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Andy Cohen On His ‘Story of Soaps’ Backlash: “I Went To The Interview As A Soap Fan Prepped To Talk Soaps & They Asked About Reality TV … Sue Me!”

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Over the last 24 hours, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and the creator of the ‘Real Housewives” reality-TV franchise has taken a lot of heat on social media for his comments throughout the airing of last night’s The Story of Soaps two-hour special on ABC.

Taking to Twitter to share his side of what viewers saw, Cohen expressed: “I went to the interview as a soap fan prepped to talk soaps, and they asked about reality tv and I answered their questions. Sue me!”

Looking it at from the converse side, often times talent who are going in front of the camera to be asked by a producer or journalist about a subject they thought they were answering, only to have it changed up on them, has been a common occurrence in Hollywood.

Cohen had said in the special: “I know (Susan) Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”  But along with this, and other comments, fans of the soaps thought Andy trashed the soaps, and if he was a soap fan as he said he was, he wouldn’t have painted the picture that soaps were basically inconsequential as compared to reality-TV programming.

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Some of the responses from fans since his tweet have included: “Hey Andy. I’m a huge fan of yours so I’ll be good lol. No one is mad at you answering a question but you answer was just dead wrong. Reality tv can’t replace good writing and acting.”  To, “A lot of people felt hurt and insulted after @andy remarks aired. I won’t discount a little bait-and-switch for production narrative, but usually when one’s words have unintended consequences, it’s better to respond with, “Oh no! I’m sorry; not what I intended!” not “sue me!”‘

So, what do you think about Andy’s Twitter comment trying to set the record straight?  Causing even more of a backlash? Comment below.

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Tina Gray
Tina Gray

Wasn’t a fan before. Really can’t stand him now. He’s not an imbecile. He knew exactly what he was saying. He could have answered without disparaging the soaps, instead he decided to be a moron like the stars of the crap he produces. Go away, Andy Cohen. You’re a no talent fool.

jaybird369
jaybird369

Tina…AGEEED!!!!! That CLOWN Andy Cohen has now sunk to a new LOW!!!!! Yuck.

Sassy Duck
Sassy Duck

I agree, Tina. He’s exhibited such a cavalier attitude, …”so sue me.” He ABSOLUTELY intended to yank our chains. What a slap in the face to the soap genre. HIs shows pander to the lowest form of viewer’s intelligence. Nothing about them is ‘real’, anyway. You got your 15 minutes of fame, Andy. Now, time to go away.

Marianne
Marianne

Amen

Violet Lemm 2.
Violet Lemm 2.

I think we can all agree, he’s a jerk, not only that, he’s obnoxious as hell!

Ray
Ray

I am not sure the show did daytime any favors except for a little primetime recognition. Do we need to hear or be reminded that Netflix and Hulu are fragmenting the market? Did we need to see Bryan Cranston and Demi Moore get more airtime than any of the superstar daytime stars? I was shocked how little respect “As the Word Turns” received during the show. Where were scenes with Lisa (Eileen Fulton) or Liz Hubbard with Martha Byrne? I would have loved to have seen more of the classic moments like Bo and Hope’s wedding, Mac and Rachel, some of the cast of “Santa Barbara” and “Somerset” (hello Ted Danson and Jamison Parker). Why was Susan Lucci given so much attention when current-day “GH” cast got nothing more than a cameo.

Yolanda Arias-Arenas
Yolanda Arias-Arenas

I love soaps because at the end of the day the actors go home and the drama isn’t real, no one dies, marriages don’t break up, bombs don’t kill anyone. Also, the actors can act unlike those reality show mannequins.

I hate reality TV. I used to watch it but then couples broke up and marriages ended, it’s real. I hate the real consequences of these shows. Also, the drama is made up an over the top crazy.

Cohen is wrong, the housewife shows are not as appealing as soaps. Soap operas inject better drama than what’s on reality shows. Sometimes reality is boring. I just DGAF about the housewives. Boo hoo I’m rich and bored.

Su000
Su000

real housewives of atlanta
real housewives of beverly hills
real housewives of orange county
real housewives of new jersey
real housewives of dallas
real housewives of beverly hills
I had to google them and got the list..
Its strange that there are a huge amount of women,
that are millionaires and above, that are addicts, alcoholics, sluty, criminals, phoney bodies paid for in cash, who seemingly have mental problems to behave in the way they do and to show the world their deplorable lives by participating in the shows.
(googled)

I don’t watch, but-
I have 2 acquaintances that do watch, in a weird way lol.
I have visited as they watch.. it’s crazy they, not my words theirs, bet on their sluts to out slut each other.
they watch and make fun of them in a rather raw demeaning way- not to mention what is said of their husbands, but guess its what makes it fun to watch, dunno..
– guess some like watching trashy women that need intense therapy– AHAHAAA!
and those shows are referred to as soap operas…
whoda thunk.. LOL crazy stuff,,

Violet Lemm 2.
Violet Lemm 2.

SuOOO
Oh honey, you have hit the nail, as you usually do.I am hoping Eileen Davididson from Y&R saw the light and that’s why she jumped ship before being one of the”wives”, ruined her career, I always thought she was better than that. Andy Cohen is lapping up all the publicity Iam sure. You know how they say any publicity is better then none, so sue me!

mattm
mattm

The special was terrible. Old material on soap stars long gone, looked like it was filmed 30 years ago. Expected something better.

Mark Y
Mark Y

I think Andy is laughing all the way to the bank And that’s that. But the Housewives doing it themselves? I don’t believe they aren’t prompted, cajoled, coerced etc along their way. He did soap fans NO favors on that boring show. Oh. And calling her “… the great Kelly Ripa”? C’mon.

Ellen Edvardsen
Ellen Edvardsen

Just stick with your Housewives Andy, and don’t trash our beloved soaps. Soaps and their loyal fans will be here for a long time.

Jimh
Jimh

maybe people do like that crap but give me real talented actors of daytime any day five days a week…cant compare to Bozo Cohen’s shows..seen one and cant believe people watch that-they get together gossip about each other and fight-ya, cheap all right!!!!

Kelly
Kelly

Was a bit of a fan of Andy Cohen especially when he is with Anderson Cooper on New Years Eve, but now not so much. Reality tv can NEVER replace soaps, but I’m sure they are much cheaper to produce. Good free advertising for you though Andy……

Kit
Kit

As the Brits would say, he’s a tosser. Not sure there is anyone more in love with himself than Andy Cohen. Well, maybe one person who shall remain nameless by me.

Rodd
Rodd

I agree with your last sentence. If Andy was such a soap fan why would he ever say what he said in any context and then respond to the backlash as he did. Sounds very arrogant to me.

And secondly, why was he ever included in this program in the first place? Does anyone ever associate him with some authority on the genre? His franchise is really just trashy filler, not a soap. There were soooo many other legitimate soap experts who could have been included in this show, such as Michael Fairman, (hello!), any of the folks over at SOD or the show producers, to name but a few.

Sorry, Andy, go back to your tree house and nest for a while. You really laid an egg with this one.

Momo
Momo

Would have been better without him in it.

DMRR
DMRR

I loved this show (not the Andy Cohen part, ugh). This brought back so many memories. I loved seeing my favorite couple, Sonny & Brenda. I loved seeing all of my favorites. The historic footage and scenes were awesome! Made me sad, though, to think of what has happened to the genre. General Hospital is unwatchable these days. I haven’t watched in months.

Marianne
Marianne

Andy is dead wrong, the Housewives franchise is so over. No comparison with the soap genre

Margherita
Margherita

I tried watching because I was hoping for a nice review of past history of the Soaps, but once the Housewives took over, I turned it off and deleted the DVR recording.

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