Talk show host Andy Cohen has come under fire for seemingly endorsing the rising use of Semaglutide by celebrities to lose weight.
The backlash from fans follows Cohen’s recent “Watch What Happens Live” interview with “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Dolores Catania, in which she admitted to joining the “bandwagon” of using Ozempic to lose weight.
Although he agreed with his critic’s take on the issue, calling weight loss talk a “slippery slope,” he claimed that he never complimented Catania’s weight but only noticed she was “thin.”
Read on for more details.
Andy Cohen Receives Backlash For Ozempic ‘Support’
Cohen, 54, received a ton of backlash from fans following his comments on Catania’s revelation that she uses the diabetes treatment drug to lose weight in a recent episode of “Watch What Happens Live.”
Several fans accused the Bravo king of “praising” celebrities who used the drug for weight loss, which fans pointed out made the medicine scarce for diabetic patients to use for their treatment.
Cohen spoke on the issue on his Sirius XM show “Radio Andy,” where he revealed a direct message from a fan who wondered why Ozempic had recently become a source of contention.
“Tonight was the third ‘Watch What Happens Live’ guest who I’ve heard you praise for losing weight and inquiring about Ozempic,” the post read, per HuffPost, calling out the host’s most recent interview with housewife Catania.
The “RHONJ” star divulged that she joined the “bandwagon” upon being quizzed by Cohen about her new trim look. “I wasn’t going to come to the reunion looking any bigger than anyone else, so I got on the bandwagon,” Catania said.
He Set The Record Straight
The “Sex and the City” alum agreed with his critics’ point of view as he told his show’s listeners, “Well, you know what? This woman… she’s right.”
“I said to Dolores, ‘You look great,’ and she said, ‘Yeah, I lost weight.’ I go, ‘Ozempy?’ She said, ‘Yep, you better believe it!’ I was happy that she told the truth about it, by the way, because there are so many people who aren’t,” he added.
Cohen noted that discussions surrounding weight loss can be a “slippery slope.” He also added a word of caution to his defense, stating that he never complimented Catania’s success in losing weight but only noticed she was “thin.”
“I’m trying to deliver the goods for my audience watching,” he said. “I mean, if Dolores shows up looking 15 pounds lighter, I gotta find out how it happened.”
Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro, and Rybelsus, are brand names of Semaglutide used to control high blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes and have the capacity for long-term weight management.
Andy Cohen Teases ‘Jaw-Dropping’ ‘VPR’ Reunion
According to E! News, Cohen teased the exact details of what transpired in his one-on-one sit down with “Vanderpump Rules” trio Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix, and Raquel Leviss during the series’ season 10 reunion.
During a recent episode of his SiriusXM “Radio Andy” show, Cohen called the sit-down “jaw-dropping” and emphasized how he wasn’t “overhyping” it.
The “Real Housewives” producer said that while they filmed the traditional reunion mode in which all cast members were present, he had a one-on-one sit-down with the three of them.
Cohen explained that he did it that way to “get all of their stories just in conversation with me.”
“I had my own concerns, I had my own things I wanted to confront them about,” he shared. “Things that I had noticed, so I got to do that.”
Andy Cohen Explains Tension Among ‘VPR’ Cast During Reunion Filming
The Bravo producer teased what it was like for Sandoval and Leviss to face their fellow “VPR” co-stars, confirming the intensity.
“It was a real reckoning,” he stated. “If you are looking to hear their story, you will. If you are looking for them to be confronted to their face about what they’ve done in what I would say an aggressive manner—a confrontational manner—you will get it.”
“I think that Peacock is going to release extended versions,” Cohen added. “I think you are going to get extras on Peacock, and let me tell you, there’s a lot of reckoning to get.”