern, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry, and Chris Rock. And all the waiters would be gorgeous models who would wind up dancing with us after dessert.
Glamour: Does reality TV just bring out the worst in people?
AC: Sometimes. If you’re being shot for too long, you can’t hide. The camera catches everything. So if you’re trying to put on airs, it’s not going to work.
Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen airs Sundays through Thursdays at 11:00 P.M. ET on Bravo.