Celebrity Culture: Inside Andy Cohen’s fabulous life: How a boy from St. Louis became a king of New York media

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Celebrity Culture: Inside Andy Cohen’s fabulous life: How a boy from St. Louis became a king of New York media

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Andy Cohen is one of television’s most ubiquitous celebrities, appearing on television, online, and even on the radio.

After starting his career in broadcast journalism, Cohen turned his love for television into a career that’s brought him gigs alongside “Housewives,” in pageants, and even on game shows.

See how Andy Cohen went from being an intern to eventually taking over popular media.

Celebrity Culture: During his last summer in college, Cohen interned at CBS News, where he interviewed actress Susan Lucci, an opportunity Cohen has since said “changed my life.”


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Celebrity Culture: Cohen later joined the network after graduation as a news clerk with “CBS This Morning.”


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It was the first post of his 10 years at the network that included him becoming a producer on the show and primetime’s “48 Hours.”

Celebrity Culture: After four years at CBS, Cohen landed a project development role at Trio, an NBCUniversal-owned cable network.

A view of NBC’s marquee at NBC’s “Today” at Rockefeller Plaza on June 30, 2017 in New York City.

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Celebrity Culture: In addition to keeping up a daily blog about the network, Cohen began to move to on-camera opportunities.


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After hosting a web-show companion to “Top Chef,” Cohen first hosted a reunion in 2007 that featured the “Real Housewives of Orange County” cast, the first of the Housewives franchise.

“It was a real big deal,” Cohen later told People of the gig. “I was really nervous, and you can see it on how my lips are. If you ever see the show, I am trying to be comfortable, and my face is a little tense. I’m trying to be relaxed — I’m, like, pretending to be a TV host.”

Celebrity Culture: Cohen also made waves as reports called him the first openly gay late-night host.


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The executive-turned public personality had spoken openly about being gay as early as 2007, at the beginning of his rise at Bravo.

Celebrity Culture: Cohen published his first book in May 2012, titled “Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture.”


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Celebrity Culture: That same year, Cohen published his second book, titled “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.”


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Published in November 2014, the book was modeled after Andy Warhol’s published collection of near-daily diaries that captured his life among celebrities and personalities in New York City.

Celebrity Culture: He has appeared at some of the most exclusive events, accompanying his good friend, actress Sarah Jessica Parker to the invite-only Met Gala multiple times.

Andy Cohen and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City.

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Celebrity Culture: Cohen made a heavenly cameo in Lady Gaga’s music video for her song “G.U.Y.,” which debuted in March 2014.


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Celebrity Culture: In September 2015, Sirius XM announced Cohen would be developing his brand in another medium.

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart talks with SiriusXM host Andy Cohen during a visit to SiriusXM’s ‘Radio Andy’ atÊthe SiriusXM studios on January 9, 2019 in New York City.

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The company announced Cohen would curate a channel of his own name featuring shows hosted by figures including himself, Sandra Bernhard, and Dan Rather.

Celebrity Culture: In June 2016, it was announced that Cohen was launching his own imprint ahead of publishing his third book.


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Andy Cohen Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Co., was launched in the spirit of Cohen’s “unique ability to discover compelling personal narratives.”

The sequel to his best-selling “Diaries,” “Superficial: More Adventures From the Andy Cohen Diaries” was later published on November 15, 2016.

Celebrity Culture: Cohen replaced Kathy Griffin to join his good friend, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper as a “New Years Live” co-host and has been a fixture on the show since 2017.

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper host CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage at Times Square on December 31, 2017 in New York City.

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Celebrity Culture: Cooper and Cohen later launched a conversational tour series together, called “An Intimate Evening with Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper: AC2.”

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper perform during their AC2 tour at The Masonic on January 15, 2016 in San Francisco, California.

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Cooper reportedly said the show captures an intimate look at the friendship he has with Cohen, whom he’s known since both were in their early 20’s.

“We show videos — things we never show on TV — and try to surprise each other with new material because we know each other’s stories so well,” Cooper said. “We like to top each other: ‘What stories can I get Andy to tell, and how far can he go?'”

Celebrity Culture: Cohen hosted Fox game show revival “Love Connection” for two seasons before it was scrapped by the network.


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The dating show’s second season saw disappointing viewership before Cohen announced the cancellation on Howard Stern’s radio show in the summer of 2018.

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