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Andy Cohen Talks ‘RHONY’ Reboot, ‘Vanderpump Rules’ and Kyle Richards – The Hollywood Reporter

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When The Actual Housewives of New York Metropolis (RHONY) premieres its 14th season this Sunday at 9pm ET, an solely new solid of higher echelon characters shall be additional thrust into the highlight as a part of the Bravosphere.

After a tumultuous thirteenth season marred by allegations of racism among the many solid because the longstanding franchise launched its first Black solid member, Bravo and govt producer Andy Cohen changed the group of legacy apple-bearing ladies with a brand new set of rich pals and potential foes. This season, cameras will comply with the lives of vogue content material creator Sai De Silva, mannequin Ubah Hassan, luxurious actual property developer Erin Lichy, former govt inventive director and president of J.Crew Jenna Lyons, publicist Jessel Taank, and communications skilled Brynn Whitfield.

Although Cohen admits, “We’re rolling dice here” in terms of overhauling the solid, the actuality TV mogul additionally informed The Hollywood Reporter within the Q&A beneath, “We looked at so many people and we met people every way from Sunday before we wound up selecting this group. We took a lot of care in this, and I think it shows in who we actually chose.”

Before everything, I wish to ask concerning the actors strike, which is on the heart of the leisure business proper now. What impact, if any, will it have on The Actual Housewives of New York Metropolis and different Bravo franchises?

We’re coping with primarily unscripted exhibits right here. I can’t actually converse to it as a result of I’m not answerable for programming at Bravo, however The Actual Housewives of New York is wrapped, produced and completed and so it received’t have an effect on it in any respect.

By way of Watch What Occurs Stay, which is the one late-night present nonetheless operating on TV now, what would be the new technique on this present panorama?

It’ll definitely have an effect on the visitors that we’ve. I believe that each one discuss exhibits are seeing that actors, individuals in SAG, they’re not selling their movies. So, there’s going to be some challenges in who the visitors are.

Leaping into this new season of RHONY, you’ve mentioned that that is the “right group of women” to reboot this franchise. How is that this solid, specifically, a solution to the criticisms across the lack of variety and curiosity within the New York Housewives collection particularly?

What makes it the fitting group of ladies is that they’re a cohesive group. We had been on the lookout for a gaggle of pals, individuals who had present relationships. A few of them know one another, a few of them don’t. They’re humorous, they’re enjoyable, they’re aspirational, they’re trendy. They dwell their lives. They’re opening up their lives in entrance of the digicam. They’re all dynamic. They’re professionals. They, I believe, symbolize a distinct New York than we’ve seen earlier than. They’re various. They dwell all around the metropolis and it feels recent and really vibrant.

Lizzy Savetsky was slated to be part of the solid, and in November she introduced that she was exiting, largely attributable to antisemitic assaults and backlash from followers. Are you able to converse to that in any respect?

I can’t actually add to what’s already on the market. We’re focusing proper now on who’s within the present and what the present is. That occurred in perhaps the primary few days of manufacturing, and so I’ve mentioned every little thing that I’ve to about that. On numerous exhibits that we produce, we begin the season with a gaggle of individuals and typically individuals fall out for varied causes. It’s not solely… what’s the phrase? Distinctive.

How a lot of a threat is totally rebooting the New York franchise? Is that this a check run to see what different Housewives franchises would possibly want overhauling? Is there a risk of going again to the unique method?

That is going again to the unique method in that it’s a Housewives present and it very a lot seems like that. We’re rolling cube right here and I believe we’ve bought a group of individuals between Bravo, myself and Shed Media who’ve been doing this for a really very long time so, we didn’t take this frivolously. We painstakingly recast the present. We checked out so many individuals and we met individuals each approach from Sunday earlier than we wound up choosing this group. We took numerous care on this, and I believe it exhibits in who we really selected.

Jessel Taank, Brynn Whitfield, Jenna Lyons and Sai De Silva of The Actual Housewives of New York Metropolis.

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Are you able to speak about then selecting to incorporate the unique solid within the Final Ladies Journey spinoff?

We had been on the lookout for content material when Peacock was launching, and Ladies Journey was one thing that we had been speaking about for a few years. It was not a brand new thought, it was not an authentic thought. We would have liked programming that will drive viewers in demand to Peacock. This was an absolute no-brainer thought of one thing that folks actually wished to see.

Luann de Lesseps and Sonja Morgan even have their very own spinoff, Luann and Sonja: Welcome to Crappie Lake. How did that come about?

I don’t have something to do with that present. It was pitched to Bravo. I believe it’s completely sensible. I believe it’s hysterical and I believe the timing is nice as a result of it provides followers of the final many seasons of RHONY the comedy that they’re on the lookout for from Luann and Sonja.

Are there plans to maintain the unique New York solid in every other franchises past what’s been launched already?

As of proper now I believe we’re good. We’ve bought Sonja and Luann on their present, after which we’ve bought The Final Ladies Journey with the legacy RHONY ladies, and we’ve bought this. It’s a fairly full plate. It appeared like the unique RHONY ladies wished to do a women journey as a substitute of filming in New York, and we listened to them. So, we’ll see.

Branching out to the general Bravo-verse, Vanderpump Guidelines has fully burst as the primary spin-off from The Actual Housewives of Beverly Hills. How has that success raised the stakes for the fact franchise and the expectations round new Bravo collection?

I believe that the one stakes it raises are that we’re all the time reactive to non-public tales occurring in individuals’s lives which can be featured on our exhibits, as we all the time have been. And I believe this was an instance of that. The final season of Vanderpump Guidelines was actually emblematic of the kind of nonfiction storytelling that Bravo has grow to be identified for.

Are you able to converse in any respect to the standing of Raquel Leviss‘ participation in season 11?

I can’t.

Have Ariana Madix and Tom Sandoval filmed collectively?

I can’t converse to something concerning what’s going to occur on Vanderpump Guidelines. We’re filming the present now, and we’re attempting to maintain it below wraps somewhat bit.

With the RHOBH solid, there’s been numerous consideration on Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky’s marriage. Cameras have been following them amid rumors of a separation and a few viewers have urged the storyline is made as much as reignite curiosity on this franchise. What do you say to that criticism?

That’s a brand new one. That’s actually silly, is what it’s. That’s too lame to even reply to, I believe.

Have you ever talked to Kyle and Mauricio? Are you aware how they’re doing?

I’ve been in contact with Kyle. I can’t actually converse for her, however I’m definitely wishing her nicely.

Interview edited for size and readability.

The Actual Housewives of New York Metropolis airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo and streams on Peacock the following day beginning at 6 a.m. ET



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