Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Ripa ... Is Bravo’s Andy Cohen booking “Watch What Happens: Live” in the Hamptons? You bet. He just reaches out to his neighbors.
We caught up with Cohen Saturday night at the Miracle House 20th Anniversary Gala, which he co-hosted with the Countess LuAnn de Lesseps at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club.
The programming force behind Bravo’s “Real Housewives,” “Top Chef, “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” "Project Runway," "Queer Eye" and more, Cohen steps in front of the camera for the reunion specials and weekly "Watch" talk show, possibly becoming Bravo’s ultimate reality star. Unabashedly himself, with a show segment titled “Mazel of the Week,” he confesses, “Yes, Jewish Moms like me.”
He also is well-liked in the Hamptons. When it premiered last year, the “Watch What Happens: Live” interactive format immediately began eliciting calls from the East End.
“The producers thought it was so funny,” he remembers. “It’s the only show on TV where people are calling in from the Hamptons.”
Hamptons buddy Sarah Jessica Parker also was tuning in. “Sarah just wanted to be on the show,” Cohen says. “She watches the ‘Real Housewives.’” Really? Those girls are the direct opposite of the “Sex in the City” soulmates. “I’ve known her for years,” Cohen admits. “I think she wanted to come on and support me.”
Jerry Seinfeld took a little more effort to book. “I reached out to him,” says Cohen. “A lot of my guests I haven’t ever met. Tracey Ullman, Jackie Collins, Tory Spelling and Rashida Jones are just people who wanted to be on the show. So it’s a fun mix.”
Fun in the Hamptons, Cohen says, is “the antithesis of what I do in the city. I really chill out, do my own thing and hang out with friends. It’s the only place I can take a nap. Last night I went to Sam’s Pizza in East Hampton, which is my favorite place out here and I was asleep by 11.”
And if you can book your famous Hamptons friends, that’s a “Mazel” too.