12:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Andy Cohen's Bravo Deal Extended Through 2020
Andy Cohen is staying put at Bravo.
The Watch What Happens Live host has extended his extended overall deal at the NBCUniversal cable network through 2020.
As part of the pact, Cohen will continue to host the late-night series as well as other reunions and specials for Bravo. He also continue to serve as an executive producer on the Real Housewives franchise, which he helped launch when he was a development executive at the cable company in the early 2000s. (Cohen stepped down from the executive ranks in 2013.)
Bravo's first-look development deal with Cohen's production company, Most Talkative, has also been renewed.
"Andy is a creative multihyphenate dynamo, who through his cheeky charm, fascination and fandom, makes you want to hang out with him — either on the seat next to him or on the screen in front of you,” NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Lifestyle Networks president Frances Berwick said Thursday in a statement. “He’s an integral part of the Bravo family and brand, and we can’t wait to see where he takes Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen next.”
Added Cohen, who also exec produces Watch What Happens Live, “This is the show I have dreamt about hosting all my life and it's as fun today as when we started over eight years ago. Thanks to Bravo for supplying the booze to throw three more years of great parties!"
In addition to the many hats he wears at Bravo, Cohen also hosts Fox's Love Connection reboot, which has been renewed for season two, and is the author of three New York Times best-selling books. He also has his own SiriusXM radio channel, called Radio Andy.
Cohen is also getting ready to host CNN's New Year's Eve special alongside longtime friend Anderson Cooper. Cohen replaces longtime co-host Kathy Griffin, who was fired from the cable news network after she caused outrage by appearing in a photo where she was depicted as holding the severed head of President Donald Trump.
Cohen's continued presence comes after a big year for Watch What Happens Live, which unveiled a new expanded studio (and title) and traveled to Los Angeles for a series of shows. The series also experimented in the syndication space this past summer with a six-week trial run featuring old and newer episodes of the half-hour program.
The Embassy Row production, which airs Sundays through Thursday, ranks as the top ad-supported late-night series on cable among females ages 25-54 despite increased competition in the cable late-night space from new entries like Talking With Chris Hardwick on AMC and Desus & Mero on Viceland. Cohen executive produces Watch What Happens Live with Michael Davies and Deirdre Connolly.
Cohen also continues to host reunions for Bravo's unscripted series, including the various Real Housewives iterations, Vanderpump Rules, Shahs of Sunset, Southern Charm and others. Earlier this year, he also hosted and exec produced the Bravo series Then & Now, which looks back at big years in history with newsmakers and celebrities.
Prior to joining Bravo in 2004, Cohen spent a decade working at CBS News, where he produced The Early Show, CBS This Morning and 48 Hours.
Cohen is repped by CAA.