Andy Cohen’s second book, The Andy Cohen Diaries, 100% quenches his fans’ thirst for everything his first book didn’t cover. What are his late-night talk show guests really like? Which famous people does he spend time with off camera? What Housewives are more difficult to deal with than the others? Here’s what I loved about the book, and Andy’s life:
1) Andy Cohen is best friends with Sarah Jessica Parker. Like, he’s the Stanford to her Carrie in real life. They get lunch and/or dinner together on a weekly basis, they see each other’s shows and attend fancy-shmancy events together. (In the book Andy mentions being friends with/spending time with a whole lot more and arguably bigger celebrities — Jerry Seinfeld, Madonna — but SJP is the one that impressed me the most/made me the most envious.)
2) Andy Cohen’s dog. Andy is still good friends/co-workers with one of his only serious boyfriends, and said ex-boyfriend urged him to adopt a dog last year. Being privy to Andy’s roller coaster of emotions about making this dog, Wacha, a part of his life was fascinating to me, and it made me feel a little better about how obsessed I am with my own dog. (They are just the best, ok?!) I have been a huge fan of Andy bringing Wacha on his show every night, and now that I know more about their relationship I love it even more.
3) Andy Cohen is kind of a d!ck, but he knows it. A lot of people have issues with his d!ckness and what he has done to our society, women in particular, but I am not one of them. I acknowledge that everything he has put on my television is complete garbage and I probably shouldn’t watch it, but I respect that he has discovered and perfected a model of reality television that has been so incredibly successful. I mean, the man has the most successful people in entertainment on his talk show — Oprah, Cher — talking about how much they love watching his shows. He knows these shows are garbage, as are the people on them, but he also knows they made him who he is today, even if who he is is quite shallow. Sorry, but I respect self-awareness above many other traits.
And here’s one thing (just one!) I didn’t like: I am a big fan of Andy’s talk show, Watch What Happens Live, but I can kind of tell when he’s not into the guests or when he’s just not in the mood, and I don’t like that this book confirmed that. More often than not he complains about having to haul @ss to SoHo to film the show or having an off night. WWHL has become so successful over the last five years and not just as a vehicle to interview Housewives after dramatic episodes, so I just wish he would have come across as a little more grateful for how it has bettered his career.
As much as I loved Most Talkative, I love this book oodles and oodles more. It’s a book I could barely put down and a book I was very sad to finish. I would read a diary about another of Andy’s shallow years any day!