Andy Cohen, the executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise, revealed which of the Real Housewives stars he relates to the most. The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host said he had a hard time narrowing down just one, so he came up with four housewives to whom he most related.
Cohen, who is now synonymous with the Real Housewives franchise and his late-night talk show on Bravo, started out at Bravo as the vice-president of programming. Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen then became a second gig to his day job in 2009, and the show expanded into a successful weeknight series. He is very closely related to the Real Housewives as Andy hosts all of the franchise's reunion shows at the end of each season of each show. He interviews the housewives, getting them to recount the drama and memorable moments of conflict on the show. As executive producer, host, and oftentimes friend to the housewives, he's built special bonds with each of the shows and cast.
Now, when AOL asked him which of the many housewives he related to most, he couldn't just pick one. He tried to play it safe by saying, “I want to say that there’s a little bit of all of them in me, but that’s a lie." Finally, Cohen narrowed it down to four housewives, beginning with Nene Leakes, the star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and currently one of the highest-paid housewives in the whole franchise. She is known for being a fashionista, diva, and entrepreneur, owning several of her own fashion stores all over the country. Cohen said, “I hope that I have the energy and enthusiasm of Nene."
Next, he said, "I hope that I have some of the business sense of Bethenny [Frankel] or Lisa Vanderpump." Bethenny, who is from Cohen's personal favorite show, The Real Housewives of New York City, is known to be one of the most business savvy housewives as she is the creator of the SkinnyGirl brand, which branched off from cookbooks to cocktails and is now worth an estimated $100 million. Vanderpump, from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is a mogul in the restaurant business, owning over 30 restaurants worldwide, as well as her own Bravo spinoff, Vanderpump Rules, documenting the drama that happens in one of her restaurants. Cohen also said he had "some of the humor of Bethenny," and, last but not least, "some of the chutzpah of Margaret [Josephs]." Margaret, from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, and owner of Macbeth Collection brand.
Cohen chose four very different women from four very different branches of the franchise, and fans will likely agree that Cohen has embodied all of these traits in order to gain the success he has in his career. The women of these franchise have a lot more going for them than just being rich housewives with entertaining personalities; and Cohen coming up with four housewives that he relates to individually proves just how versatile these women really are.