We caught up with Andy Cohen, Boston University grad, host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, and Executive Producer of The Real Housewives franchise, at the 8th Annual Lenny Zakim Fund Casino Night and got his thoughts on the charity, the new version of Love Connection, and upcoming projects. The annual Casino Night raised more than $300,000.
Andy Cohen at the 8th Annual Lenny Zakim Fund Casino Night on March 4, 2017.
Boston Common: Andy, it’s your first time here to host The Lenny Zakim Fund Casino Night. What does it mean to you to give back to the community?
Andy Cohen: Well I think it’s the fund giving back to the community, I’m just helping facilitate it and raise a lot of money. I love Boston, and this charity spoke to me because it’s a family affair, and I think its interesting they’re giving back to these smaller grassroots charities, and it’s going to be a great night. I love a party, and so, if there can be a party where we help raise money that’s fantastic.
How honored were you yesterday to speak to a group of students at Harvard Business School?
AC: Well, it was really meant to be about my career, what I’ve done, what I’m doing, and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. They asked a lot questions about the housewives and I’m like how is it possible all of these MBA candidates knew more about the housewives than you could believe? It was pretty amusing.
You host a live TV show [What Watch Happens Live] 5 nights a week where you and guest famously sip cocktails. Can you share with us a recent experience that the viewers didn't get to see on-air?
AC: Charlie Sheen was on recently, and I was thinking he wasn’t going to do the shotski with me because of all of his past issues. He brought this guy with him, the Navy Seal that killed Osama Bin Laden, so I started talking to him and I said “Well since Charlie’s not going to do the shotski, will you do it in his place?” And Charlie goes “are you crazy, of course I want to do the shotski.” Not only did Charlie do it, but we did our first double shotski that night because Charlie didn’t think the shot was filled up all the way.
What details can you share with us on your upcoming project where you will be the host on the Love Connection which will be airing this summer on Fox?
AC: I grew up watching the Love Connection, and this will be a refreshed version of the classic show. There is nothing that I like more than asking people personal questions about their dating lives.
You are always so well-dressed. Who is your style icon?
AC: Ralph Lauren himself, he’s amazing and I love his clothes; he’s classic and believes in great tailoring and simplicity. During New York Fashion Week, I attended Todd Snyder’s show, who used to design for Ralph, and now has his own line. This suit I’m wearing is by Todd Snyder. I also attended a dinner [during New York Fashion Week] with Diane von Furstenberg, who is my friend.
What new projects do you have coming up?
AC: I’m launching my own book imprint, thru Holt, called Andy Cohen books, mainly non-fiction. I got a new show debuting on Bravo on May 3 called Andy Cohen: Then and Now, which is like a “smart” version of I Love the Eighties. It’s a look back at events during a certain year and how those events affected pop culture today.