Andy Cohen got major backlash for the way he treated the Below Deck reunion. Fans felt he was too harsh on the women and not harsh enough on the men. They accused him of siding with the men. They also felt that the Bravo executive producer didn’t ask the right questions. The Below Deck reunion left people feeling frustrated and empty inside. Case in point was the Southern Charm and Summer House reunion episodes.
Even though Andy has avoided Twitter, he still caught wind of the backlash. He offered his side of the story during his Sirius XM radio show on Wednesday morning, Feb. 19. He admitted that he was worried that callers were going to bash him for hosting the reunion. But Andy found that most of the callers were supportive.
The Below Deck reunion host regrets asking Courtney Skippon this question
As Radar Online reported, Andy Cohen confessed that he had some regrets about his hosting abilities during the Below Deck reunion. He admitted to a caller on his Sirius XM radio show that he probably shouldn’t have asked Courtney Skippon if she and Brian de Saint Pern dated after the charter season. Andy exclaimed that the question was just a joke. There were moments in other Bravo reunions where castmates hated each other but hooked up that same night.
“So, that’s why I asked that question. Do I wish I had not asked it? Of course,” Andy admitted. “I understand how it came off. That’s why I asked that question. But yes, I got it.”
Andy Cohen finally addresses the backlash that he wasn’t hard on Ashton Pienaar during the reunion
During the radio show, he also addressed the backlash he received following the conclusion of the Below Deck reunion on Monday, Feb. 17. Fans felt that he wasn’t harsh enough on bosun Ashton Pienaar, as OK! Magazine reported. It all started when a caller defended Andy’s hosting abilities and his support for the men on the show.
Andy said that it was not his responsibility to bash the men. He feels there was plenty of bad behavior to go around, on both the men’s and the women’s sides.
“Everyone kind of behaved like a**holes at one point or another,” Andy said. “And the point of the reunion is for both sides to say what they have to say.”
He also admitted that the men treated the women poorly. Below Deck Season 7 had an obvious divide between the female and male crew members.
“So, I just want to say do I think the guys behaved horribly? Yes, of course. You can’t kiss someone who doesn’t want to be kissed. Or talk about slapping someone with your d***. And people are really upset specifically with Ashton.”
Andy still feels that Ashton is genuinely sorry. He explained that Ashton sat there for four minutes “with tears in his eyes.” Andy was genuinely moved by the bosun’s apology. That’s also the reason why he was softer on him than fans wanted him to be.
Andy Cohen admits doesn’t watch as much Below Deck as he probably should
Below Deck is one of Bravo’s highest-rated shows. But it’s still not on Andy’s radar. Fans wondered why he didn’t hold the men accountable for their actions. He claims that he only hosts the reunion shows. He has nothing else to do with them.
“I am more of a hired hand as the host of the Below Deck reunion,” he admitted. “I don’t have anything to do with Below Deck. I’m not a producer.”
Andy said that he made it clear to the Below Deck crew that fans reacted strongly to the misogyny that took place throughout the season. That’s when he admitted that he doesn’t keep up with the show like he does with the Real Housewives franchise. He gets more information prior to the Housewives reunions than he does with the Below Deck reunions.
“And so that’s part of the reason that I feel bad that I failed people because I’m not a producer of the show, as a producer of The Real Housewives of Dallas or all the Housewives. And I just feel so much more authority to sit there and be like, that’s not true. I’m not an executive producer of the show. I don’t even see cut.”
Andy admits that he has “failed” the Below Deck Fans. He even apologized during his radio show for the way he handled the reunion. Moving forward, Andy wants to “get people to own their behavior.” But he still continued to show support for Ashton.
He also revealed that he constantly asked the production team if he was harsh enough on the men. Production told him that he did a fine job. He also blamed a procedure he had done on his forehead. Andy revealed that he was “in a lot of pain” and had to take “painkillers” before hosting the two-hour reunion.
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