Andy Cohen defended Kelly Dodd Even though he disagrees with their views as he says Bravo stars shouldn’t be brought to justice because of their personal beliefs, a top manager reveals what happened behind the scenes during the show Vanderpump rules Shots.
Andy has hinted in the past that the network decided to fire Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens, and Brett Caprioni for her past, race insensitive behavior may have been a mistake.
“It is more interesting to sit with people you have a deep interest in and watch them find their way than just turn off the light and forget it exists,” he told the January New York times.
It seems Andy is stuck with that feeling, based on an interview he recently did with Vulture.
“You’re not the Obamas, okay,” he explained. “You do not hold any public office. You are a bartender and waiter in Sur.”
He was also asked Real Orange County housewives star Kelly DoddControversial comments. As fans know, she has stated that COVID-19 was “God’s way of thinning the flock,” and she also apparently mocked the Black Lives Matter movement by wearing a “Drunk Wives Matter” hat she did shared on Instagram.
Although Andy disagrees with her views and describes her stance on COVID as “bothersome”, he defended Kelly’s “openness”.
“I disagree with their point of view on COVID, but there are a lot of people who share their views,” he said. “By the way, she’s in Orange County, where their opinion is likely to be the predominant one. “
He added, “The line between celebrating someone’s openness and not liking someone’s openness is really blurring these days. Bravo is meant to be an escape, and I personally don’t think people go to Bravo because of their political and cultural views Should be tried. That doesn’t seem so funny to me! “
As for that Pump rules Crew, Alex BaskinVulture, the president of the company (Evolution Media) that produces the series, was also interviewed by Vulture about the polarizing decision to fire the stars.
“It really was clear to the audience that they expected us to take some responsibility for the people we have in the air and that it is unacceptable for us to just say, ‘We are just the watchers’ explained Alex.
He went on that the network was aware that other shows and reality stars were waiting to see how they would react to the controversy and that they felt they were setting the tone and sending a message to other Bravo talent have to.
“We all wanted to be respectful of the moment, but not the prisoners of the moment,” he said of the layoffs. “Something like that is to be one of the really hot stories. Other shows would make their decisions based on our results.”
Though Andy had hoped he would get fired Pump rules Stars would be given the opportunity to redeem themselves so that the situation can be used as a teachable moment. Alex stated that this was not possible as production had ceased due to the pandemic. As a result, there was no way to document their potential growth – or the consequences of their actions – on camera.
Even so, Alex admitted he was questioning the company’s decision to fire the stars at times.
“Is there any other way to deal with it? Potentially transform into a teaching moment? ” he said. “It’s really hard because they’re not bad people.”
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