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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.

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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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.

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

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.

Amen

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

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.

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.

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,,

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!

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

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.

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.

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!!!!

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……

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.

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.

Would have been better without him in it.

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.

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

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.

Here’s some quasi-fake news…
Airing anything in your home in which Andy Cohen gets to speak, attracts cockraches, and could possibly turn the youngun’s into roaches,
We are witnessing this, because the ‘mouse house’ is transitioning, It’s inhabitants are dead and are literally roach food. Roaches do things differently than humans do.
Protect your kids folks.
This stupid attempt to appease soapfans, to convince them that all of the cancellations were right, and we should be watching Andy Cohen instead?..
waterboarding on TV….
the latest reason you should child block, boycott ABC if you haven’t alredy.

Here’s a fact about how badly “reality TV” has damaged the USA…..

There’s over 100,000 mortals who would still be alive right now if some idiot had never put “The Apprentice” on NBC.

Not to mention the 4 soaps which are still technically alive would still be airing new episodes (thank Hell that Days is still around through August, at least… the one time their ridiculous 8 months ahead taping cycle actually paid off)

Amen, Satan!

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‘The Talk’ Renewed For 15th and Final Season to End in December; Does Its Cancellation Make Room for ‘The Gates’?

Things just got very interesting over at CBS daytime with the announcement today that The Talk is going to end its run on the network after its 15th season, and that season looks to be shortened as the series will come to its conclusion in December of 2024.

In a joint statement, Amy Reisenbach, President, CBS Entertainment and David Stapf, President, CBS Studio, shared, “The Talk broke new ground when it launched 14 years ago by returning daytime talk to CBS with a refreshing and award-winning format. Throughout the years, it has been a key program on CBS’ top rated daytime line-up as it brought timely, important and entertaining topics and discussions into living rooms around the globe.”

Reisenback and Stapf added, “It goes without saying that hosting and producing a year-round talk show is no easy task, and we express our sincere gratitude to our amazing hosts Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O’Connell and Sheryl Underwood, our Executive Producer/Showrunner Rob Crabbe and the hardworking producing team and crew.

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Giving props to those who co-hosted or worked on the show through the years including: Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen Moonves, Carrie Ann Inaba Leah Ramimi, Marissa Janet Winokur, Holly Robinson Peete, Eve, Aisha Tyler, and Sharon Osbourne, the joint statement added, “We also want to acknowledge our former show hosts and colleagues who contributed throughout the seasons. We truly appreciate the skill, creativity, and dedication everyone involved brought to the show every day.  And of course, we thank the numerous guests who appeared, and the millions of viewers who tuned in daily. For the final season, we plan to celebrate the show and give it the proper sendoff it deserves when it concludes in December 2024.”

While no firm decision or announcement has been given at this time, it seems most likely that The Talk’s time slot could be given to the new soap opera in development The Gates from CBS Studio Ventures and from longtime soap opera writer. Michele Val Jean.  As previously reported, The Gates features the lives of a wealthy Black family who reside in a posh, gated community.

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The Talk was originally the brainchild of Sara Gilbert, who had developed the show when it launched back 2010 and it replaced the beloved As the World Turns which went off the air after 54 years when CBS canceled it.

So, what do you think of The Talk being canceled? Will this make room for The Gates to begin to air in its spot beginning in 2025? Share your reactions to the news via the comment section.

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O. J. Simpson Dead at 76: Real-Life Murder Trial in Which He Was Acquitted, Changed the Trajectory of Soap Operas

Former Pro Football superstar, O. J. Simpson, who became infamous for being on trial for the murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, has passed away at the age of 76 of cancer.

Simpson’s family put out a statement sharing, “Our father, Orenthal James Simpson, succumbed to his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren. During this time of transition, his family asks that you please respect their wishes for privacy and grace.”

It was the murder trial that overtook the airwaves back in late 1994 and through most of 1995 that changed the landscape of daytime television forever, and in particular soap operas that many will recall.

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On June 12, 1994, Nicole Simpson, O.J.’s former wife, and her friend, Ron Goldman, were brutally murdered. When O.J. became the prime suspect, a wild pursuant of him by the police while in his white Ford Bronco was viewed on every network by some 95 million viewers. This June marks 30-years since the incident.

Ultimately, Simpson was charged with Brown Simpson and Goldman’s murders, though he was acquitted in what was dubbed The Trial of the Century.

The trial permeated the airwaves of every network and any time of day. Networks consistently interrupted soap operas while covering the day in and day out of the spectacle that was this star athlete and TV and film star’s trial.

With many of the soaps pre-empted on a regular basis, the public fascination of Simpson’s trial was to many better than a soap opera as it has all the ingredients. Writer Dominic Dunne noted the themes via an article in Vanity Fair of “interracial marriage, love, lust, lies, hate, fame, wealth, beauty, obsession, spousal abuse, stalking, brokenhearted children, the bloodiest of bloody knife-slashing homicides, and all the justice that money can buy.”

Because of the trial, soap operas lost a significant amount of their audiences. The murder trial went on for 11 months from November 9, 1994, to October 3, 1995.  They never were able to fully rebound as reality television became the next big thing.

O.J. Simpson is survived by four children: Arnelle and Jason, from his first marriage, and Sydney and Justin, from his marriage to Nicole Brown Simpson.

So, do you remember being frustrated that your favorite soaps could not air during the O.J. trial, or did you find the murder trial more intriuing than the soaps themselves? Comment below.

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‘Melrose Place’ Reboot in the Works with Heather Locklear, Daphne Zuniga and Laura Leighton

Looks like some of former residents of Melrose Place will be getting back together in a revival of the popular Fox primetime soap opera of the 90s.

Now comes word that original series stars, Heather Locklear, Daphne Zuniga and Laura Leighton are set to reprise their signature roles of Amanda Woodward, Jo Reynolds, and Sydney Andrews.

The project is currently being shopped and looking for a TV or streaming home and coming from CBS Studios. The new offering is written by Lauren Gussis, and in story, Melrose Place picks up years after the original series and would provide an update on the characters, one of whom may no longer be with us.

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In the premise, former residents will reunite “when one of their dearest friends dies suddenly.” However, things don’t go smoothly when old traumas, the reigniting of old romances and old resentments, and new secrets are revealed. Thus, throwing our characters into chaotic drama that’s reminiscent of the past, but with a much more modern perspective.

The original Melrose Place debuted on Fox back in 1992 and aired for seven seasons till 1999, and followed the young residents of a Los Angeles apartment complex. Locklear’s Amanda was a ruthless advertising executive. Leighton played Jane’s sister Sydney and Zuniga played photographer Jo. The cast also included: Marcia Cross, Josie Bissett, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Grant Show, Thomas Calabro, Doug Savant, Rob Estes, Brooke Langton, Lisa Rinna, Kristin Davis and Alyssa Milano.

According to Deadline, more original cast member will sign on if the show gets the green light. This is not the first time a Melrose Place reboot has made its way to television.  The CW revived the series in 2009 with a new cast which lasted only one season. However, Locklear, Zuniga and Leighton all made guest appearances.

So, do you hope a Melrose Place reboot with several of its original cast makes its way back on network TV or a streaming platform? Comment below.

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