Just what happened to Andy Cohen over the years that he wound up hosting an uninhibited late-night talk show? Andy Warhol once predicted everyone would be famous for fifteen minutes . . . and it's a message THIS Andy has taken to heart. Here's Erin Moriarty of "48 Hours":
Forty-six-year-old Andy Cohen is the Peter Pan of late-night television. If, by some chance, you've never heard of him, he's the host of "Watch What Happens Live" on Bravo TV . . . a talk show sorely in need of adult supervision.
There's blush-worthy language . . . inappropriate touching . . . and we should probably mention that he drinks on-air. So do the guests!
The show even has a bartender. Moriarty's recent appearance in that position may seem strange to you until you hear why:
"A few years back, when I was in college, I interned at CBS News for an incredible reporter named Erin Moriarty," said Cohen on his show. "How is this for a full-circle moment? She is doing a profile on me right now for CBS' 'Sunday Morning,' and she's here with a camera crew in tow. It's tonight's guest bartender, Erin Moriarty!"
Yes -- Andy Cohen started his television career at CBS News, as Moriarty's 21-year-old intern.
After college, Cohen became for a time a CBS News producer. But his real dream was to be as famous as the people we interview.
He's not only done that; he's a bestselling author, with a new book, "The Andy Cohen Diaries." It's patterned after "The Andy Warhol Diaries," published 25 years ago, in 1989.
"I've always been fascinated by celebrity, from a young age," said Cohen, "and I think that's why I connected to Warhol's diaries, because it's a pop culture time capsule."
Like the pop artist who loved bold-faced names, Cohen took notes on a year in his own fabulous life.
"November 18, 2013: Britney Spears' people asked me to interview her onstage at her album release event this Thursday in L.A."
We were with Cohen one day as he recorded his audiobook.
"June 15, 2014: Cher called today . . . "
Many of those A-list names visit him in his "clubhouse" (which is what he calls his tiny stage set).
There may be only 22 people in his studio audience, but in homes there are more than 900,000 viewers each night who know that he was born in St. Louis, and that his family ran a food business there.
He showed Moriarty a box of teabags produced by Allen Foods, Inc. "So you could be selling teabags?" asked Moriarty.
"I could be selling teabags, among other things!"
"Are you living the life you always dreamed of living?"
"I am," he replied. "One-hundred percent. I mean, it's great. There couldn't be a more pure iteration of who I am than what I'm doing every night live at 11 o'clock."
"And what does that mean? When you say that, what is that?" she asked.
"It means I am being 100 percent myself on TV."