Andy Cohen just couldn’t resist.
On a special celebrating the soaps, the Bravo producer and host declared them dead.
Cohen was one of the many celebrity guests interviewed for ABC’s “The Story of Soaps” earlier this week. While such notables as John Stamos and Bryan Cranston raved about the quality and the work ethic involved, Cohen couldn’t resist throwing dirt on the parade.
“We’re voyeurs, but we also love stories,” he said. “We want to be entertained, and I think that the ultimate expression of voyeurism is reality television. I know (‘All My Children’ star Susan) Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”
The soaps are generational sagas. They follow families, across decades, as they live and love. Reality TV – as personified by Cohen’s never-ending “Housewives” franchise – celebrates women behaving badly.
There’s nothing redeeming about Cohen’s pride and joy. It’s time wasted watching Botoxed beauties battle over the most insignificant grudges.
The blowback on Twitter has been fierce, deserved and, yes, even heard.
Fans referred to him as “unprofessional” and “delusional.”
“Soap Opera Digest” columnist Carolyn Hinsey responded, ” … Good stories need heroes and Reality TV has none.”
“… was there any need for #andycohen to be part of this special?” one fan posted.
“….the nerve of his egotistical ass,” another said.
Then there was this stinger from user @G_M_Cyr:
“I find it rich that someone directly responsible for the dumbing-down of America and shameless celebration of our self-serving culture makes himself out to be the poet laureate for the relevancy of daytime dramas. #NarcissistPeddler”
Cohen responded on Twitter: “I went to the interview as a soap fan prepped to talk soaps, and they asked about reality tv and I answered their questions. Sue me!”
That’s not even anything resembling an apology.
Producers may have asked questions, but Cohen needs to own up to his answers. He didn’t need to pimp his own tawdry shows, especially at the expense of the very genre being celebrated.
But you can’t expect much from someone who touts “Bravolebrities” as if that’s something that actually matters.