Andy Cohen To Pen Coming-Of-Age Memoir

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The Bravo EVP will discuss his love of pop culture and journey from a closeted gay teen to a successful out executive.

Henry Holt announced Monday it has acquired the rights to Bravo Executive Vice President and late night host Andy Cohen's untitled memoir.

The book will use Cohen's life-long love of pop culture and entertainment as a focus to tell the story of his journey from a closeted gay teen growing up in 1970s suburban St. Louis to a multi-hyphenate cable television powerhouse. Publication is scheduled for summer 2012.

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In a statement announcing the deal, Holt's president and publisher Stephen Rubin said: "Anyone who sees what Andy Cohen has achieved at Bravo knows the guy is a marketing genius.  What nobody knows as of yet, is that Andy is also a very seductive and compelling writer with a story to tell that will charm, shock and engage readers with its candor, honesty, and wit.  Andy is as irresistible on the page as he is on screen.” 

Cohen added, "I love to write and I’m thrilled that I get to share stories of my improbable intersections with pop culture that have enriched my life.

As a teen Cohen's love of such hit TV shows as The Brady Bunch, Laverne & Shirley, and Donnie and Marie led him to move to New York in his twenties to pursue a career in entertainment. He landed his first job at CBS News, where he eventually rose to senior producer on CBS This Morning and 48 Hours.  He moved on to a programming job at NBC Universal’s TRIO before assuming his current position as head of original programming for Bravo.

Among the Bravo hits that Cohen has shepherded to the small screen are Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, Project Runway, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.  He has won both an Emmy and a Peabody Award and Out Magazine named him the hottest blogger of 2006.  Henry Holt promises Cohen's memoir "will include many hilarious moments of mishaps on the set and while on assignment, and tell of his coming-of-age social life filled with antics and mayhem."

Cohen is repped by CAA. Terms of the deal were not announced, though Cohen reportedly received a six-figure advance for the book.