Andy Cohen Breaks His Silence About Criticism Over the ‘Below Deck’ Reunion

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ashton Pienaar, Andy Cohen

Bravo producer Andy Cohen provided some perception into his Below Deck reunion internet hosting job. Cohen braced himself for questions on his Sirius XM radio present on Wednesday morning however discovered most callers had been in help of how he carried out the reunion.

He began the radio present questioning why the telephone traces weren’t on fireplace with questions on his internet hosting job. Fans blasted him on social media for siding with the boys on the boat and coming down more durable on solid members like chief stew Kate Chastain.

Ashton Pienaar, Andy Cohen
Ashton Pienaar, Andy Cohen |Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank by way of Getty Images

Cohen admitted he steered away from Twitter in the previous couple of days however knew not solely followers but additionally Below Deck superfan, comic Leslie Jones weren’t proud of Cohen’s supply through the reunion.

Why did Cohen ask Courtney Skippon and Brian de Saint Pern in the event that they had been going out after the reunion?

Cohen requested stew Courtney Skippon if she and deckhand Brian de Saint Pern would think about going out after the reunion wrapped. Skippon and plenty of followers had been aggravated with the query and now Skippon and de Saint Pern are warring on social media.

“I made a joke to her at the end where I said, ‘Are you and Brian going to hang out tonight’ or something like that,” Cohen defined. “And the explanation that I did that’s the context of that’s we have now had Southern Charm reunions. We have had Below Deck reunions the place individuals hated one another, horrible issues, after which all of them exit that night time they usually get drunk after which they’ll … I come into work the subsequent day they usually’re like ‘Guess who hooked up last night.’ And I’m like, ‘You’re kidding me.’”

“So that’s why I asked that question,” Cohen continued. “Do I wish I had not have asked it? Of course, I understand how it came off.”

He thinks there was sufficient dangerous habits to go round

Another caller defended how Cohen hosted the present and supported the boys on the boat too. Cohen stated, “Everyone kind of behaved like a**holes at one point or another. And the point of the reunion is for both sides to say what they have to say.”

He agrees that the boys behaved badly. “So I just want to say do I think the guys behaved horribly? Yes, of course. You can’t kiss someone who doesn’t want to be kissed. Or talk about slapping someone with your d**k. And people are really upset specifically with Ashton [Pienaar].”

Cohen additionally reminds viewers of Ashton Pienaar’s apology too. “And I want to say that at the reunion, which is the time for both sides to say what they have to say. He sat there and apologized in a four-minute soliloquy with tears in his eyes. Typically what you look for at a reunion is some sort of apology or moving forward. So after this guy sits there and apologizes for four minutes with tears in his eyes yeah, I didn’t beat him with a club after that as I think people would have liked for me to do.”

He admits he’s not as dialed in with ‘Below Deck’ as he’s the ‘Housewives’

Many followers puzzled why Cohen didn’t maintain the boys as accountable for his or her habits as he did LeeAnne Locken throughout The Real Housewives of Dallas reunion. “I’m extra of a employed hand because the host of the Below Deck reunion,” he shared. “I don’t have something to do with Below Deck. I’m not a producer.”

Brian de Saint Pern, Kevin Dobson, Ashton Pienaar, Andy Cohen, Captain Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain, Rhylee Gerber, Simone Mashile Brian de Saint Pern, Kevin Dobson, Ashton Pienaar, Andy Cohen, Captain Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain, Rhylee Gerber, Simone Mashile
Brian de Saint Pern, Kevin Dobson, Ashton Pienaar, Andy Cohen, Captain Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain, Rhylee Gerber, Simone Mashile | Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank by way of Getty Images

“When Bravo requested me to host the reunion, I stated to all of the producers, ‘You guys, people are reacting so strongly to what’s happening within the misogyny and the entire thing.’ I need to make certain that I characterize what everyone seems to be so upset about. And in order that’s a part of the explanation that I really feel dangerous that I failed individuals as a result of I’m not a producer of the present, as a producer of The Real Housewives of Dallas or all of the Housewives.”

He says he has extra data going into the Housewives reunions. “And I just feel so much more authority to sit there and be like, that’s not true. I’m not an executive producer of the show. I don’t even see cuts. Maybe I would have watched and said, ‘Hey, can you add me being tougher on the guys’ if there’s more to that, which I would think that there was.”

What’s Cohen’s message to ‘Below Deck’ followers?

Cohen continued to handle fan outrage. “So you all feel that I failed you,” he shared. “I am sorry for that. I am trying to get to a place where you move forward and people kind of own their behavior. That is my goal, to get people to own their behavior. For me, if I sit there and I look at Ashton with tears in his eyes apologizing, do I think he’s at least making an attempt to own his behavior?”

Cohen additionally requested the manufacturing workforce all through the reunion if he was being arduous sufficient on the blokes. “We shot for over two hours and I kept saying to the control room full of women, ‘Hey, you guys. Am I being tough enough on the guys?’ Like, I want to make sure that I’m being tough enough on the guys. And they were like, ‘We’re good. We have enough stuff.’”

He added that instantly earlier than capturing, he had a process carried out on his brow and he was coping with a major quantity of ache. “I had a procedure on my forehand, I think you saw that I had a Band-Aid on my head. I had had a procedure a couple hours before I was on painkillers and I was in a lot of pain.”

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