Andy Cohen On ‘Real Housewives’ Drama: ‘It’s Real - We Cast Highly Volatile Women’

Mary Jane

Andy Cohen is best known as the host of the Real Housewives reunion shows, but he has been along for the entire ride. Cohen knows all of the wives, and he is often spotted with them at events. So, when people have questions about the legitimacy of the shows, he is the perfect guy to ask. The Real Housewives host Andy Cohen stands by the shows he has helped produce, even though the reunion shows are much different than Cohen's own show, Watch What Happens Live.

According to a new Bravo report, Andy Cohen is now speaking out about the drama that fans watch every week. It doesn't matter what city is being filmed - there is always drama going on. And some people have questioned whether the drama is actually real, because it seems unbelievable that such rich and successful women could be so petty and immature.

"It's real," Andy Cohen recently told Attitude Magazine about the Real Housewives women, adding, "We cast very highly volatile, emotional, driven, opinionated women, and because of that, they go to town! And you sit down with them at the end of the season and they all have it out with each other…It's really fun."

Of course, the entire Real Housewives franchise started out much different than what it has become today. Back in 2008, Bravo decided to create a docu-series called Behind the Gates and would document the lives of women in Orange County. This show later became The Real Housewives of Orange County. As Andy explains, the show was all about documenting a lifestyle that only so many people live.

"[They] said, 'I have these neighbors and their boobs are bigger and their hair is blonder and they have these huge houses, and they're unlike anything you've ever seen before,'" Andy Cohen reveals, adding, "It was the beginning of the Real Housewives of Orange County, and in my mind I thought, 'Well this could be like a modern soap opera,' and that's really what it's become."

Now that the franchise has grown tremendously, the shows are no longer about the lifestyles. They are more about the families documented on the show. Viewers care about the wives and their troubles. According to the Inquisitr, even Andy Cohen gets emotional when something bad happens. He recently shared his thoughts about Kim Richards' drunken arrest.

"You know sometimes it just gets really personal about their family," Andy Cohen explains of the show's growth, revealing, "The show works so well because it's all people who have long histories with each other. So it's not just throwing people together in a Big Brother house and seeing what happens."

What do you think about Andy Cohen's comments?

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