How Andy Cohen Really Felt About Working With Dan Rather
Bravo host Andy Cohen is used to getting celebrities to dish their juicy secrets on his hit show Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, especially when playing his infamous game, “Plead the Fifth.” However, that wasn’t the case during one 2017 interview with People and Entertainment Weekly’s Editorial Director Jess Cagle that took place inside of Cohen’s Plead the Fifth mobile truck. Instead, Cohen had the tables turned on him and Cohen had to share some stories of his own.
During the game, the Superficial: More Adventures From the Andy Cohen Diaries author was asked who was the most difficult to work with during his time at CBS. While Cohen is best known for his work with the Bravo network, the talk show host actually started his career as a producer for CBS. According to his bio on the BravoTV website, Cohen spent 10 years working as a producer on the shows CBS This Morning and 48 Hours from 1990 to 2000.
So when asked who he thought was the most difficult anchor and why, Cohen of course did not plead the fifth! Having spent enough time at the CBS network and knowing everyone well enough even outside of that, in true Andy Cohen fashion, he did not hold back with his answer. Cohen revealed that it was Dan Rather, yet his reason was perhaps more interesting than his choice in anchor.
Andy Cohen says working with Dan Rather was intense
Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen revealed how he really felt about working with Dan Rather during a game of “Plead the Fifth.” When asked who was the most difficult anchor he worked with during his time at CBS News, Cohen answered (via People), “I think it would be when I did a story with Dan Rather, and only because it was like maneuvering a head of state.”
He then recalled a story that proved just how high profile Rather was at the time, saying, “we were shooting a profile on Don Imus and Don Imus’ private plane got a flat tire on the runway. It was a Sunday and Dan immediately was like: ‘Does New York know about this?’ I’m like: ‘No, it just happened, I haven’t talked to New York.'” He continued, “it was literally like people in New York needed to know Dan’s whereabouts at every second. It was like being with the president. It was really intense.”
Of course Cohen went on to become quite the big deal himself. Since leaving CBS, Cohen not only became a top executive at Bravo, but also a popular talk show host and an Emmy-winning producer with his own radio channel and book imprint. Rather retired from CBS in 2005. It’s unclear if the veteran anchor is a Bravo fan, but we’re sure he’s proud of how far his former co-worker has come!
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