The Vanderpump Rules Season 8 reunion was halted by Anderson Cooper’s baby news.
On his Sirius XM show Radio Andy, Bravo host Andy Cohen broke the news of the secret Vanderpump Rules reunion taping, then dished that he had to pause his post-interview pickups because his best friend was set to announce the birth of his baby, Wyatt Morgan Cooper, at the end of his CNN show, AC360.
“I taped the Vanderpump Rules reunion on Thursday,” Cohen said on Radio Andy this week. “I don’t know, I might be breaking a little news there.”
While the Bravo host confirmed “it was a great reunion,” he dished on a major scheduling conflict as real-life breaking news hit.
“Anderson had said he was announcing Wyatt’s birth at the end of his show,” Cohen said. “And he said it was going to be around the end of the 8 o’clock hour. And we were shooting the reunion and we were just winding it up…and I was texting the executive producer Doug Ross… ‘Doug, there’s something I have to watch on TV.’”
Cohen laughed as he rehashed the story, saying he felt like “a moron” during the exchange because he couldn’t tell his producer why he had to stop taping the Vanderpump Rules reunion to watch another TV show.
“I’m like, what does he think that I mean, ‘I have to go watch something on TV.’ Like, that something’s more important to watch on TV than doing this reunion?” Cohen said.
Just like the upcoming Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion and Cohen’s own late-night show Watch What Happens Live, the Vanderpump Rules reunion was taped virtually as the cast members zoomed in via a video conference site from their homes.
The Vanderpump Rules reunion was originally supposed to film in early April but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the idea of a virtual taping was tossed around early on, original cast member Jax Taylor told Daily Mail TV he would be “so frustrated” by a remote reunion because he has “a lot to say” and feared he wouldn’t be able to get it all in in a video conferencing setting.
Jax’s wife, Brittany Cartwright, told the outlet it would be easier to “just walk out” on a virtual reunion. She noted that every season someone storms off the set during the Vanderpump Rules reunion, and that it would be way too easy to just turn off the stream during a virtual taping.
No matter how the reunion is taped, Vanderpump Rules veteran Stassi Schroeder has said it’s her least favorite day of the year. On her Straight Up With Stassi podcast, the former SURVer said she “dreads” the reunion taping every season. Stassi called the reunion “the worst day of the year,” per Us Weekly, as she detailed a grueling 14-hour day of just “rehashing sh*t.”