The executive producer, 51, explained the method behind kicking women off the shows in an interview with Paper magazine, published on Wednesday, June 26. “If they become a turn-off to viewers, for whatever reason — they appear too fake, they’re not interesting, they’re not entertaining — [then they’re no longer a fit],” he said. “When people cross the line and it becomes unreal, that’s when they are out.”
Similarly, Cohen has a formula for instant fan favorites. “Someone who’s funny and unique and interesting to watch. Someone who has something to say, and is different, surprising and just watchable,” he noted. “There’s a fine line between people who are desperate to be on reality television, and people who you want to watch on reality television. The Venn diagram of desperation and watchable, it’s a very slim thing in the middle where it overlaps, and you’re like, ‘That’s the bullseye, that’s NeNe Leakes, that’s Vicki [Gunvalson], that’s Bethenny [Frankel].’”
The Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen host has a “complicated” and “emotional” relationship with the reality shows’ stars. “I’m a boss, I’m a friend. … I’m an adversary, I’m a button pusher,” he told the magazine. “I’ve become legitimately friends with many of them. I care about them. So it’s nuanced. And sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s not great.”
The Real Housewives of Orange County launched the Bravo franchise when it debuted in March 2006. The Real Housewives of New York City, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of New Jersey and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills followed, along with spinoffs in Washington, D.C., Miami, Dallas and Potomac.
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