… is Andy Cohen, Bravo’s senior v-p of production and programming. He has to be the most annoying host to be foisted upon TV viewers in a long, long time. Of course, there’s the obvious conflict of interest issue. (Did he audition himself? Yes, but claims in interviews that he did so with ”support and encouragement from my bosses. I don’t have the power to say, ‘OK, well, now I want a show at eight o’clock every night, so that’s what I’m gonna do’.”) But it’s also never a good idea to put a showbiz suit in front of the camera anyway, unless that executive has the charm and charisma of a Brandon Tartikoff (and even he had the good sense to know that a little of himself went a long way). Cohen is uber-awful. He’s Mr. Tries Too Hard because he must know he lacks the chops. Not only can’t he referee a group, he’s worse when attempting to interview: his questions are inchoate, he never asks follow-ups, and he’s uncomfortable to watch. I’m certainly not the first person to think this, and I won’t be the last. Enough already. Cohen’s bosses needed to keep him confined to the Internet where he can’t do any harm and leave on-air hosting to the pros.
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