Andy Cohen is in no rush for the start of production on “The Real Housewives of Orange County.”
Amid rumors suggesting that some of the series’ cast members could be fired ahead of season 16, Cohen spoke out about his plans for the new episodes.
“I think that show’s really important to a lot of people and it’s the mothership of all the Housewives and so we just want to take our sweet time,” Cohen told E! News during an interview on March 24.
The ‘RHOC’ Cast Is In Hiatus
“You know there used to be times between seasons where we’d say, ‘Let’s just let the Housewives live their lives and we’ll call on them in a bit.’ And I think we’re in that period in Orange County,” Cohen continued. “I think it will be good for them to live their lives and then we’ll pick it back up when we need to. We’ve got a lot of Housewives shows going in various stages of production so the good news is there’s no, we don’t have to rush it to air.”
Andy Cohen Seemingly Defends Kelly Dodd’s Behavior
During an appearance on the “B*tch Sesh” podcast earlier this month, Cohen opened up about his most controversial Orange County star, Kelly Dodd, and seemingly defended her behavior amid the pandemic.
“Here’s the thing: Kelly Dodd is from Orange County, where a lot of people share her beliefs in masks and other things,” he said. “On the one hand, she is a Real Housewife of Orange County and this is what she believes and she’s not an elected official. That’s just an amalgamation of thoughts that lead in no directions.”
Andy Cohen Looks Back On ‘RHOC’ Reunion Drama
During another interview with the Los Angeles Times, Cohen looked back on his heated conversation with Dodd during the season 15 reunion of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” during which Dodd accused Cohen of being “anti-American.”
“I thought that was such an important exchange we had at the reunion when I said, ‘I get DMs from people saying, you should be fired for promoting not wearing masks’ and she said, ‘I get DMs from people who think you’re un-American because you don’t like Trump,'” he explained.
Andy Cohen Felt The Exchanged Summed Up The Country
“I was glad she said it, because I bet she does get a lot of DMs from people who feel that way. And that is the exact representation of the country we live in,” he added. “I’ve got 50% of the people saying she’s behaving terribly, and she’s got 50% of the people saying, ‘Your boss is an a**.'”
To see more of Cohen, don’t miss “For Real: The Story of Reality TV,” which airs Thursdays at 9/8c on the E! Network, and tune into his late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live” Sundays through Thursdays at 11/10c on Bravo.