Andy Cohen - Putting Pop Culture Into Perspective on "Then and Now"

December 14, 2015 - Andy Cohen 12/14/2015 Views: 10,153

Andy Cohen chats about the unexpected success of "The Real Housewives" franchise and looking back at iconic pop culture moments in his Bravo miniseries "Then and Now." (5:48)

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>> Trevor: PLEASE WELCOME ANDYCOHEN!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Trevor: THE GUY FROM TV!

>> THAT'S RIGHT!

>> Trevor: YOU HAVE A FACETHAT IS SO FAMILIAR.

I DON'T KNOW IF I'VE SEEN YOU ORIF I'VE SEEN YOU.

>> I'M GLAD.

TAKE THAT AS A COMPLIMENT.

>> Trevor: IT'S A HUGECOMPLIMENT.

IT'S YOUR SMILE.

YOU HAVE ONE TO HAVE THE NICESTSMILES ON TV.

>> THANK YOU.

I APPRECIATE IT.

I WAS LOOKING AT YOUR TEETHEARLIER.

YOU HAVE NICE CHOPPERS.

>> Trevor: THIS IS A HOST BACKAND FORTH.

>> THAT IS WHAT WE DO.

>> Trevor: THANK YOU VERY MUCHFOR COMING TO THE SHOW.

YOU'RE A BUSY GUY.

I'M SURPRISED YOU HAVE TIME TOBE ON SHOWS WHEN YOU'RE ON

SHOWS.

>> YEAH, I'VE RUN AROUND A LOT.

I DIDN'T MOVE TO NEW YORK CITYTO SLEEP.

>> Trevor: I DID, ACTUALLY.

SIRENS LULL ME TO SLEEP SLOWLY.

>> FUNNY HOW YOU GET USED TOTHAT.

>> Trevor: LET'S TALK ABOUTANDY COHEN AND YOUR RISE.

YOU WERE AN EXECUTIVE AT ONETIME.

>> I WAS.

I WAS AT CBS NEWS FOR TEN YEARS,ACTUALLY, WAS BEHIND THE SCENES.

AND THEN WENT TO BRAVO FOR TENYEARS BEHIND THE SCENES, AND I'M

STILL IN CHARGE OF PROGRAMMING,AND STILL AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

OF THE REAL HOUSEWIVES.

YOU ALLUDED TO THEM EARLIER.

>> COMPARING THEM TO I.S.I.S.,I BELIEVE.

>> Trevor: WE DID NOT COMPARETHEM TO I.S.I.S.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Trevor: WE SAID THEY WERESIMILAR.

>> YES.

>> Trevor: TO I.S.I.S.

ALL RIGHT.

>> OKAY.

ANYWAY, YES, SO I WAS BEHIND THESCENES.

>> Trevor: YOU WERE BEHIND THESCENES OF REAL HOUSEWIVES, NOT

I.S.I.S.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Trevor: THAT WOULD BE WEIRDIF SOMEONE TUNED IN AT THAT

MOMENT -- I.S.I.S., I WAS BEHINDTHE SCENES.

>> THAT WOULD BE WEIRD.

>> Trevor: SO, BASICALLY, DOWE HAVE YOU TO THANK FOR REALTY

TV?

>> NO, YOU DO NOT.

BUT WHOEVER THE PERSON IS NEEDSTO BE THANKED BECAUSE THEY HAVE

GIVEN US SO MUCH.

>> Trevor: HOW DO YOU COME UPWITH THAT?

I WOULDN'T HAVE THOUGHT ANYONEWOULD BE INTERESTED IN FOLLOWING

JUST HOUSEWIVES AND, YET, YOUHAVE TURNED THAT INTO A

RESOUNDING SUCCESS.

>> WELL, I THINK IT'S REPLACEDTHE SOAP OPERA.

I THINK IT'S THE MODERN-DAY SOAPOPERA.

WE TALKED ABOUT IT WITH THE O.J.TRIAL WITH THE CLIP THAT YOU SAW

EARLIER.

I THINK TRUTH IS ALWAYS STRANGERTHAN FICTION AND I THINK WITH

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES, IT'SFASCINATING -- WE CAST

HIGHLY-VOLATILE PEOPLE, TREVOR.

SO YOU KNOW, YOU NEVER KNOWWHAT THEY'RE GOING TO SAY.

>> Trevor: I WAS LITERALLYGOING TO ASK YOU THAT.

>> YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'REGOING TO SAY OR DO BUT THEY'RE

ALWAYS BEING TRUE TO THEMSELVESAND IT'S REAL.

IT'S FASCINATING AND HARD TOLOOK AWAY.

IT'S INTERESTING STORYTELLING.

I THINK THERE IS SOMETHING ATTHE CORE THAT PEOPLE EITHER

RELATE TO OR ROOT FOR OR ROOTAGAINST OR LAUGH AT OR WITH THAT

KEEPS PEOPLE COMING BACK.

>> Trevor: BUT NOW THISTHREE-PART SERIES IS TOTALLY

DIFFERENT.

>> YES.

>> Trevor: BECAUSE A LOT OF ITIS SERIOUS, A LOT OF IT IS BASED

IN -- YOU SEE THIS WEIRD REALITYREALITY.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Trevor: NOT REALITY TV.

EXACTLY.

>> Trevor: SO YOU'RE GOINGBACK AND LOOKING AT THE NEWS AT

HOW IT HAPPENED AND THEN TALKINGTO PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY SAW IT OR

REMEMBER THE STORIES.

>> YEAH, WE TALKED TO PEOPLE WHOWERE THERE AND EXPERIENCED IT

FIRSTHAND AND WE RELATE THESTORY TO WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY,

BASICALLY, HOW WHAT HAPPENEDTHEN AFFECTS THINGS NOW.

EVERY EPISODE IS A DIFFERENTYEAR.

THIS WEDNESDAY IS 1989 AND NEXTWEDNESDAY IS 2000.

>> Trevor: I WAS WATCHING ANEPISODE, I THINK 1994 WITH O.J.

SIMPSON.

>> YES.

>> Trevor: YOU ALLUDED TO THEFACT THAT O.J., YOU THINK, WAS

PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RISEIN CRIME AND REALITY TV.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

YOU LOOK AT THE RISE OF COURT TVAND TRIALS AND, YOU KNOW, THAT

WAS THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY ANDIT WAS FASCINATING TO WATCH AND

KELLY RIPA IS ON THE SHOW ANDSHE WAS ON "ALL MY CHILDREN" AT

THE TIME THE O.J. TRIAL WASHAPPENING AND THEY WERE

PREEMPTED EVERY DAY AND SHEREALIZED THIS IS GOING TO BE THE

END OF THE SOAP OPERA BECAUSEWHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE

COURTROOM IS SO MUCH MOREINTERESTING.

>> Trevor: SO IF THAT STARTEDTHE THING WE NOW HAVE TODAY, CAN

YOU EXPLAIN HOW WE HAVE DONALDTRUMP?

(APPLAUSE)

IS THERE A THING YOU CANTRACK BACK?

>> YOU REALLY CAN'T.

I REALLY CAN'T.

I STILL CAN'T EXPLAIN THE HAIR.

SO I'M STILL FOCUSED ON THAT.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Trevor: THE HAIR IS NOTMEANT TO BE EXPLAINED.

>> NO IT ISN'T.

>> Trevor: IT'S AN EXPRESSIONOF EVERYTHING.

>> IT IS.

>> Trevor: IT'S POWER.

IT REALLY IS.

IT STARTS HERE, IT GOES UP ANDAROUND --

>> Trevor: SO YOUR SHOW, WHATFASCINATES ME, GOING BACK WITH

"WATCH WHAT HAPPENS," YOURGUESTS DRINK ON THE SHOW.

>> WE ALL DRINK ON THE SHOW.

>> Trevor: IS THAT REAL ALCOHOL?

YES.

>> Trevor: ARE YOU DRINKING ASWELL?

>> YES, WE'RE THE ONLY LIVE SHOWIN LATE NIGHT.

IF I INVITE YOU OVER AT MY HOUSEAT 11:00, THE FIRST THING I'LL

SAY IS WHAT DO YOU WANT TODRINK?

THEN I'M GOING TO TRY TO GETINFORMATION OUT OF YOU.

SO THE ALCOHOL IS VERYIMPORTANT.

IT'S STEP BY STEP.

>> Trevor: THIS IS WHAT YOU DOAT YOUR HOUSE?

>> ABSOLUTELY!

>> Trevor: WHAT KIND OF FRIENDARE YOU TO GET INFORMATION FROM

ME?

>> I'M VERY FUN!

>> Trevor: BECAUSE I HAVEPOLITICIANS THAT ARE GOING TO

COME HERE.

I WOULD LOVE TO GET PEOPLEDRINKING BEFORE THEY COME OUT.

>> GUESS WHAT, I HAVE NEWS FORYOU, I FOUND BOURBON IN MY

DRESSING ROOM.

>> Trevor: I WAS TRYING TOMAKE YOU FEEL AT HOME.

DID IT WORK?

>> HERE I AM!

ABSOLUTELY!

YOU GOT ME OUT HERE.

>> Trevor: I GOT YOU HERE.

>> EXACTLY.

>> Trevor: YOU REALLY NEED TOWATCH THIS, PART OF TWO OF

BRAVO'S "THEN AND NOW WITH ANDYCOHEN" WILL AIR ON DECEMBER

16TH AT 10 P.M. AND PART THREEWILL AIR ON DECEMBER 23RD AT

10 P.M. -- ANDY COHEN,EVERYBODY!