World, get ready for more, more, more Andy Cohen.
The affable host of Watch What Happens Live and longtime Bravo producer will soon be coming to SiriusXM radio.
And no, not to host his own show—he’s developing an entire channel based on his interests and sensibilities, called “Radio Andy.”
“That’s the name we came up with, after much consideration!” he tells EW from SiriusXM studios with a laugh.
So why radio? And why now? “The idea of programming a channel that’s just based around things I love in pop culture, and people I love in pop culture was a challenge and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” he says. “It’s also a great place for me because it’s really uncensored, and I don’t have to deal with ratings. Brilliant!”
While Radio Andy is still in its early stages with programming currently being developed, one thing Cohen says to expect is the pushing of the envelope, like he already does on WWHL! (“But not like Howard,” he says. “I’m not going to have lesbians on the Sybian, but we’ll certainly talk about things.”)
As for potential guests? Anything goes. “One of the things that defines my pop culture sensibility is that it’s high and low and everything in between,” he says. “I’m just as comfortable interviewing a housewife as I am Meryl Streep or Oprah. So that’s where I’ll be coming from.”
Cohen is also about to embark on a speaking tour of sorts with his good friend Anderson Cooper, which kicks off this Saturday March 21 at the Wang Theater in Boston. Cohen says he and Cooper first met 20 years ago on a blind date. (“We both sat down and kind of went, ‘Ew,’” he says, laughing. “But sometimes that’s how great friendships are born.”)
“I am so excited,” he says of the shows, where the duo will take turns interviewing each other. “Anderson and I really represent two different sides of the brain. Talk about high and low—he’s really into world events, I’m really into pop culture, so what you get with us is a bit of everything.”
But he warns that the unrehearsed, unscripted chats between the old friends might get a little bit out there.
“We’re really dangerous together,” he says. “Things come out. We let stuff fly. I’m a little nervous, actually. I don’t know what he’s asking and he doesn’t know what I’m asking, so I think it’s going to be really interesting to see what comes out of it.”