The Andy Cohen Diaries
A Deep Look at a Shallow Year
A New York Times bestseller, The Andy Cohen Diaries chronicles a year in the whirlwind life of the beloved pop icon, in his own cheeky, candid, and irreverent words.
As a TV Producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog.
We learn everything from which celebrity peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are causing trouble and how. Nothing is off limits – including dating. We see Andy at home and with close friends and family (including his beloved and unforgettable mom). Throughout, Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks about it.
Inspired by the diaries of another celebrity-obsessed Andy (Warhol), this honest, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud funny book is a one-of-a-kind account of the whos and whats of pop culture in the 21st century.
Cohen (Most Talkative), host and executive producer of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live and executive producer of the drama-laden Real Housewives franchise, walks readers through a year of his life via this mildly entertaining diary. Those expecting insight into the inner workings of cable network programming will be deeply disappointed, as Cohen offers next to nothing in terms of boardroom drama or casting decisions, but readers familiar with his charming and occasionally catty persona will likely find themselves drawn in as he recounts fighting a terrible urge to go to the bathroom while on-air, searching for a meaningful canine companion, and handling countless celebrity interactions with aplomb and a striking amount of humility he's probably harder on himself than he is on his guests. Those expecting lightning bolts of bad taste will get their fill he's kept a jar of Lady Gaga's urine and there's plenty of celebrity dishing (Donnie Wahlberg has no problem using public restrooms, Madonna flies commercial), but his sheer delight is endearing as he recounts meeting Fred Schneider of the B-52s, watching the St. Louis Cardinals with his parents, and indulging his unabashed love for his dog, Wacha. Still, it's tough for Cohen to keep the narrative from falling into a rote cycle of lunches, late-night massages, and brief recaps of often uneventful shows ("The live show was 50 Cent and Jerry Ferrera. A caller asked how much cash each of them had and 50 pulled out ten grand in hundreds from his back pocket"), making for a book best read in small doses.
Andy Cohen Diaries
A good read if you are into pop culture and the RealHouseWives of whatever. I found his perspective a bit jaded but also humbling. From a man who dreamt
of being somebody in NY to the man who thinks he is somebody in NY and spilling the juicy details of the rich and famous. I think he could have gone deeper into the gossip but gave up enough to satisfy my simplistic vouyeristic wonders.
It reads like a name-dropper trying to impress you. He is incredibly narcissistic on tv and even more so in this book.
Names, names and more names
I like when he actually wrote about things. Majority of the time was I ate with this person, that person, my dog did this, and omg I'm going to get fat. Struggled to even get though last 200 pages because it felt like a run on sentence of names. That said I still like Andy, just not his name dropping in writing.