Andy Cohen News: 'Real Housewives' Creator Claims Bravo Reality Series Nearly Didn't Happen [VIDEO]
Bravo's successful Real Housewives franchise was "almost" canceled before it aired.
During a new interview, the Real Housewives creator, Andy Cohen, revealed why the series, which now takes place in several cities, including Atlanta, Beverly Hills and Miami, was nearly a no-go.
"I thought we almost killed that show—it was so plagued in season 1 with troubles in the edit room," Cohen revealed to Entertainment Weekly, according to a Bravo report on Wednesday. "We wound up getting rid of the original producers. We brought someone else in. It was a nightmare to produce. And we contemplated for a moment saying, 'Well, should we just scrap this?' I mean, thank god we didn't do it."
After launching The Real Housewives of Orange County in 2006, the network moved forward with several other franchises, including The Real Housewives of New York City and The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2008, The Real Housewives of New Jersey in 2009, The Real Housewives of D.C. and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills in 2010, and The Real Housewives of Miami in 2011.
As for casting, Cohen claimed he always tries to hire "real" women, who bring nothing but honesty to the show. However, when it comes to filming, not everyone hits the mark for fans.
"Our viewers are so smart," he said. "They can tell when someone's faking it or they're pandering to the audience or they're trying to manipulate the story so that people view them in a different way. They can just tell and it always winds up coming back to them."