It might not seem like there is anything we don’t know about Andy Cohen. The Bravo hitmaker is the host of a tell-all late night show Watch What Happens Live, in which his guests sip cocktails and spill secrets, and Cohen himself occasionally lets a little information slip.
Cohen is not only the host of the juicy talk show, he’s also the author of several memoirs, each collecting the writings of his personal diaries and divulging some of his secrets.
That all being said, Cohen seems much more into talking about other people’s fun facts than his own. Though it may be because he’s used to being behind-the-scenes of the hugely successful Real Housewives franchise, he tends to shy away from talking about the more interesting aspects of his personal life. There’s actually a lot to know about Andy Cohen that you might not find out with a very thorough reading of his diaries and some investigation beyond Bravo-lebrities.
Luckily for all of the WWHL fans, there’s still plenty to learn about Andy Cohen. Here are 10 things you definitely didn’t know about Any Cohen. Watch what happens, you’ll learn something new about this media mogul.
1. Cohen’s boyfriend, much like most of the men he has dated, is much younger.
Cohen and his boyfriend, Clifton Dassuncao, recently made headlines with their reunion. The pair had been speculated to be dating in the earlier months of 2016 after the Harvard student attended a WWHL taping and then was spotted vacationing with Cohen, but also faced breakup rumors after time apart. Cohen is 48 years old, while Dassuncao is 28.
Cohen has made no secret of his affection for younger man, often bragging on his TV shows about the men he’s dated under 30.
2. He considers himself a virgin.
Cohen identifies as gay, and though he admits to having had sex with men, he considers himself to be a virgin.
He’s often said that the loss of his virginity would be when he took part in intercourse with a woman, and though he almost had his chance during a threesome with two friends, he is still a virgin.
3. He has five favorite housewives.
Though Cohen has said he avoids major social interactions and friendships with Real Housewives stars in order to avoid playing favorites, he has listed his top five wives.
When asked who his “all stars” were, Cohen said his top five faves were Teresa Giudice, Bethenny Frankel, Erika Girardi, Kandi Burruss and Adriana de Moura.
4. Cohen screwed up his chance for a relationship with Anderson Cooper.
Cohen and Cooper were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend but Cohen supposedly violated one of Cooper’s cardinal rules before the date even began.
According to Cooper, his biggest rule is not to date anyone who has pre-existing notions for his family name. Cooper laughed about Cohen immediately asking him about his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, as the two talked on the phone before a blind date.
They remained good friends, even touring together to raise over $240,000 for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.
5. He interned with a fellow famous host.
After graduating from Boston University with a degree in broadcast journalism, Cohen interned alongside Big Brother host Julie Chen at CBS News. When the internship ended, Cohen stayed with the program for ten years before becoming a producer on 48 Hours and other shows, ending up at Bravo in 2004.
6. He had a pretty unexpected career in entertainment.
Before his fame, Cohen was a go-go dancer for the B-52’s.
7. He’s a big sports fan.
Cohen was born in St. Louis, Missouri and has been a dedicated fan of the city’s baseball team, the Cardinals, since childhood. Eventually, Cohen had the chance to throw the first pitch at a game in 2010.
Six years later he would show off his pitching skills again, later giving his parents credit for raising him to be a fan of the team.
8. He almost hosted Miss Universe.
Cohen was given the chance to host the Miss Universe pageant in 2013, but declined in protest of Russia’s homophobic laws and practices. “Their discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit,” Cohen told E! News’ Giuliana Rancic. He went on to say he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”
Cohen was actually replaced by openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, who also disavowed the country’s controversial laws but said he felt the presence of an openly gay host would actually combat the institutional homophobia.
9. His worst WWHL guest ever is a bit of a surprise.
Cohen has interviewed tons of celebrities on his talk show, and though the results are usually hilarious, he did have one unfortunate encounter with a reality star.
He revealed his worst guest ever was fitness mogul Jillian Michaels, whose behavior on the show wasn’t as shocking as her behavior after. He said Michaels “freaked out” and “was so meant to my staff. She was yelling at them like they were on The Biggest Loser.”
At least we’ll always have the iconic Oprah interview.
10. He has some high-profile former flames.
Cohen is not shy in admitting that he has dated his fair share of men. Among that group are some pretty notable exes and one-night-stands.
He admitted to Sonja Morgan in an interview that the most famous person he had slept with was none other than NSYNC’s Lance Bass.
Cohen also dated John Hill, a friend who now works on his Sirius radio show.