Andy Cohen and his team weren’t able to film the October 2020 wedding of Cynthia Bailey and Mike Hill for the 13th season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” despite being in production on the new episodes at the time. And, during an episode of “Watch What Happens Live” last week, Cohen explained why fans didn’t get to see the event.
“It was not, um, I’m trying to say a short way to say this, which is, there are very specific COVID guidelines for filming,” Cohen began after being asked about the ceremony by a fan.
Cynthia Bailey’s Wedding
“Her wedding did not adhere to, it wasn’t an event that we could cover so that’s why we didn’t film it,” Cohen continued.
Cohen then said that Bailey and Hill’s wedding actually resulted in a full-blown production shutdown due to the fact that it did not adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines put into place.
“We shut down production for two weeks after as well, because not everyone at the wedding had gotten tested so we then had to have everyone [do a two-week quarantine],” he revealed.
Andy Cohen Talks ‘RHONY’ Casting
During another portion of the “Watch What Happens Live” episode, Cohen was asked to reveal a dream celebrity who turned him down and refused to become a “Real Housewife.”
However, rather than reveal a name of his potential dream celebrity, Cohen recalled a time when he approached, and nearly nabbed, one particular woman in the Big Apple.
“There’s a woman in New York but I don’t know if I want to say her name because I’ll out her but she is married to someone very famous,” he shared.
Andy Cohen’s Deal Fell Through
“She is black and she was almost a New York housewife, very close, years ago, and then it all fell through,” he continued. “She really would have been great. But I’m not answering your question with a direct name. I don’t know that there is a celebrity.”
Cohen then said that when it comes to casting, he and his team don’t typically go for just anyone.
“We wouldn’t go after some random celebrity without them wanting, we wouldn’t just call agents and go after a radon [celebrity],” he explained.
Andy Cohen Welcomed Two New Women To ‘RHONY’ For Season 13
Last year, after Dorinda Medley announced her departure from “The Real Housewives of New York City” cast, the returning women of the show were joined for production by two new ladies, including Eboni K. Williams and Bershan Shaw, both of whom are Black, and both of whom will bring some much-needed diversity to the show.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” season 13 airs Sundays at 8/7c on Bravo and “The Real Housewives of New York City” season 13 premieres on May 4 at 9/8c.