The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year [NOOK Book]

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A year in the whirlwind life of the beloved pop icon Andy Cohen, in his own cheeky, candid, and irreverent words

As a TV Producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, ...

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Overview


A year in the whirlwind life of the beloved pop icon Andy Cohen, in his own cheeky, candid, and irreverent words

As a TV Producer and host of the smash late night show Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen has a front row seat to an exciting world not many get to see. In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog. We learn everything from which celebrity peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are causing trouble and how. Nothing is off limits – including dating. We see Andy at home and with close friends and family (including his beloved and unforgettable mom). Throughout, Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks about it. Inspired by the diaries of another celebrity-obsessed Andy (Warhol), this honest, irreverent, and laugh-out-loud funny book is a one-of-a-kind account of the whos and whats of pop culture in the 21st century.

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Editorial Reviews

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Bravo's Watch What Happens Next host Andy Cohen is not known for being either reticent or unopinionated. His debut memoir, you might remember, was entitled Most Talkative. In this freewheeling journal follow-up, he opens the spigot full throttle, lavishing us with confessions, gossip, pop culture obsessions, and tales about his now famous mom. A great read for fans; an amusing education for all others.

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"A remarkable book . . . It’s an important text when it comes to understanding what it is to be a gay man today."—Time

"Cable TV's dishiest guy at his dishy best. . . a glamorous, goofy look at 365 days of a charmed showbiz life."—Kirkus

"[Cohen’s] writing style is conversational and tight, infused with snarky and self-deprecating humor . . . He owns the name-dropping and navel-gazing, but has the honesty, wit and confidence to pull it off, striking a balance between being self-involved and self-aware."—The Associated Press

"A wild, starry ride."—Us Weekly

"After reading this funny, intimate, candid, honest diary of a year in Andy's life, I couldn't help but wonder, "Is Andy Cohen...Carrie Bradshaw?"—Sarah Jessica Parker

"The funniest thing I've done all year is read Andy Cohen's Diaries. He has more genuinely funny and surprising encounters with celebrities and sublebrities in a day than I do all year.  Then my name popped up. Now I just want to sue him." —Anderson Cooper

"I am not, nor have I ever been, engaged to Andy Cohen. But his book is really funny." —Sean Avery

"Andy Cohen keeps the oddest hours of anyone in the building. he comes, he goes, he comes back (in the middle of the night.) Now, I finally found out where he's going. If you ask me, nobody should be allowed to have this much fun." —Surfin Percy, Andy's Doorman

"Andy Cohen’s diaries are the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila."—Jimmy Fallon

Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-20
Cable TV's dishiest guy at his dishy best.Depending on whom you ask, the brainchild behind Bravo's Real Housewives franchise and Watch What Happens Live—as well as the network's former head of development—is either a parody of a talk show host or a true TV original. Those kinds of against-the-grain personalities generally elicit a loyal fan base, and Cohen (Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture, 2012) is no exception. In the crowded late-night landscape, his ratings remain solid, and he always lines up quality guests to do "shotskis" in his studio. His second book is a straight-up diary that his fans will relish and detractors will ignore. However, part of what makes Cohen so appealing on the page is his humility. He's well-aware of his position as a TV anomaly and often displays a gee-whiz attitude about his brushes with fame. In discussing a particularly star-filled week on WWHL, he admits, "For Cher I was excited but with Oprah I was nervous, actually shaking for an hour before the show." But everything isn't campy and fabulous: The author's story of his encounter with Conan O'Brien, in which the veteran host talked the newbie over some bumps, is almost touching, and his love for his dog is sweet and relatable. Cohen spends a lot of time discussing Housewives, so if you are not a fan of that particular franchise, parts of the narrative will drag. But not to worry: You're never more than a page or two away from some dish about Lady Gaga, Emma Stone, David Letterman and a host of other celebrities. The flamboyant talk show host delivers an entirely expected book: a glitzy, glamorous, goofy look at 365 days of a charmed showbiz life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781627792295
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/11/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 243
  • File size: 10 MB

Meet the Author

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen is the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens Live, Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show. He also serves as executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise and hosts the network’s highly rated reunion specials. He’s won an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for his work, and he lives in New York City with his dog, Wacha.

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Introduction

In July of 1989, I was a wide-eyed twenty-one-year-old intern at CBS News in week three of a love affair with New York City that rages on to this day. A pop culture obsessive, I got deeply sucked into the summer media firestorm surrounding the publication of The Andy Warhol Diaries. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy, which reportedly was full of dish about everybody in New York City, and when I did, carried it around everywhere (it was big and heavy) until I’d devoured the whole thing.

I was already a big fan of Warhol’s art, but through the book I was completely drawn into his incredibly glamorous world. I grew up in St. Louis and Warhol took me places I’d only fantasized about: inside the White House, downstairs at Studio 54 with Bianca and Halston, under the tent at Madonna and Sean Penn’s wedding, traveling by helicopter with Diana Ross to see Sinatra in Atlantic City—eleven years of this stuff! I felt like I was reading a history of exactly the things I cared about—music, art, Manhattan, and all things pop.

The Andy Warhol Diaries came out two years after his death and were a record of over a decade of his daily conversations with his secretary Pat Hackett about what he did the night before, who he saw, and what he thought. His narration is sometimes passive, but on the page he comes off droll and funny, and if you read it closely, there are clear hints of exactly who he was, what he valued, and how he lived his life. The Diaries got slammed by some critics as being nothing more than a vapid assortment of name-dropping and celebrity bashing, but to me it read like a pop culture time capsule with an overlay of commentary from a man fascinated by all facets of celebrity.

I’m obviously no Andy Warhol, but I too am intrigued by celebrity and spend most of my nights out in NYC. Twenty-six years after Warhol’s Diaries ended, I’m now a TV producer and host with my own front-row seat to a world not many get to see, in a city that I love. Now I’m going through today’s versions of the doors that I fantasized about opening when I was reading the Diaries all those years ago. The city has changed a lot since the days when he was on the scene; it seems to me less glamorous and debauched, but no less fun. For years I have told my stories to friends, and wished I kept a diary. Time and motivation were always an issue, and I needed a Pat Hackett to help me launch and record my own pop diary. I found her in my friend Liza Persky, a seasoned talk-show producer who is used to culling stories from celebrities on the phone, and a friend who got this project off the ground with me by recording the first season (Fall) of this book.

This book is my own take on Warhol’s fun concept: a year in my life, in my own words. It’s a life in Manhattan, behind the scenes of a late-night talk show, out on the town, with some stops around the world. It’s also a love story about a man and his dog.

I wrote this as I would any diary, so there are a lot of first names. Some you’ll recognize from my first book (if you read it), some won’t need any explanation, a few you might have to figure out on your own. I tried to make that as easy as possible without losing the tone of a real diary. Also I’ve left the identities of a few people opaque because I don’t want to embarrass anyone too much—or be sued or fired.

Going back and reading your own diary can be painful—and in doing so, I feel the need for some disclaimers. Sometimes—like life itself—these chronicles are funny, sometimes dishy, and sometimes even a little sad. And sometimes they are really, really shallow. Because sometimes life is shallow. I understand that and have accepted it. I hope you will too. Oh, and I drop a ton of names. More names than you can imagine. I literally almost called this book Diary of a Name-Dropper. So if you want to play a drinking game while reading this book—and that’s not a great idea and only gonna last for so long—take a swig every time you read a name you recognize.

I’ve often been asked if I would ever turn the cameras on myself and star in my own reality show—this book is about as close as I’ll get.

Oh, and one other thing. In my previous book, I wrote about my first visit to New York City in the winter of 1986 with my friend Jackie, and it bears repeating here. We’d been in the city for all of two hours and decided to take an evening stroll. Around every corner, it seemed, was a place I’d seen in a movie. My eyes were wide and lit up as bright as the city before me. Then I saw, coming toward us on Madison Avenue, a thin man dressed all in black topped with a wild white wig. It was Andy Warhol. We screamed. I took seeing Andy that night as a good omen, a sign that I had found home.

Copyright © 2014 by Andy Cohen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    Didn't Like

    I was so disappointed in this book. There were no salacious revelations, it was all stuff we heard already, except for some bland celebrities we never heard of, or benign stories of others. Andy was too careful not offend anyone. Even the housewives. I thought we'd hear some back stories about them, but no. Very disappointing, not worth the time or money.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    So, I may be the biggest Andy fan in the world. Figured I owed a

    So, I may be the biggest Andy fan in the world. Figured I owed a full disclaimer.  However, after reading this latest book, I want to sit him down and have a little chat.  Granted, I never read the Warhol Diaries, so maybe he was modeling this too much in that tone, but Andy, Andy Andy... Why so jaded?  I've met you, I love you, but I agree with another reviewer, this book didn't show you in the best light.  To hear your thoughts on the couple that won the on air wedding, while snarky and funny, was a little too mean spirited.  Maybe they deserved it, who knows, but I would bet you were super kind to them to their face and now they are reading how you really felt.  Now, as a viewer of that segment, I agree it fell flat.  And maybe because this is supposed to be an honest diary, then maybe we shouldn't expect sugar coating.  Either way, to hear about Andy's fabulous life I am in awe of the success he's made and very proud of him.  It's clear to see how hard he really works.  The schedule is over the top demanding.  Still, when it comes to having to be with just himself more than five minutes without working, he gets bored? Really?  And daily two hour massages? Was that code for something else? (you know what I'm thinking)..because if I were rich enough for daily two hour massages, I'm pretty sure I'd be the most grateful person on Earth.  

    Oh well, I have to admit, I was super sad when it was over.  Maybe because I was expected something else in the end.  Maybe I was just sad because it was over.  I still love you Andy. I'm hoping for a third book one day that will wrap up some gratitude for your fans and people that love you through it all.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2014

    I love WWHL so I really thought I would love this book, but oh m

    I love WWHL so I really thought I would love this book, but oh my god it was so horrible. He comes off as the most self centered self indulgent prick. He wrote this a if he hates his job which makes watching his show less fun too. It really changed my opinion of him and I wish I hadn't spent money on this waste of paper.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    Love me some Andy Cohen

    I read and loved his 1st book. I love his personality and watch WWHL every day, and of course the housewives franchise, so I love his books. This one in particular is written journal style over a year. Love reading about his adventures and run-ins with fancy celebs. Like reality tv, this takes your mind off the world for just a few.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2014

    I don't think Andy Cohen did himself any favors by writing this

    I don't think Andy Cohen did himself any favors by writing this book. He came off very self involved.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    I'm sorry I wasted my money. If you really want to read this,

    I'm sorry I wasted my money. If you really want to read this, I suggest you at least wait for the paperback to save some money. The only people that would like this book are the people in it and other famous people. It is filled with his friends, co-workers, acquaintances, all of the people he interacts with during his day and the reader has no idea who these people are. He takes no time to let us know who they are and he rarely even uses last names. The book is written in a way that seems to assume we should know who these people are. The only thing I found interesting in this book was seeing the glaring difference between a celebrity's life and a normal person's life, like myself. I go to work every day, maybe go out to lunch (I'm usually too busy to leave the office and eat at my desk), maybe go out to dinner, maybe meet someone for a drink or happy hour. Most of the time, I am thrilled if I manage one of these social activities. My normal after hour's workday consists of errands, gym, household chores (and other responsibilities). After everything is done, I hope to have relaxation time, with a glass of wine, before falling into bed at 11, exhausted. I work at least 10 hours a day and spend another 90 minutes in my car getting to and from work. I'm in my 40's and I AM TIRED at the end of the day. My socializing is saved for weekends. Andy's life is one social activity after another, 365 days a year. From the time he gets up until he goes to bed in the early hours of the morning, he is in restaurants, bars, at big industry events or parties, at friends' homes socializing, taping shows. He does all of these things (and more) during the course of a single day, 7 days a week. It's amazing. It's obvious that a celebrity like him does not work like the rest of us average guys. If he did, at his age, he would be too exhausted to keep up with the continual social whirlwind his life is.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2014

    Total snooze.  I thought it would be a fun, juicy, light read.  

    Total snooze.  I thought it would be a fun, juicy, light read.  He comes off as SO shallow and self-absorbed that it is difficult to be happy for him regarding all his success….and omg, enough about the dog….seriously.  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

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    I simply loved the Andy Cohen Diaries. Andy is an entertainment

    I simply loved the Andy Cohen Diaries. Andy is an entertainment industry fan living the dream life. He gets to get big time celebrities liquored up and then he interviews them on his own show. Now he has detailed a year in the life of his show in this remarkable book. Andy dishes on so many celebrities, giving the real dirt but not in a way that would offend any of his guests. Andy is a fan of these celebs himself so you can just feel his excitement about befriending them in his book.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Never heard of him or the programs

    Why do i want to read about him? these are like a long christmas letter from the person who fixed the roof in his company's greeting card. Either a moan and groan or a buy and brag

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2014

    Awful

    Boring, boring, boring. He really is a pathetic man. I don't think I can ever look at him again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    It should have been titled "A Shallow Look At A Deep Year&q

    It should have been titled "A Shallow Look At A Deep Year". The book is supposedly fashioned after the Andy Warhol diaries but doesn't even come close. Warhol told us what he actually thought about the celebrities he interacted with. Andy Cohen reveals practically nothing about what really goes on in his world. He glosses over his days of whirlwind encounters with celebrities and tells us basically nothing. Maybe when he is older and away from Bravo he will tell the real story of his time there. And yes, way too much information about that dog!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    Disappointed..

    Loved his first book and love WWHL but this book was a waste of my time and money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2014

    Andy Cohen

    I have a 50 page rule. If a book hasn't hooked me by then I am not going to like the book. I read past the 50 page rule because I like Andy Cohen. Finaly I just couldn't finish it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2014

    Not great

    Needs a rewrite!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2014

    Njg res1

    Thanks

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    Pop Culture Fun

    Love reading this pop culture behind the scenes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2014

    Recommend

    Really enjoyed this book! Each page was a fun read!

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  • Posted December 13, 2014

    Rambling

    Andy Cohen's diary is fun to read. It dishes the dirt on the stars he has interviewed on his show and his real life adventures. The entries ramble and occasionally are confusing. The part of the title about the "shallow year" is a true description. Andy and his life come off as truly shallow. The book is irreverent and funny, but Andy's shine comes off a little tarnished.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2014

    This book did not disappoint! The book allows you to follow And

    This book did not disappoint! The book allows you to follow Andy along for a year of his life during which he is so busy with his show (and hosting other events), adopting a dog and hanging out with celebs (many name drops included). Any fan of Andy and WWHL would enjoy this light and entertaining read. His time spent with his parents will make you laugh out loud!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2014

    If you've ever wanted to hang out at the clubhouse....

    I want to be one of Andy's "one name" friends.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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