It’s mere miles from Washington, but Andy Cohen says don’t expect “Real Housewives of Potomac” to get political.
ITK caught up with the Bravo “Watch What Happens Live” host and mastermind behind the “Real Housewives” franchise Thursday at a party celebrating his book, “The Andy Cohen Diaries.” When asked if the just-announced reality TV series — which will follow six women in the ritzy D.C. suburb — would be political in nature, Cohen exclaimed without hesitation, “No!”
Cohen told the packed crowd at Room & Board in Washington that his network wasn’t originally “looking to do ‘Real Housewives of Potomac.’ ”
“I mean, I loved ‘Real Housewives of D.C.' I wanted to bring it back for a second season,” said Cohen of the 2010 series that ended after two of its stars, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, allegedly crashed a White House state dinner.
“But that show really got torpedoed by the ‘Salamis,’ I feel like, with the White House crash,” Cohen continued. “There was such a stink on it from those two.”
True Entertainment, the production company behind “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” brought the potential cast for a Potomac version of the series to Cohen and his team, he said. “[They] found this incredible group of women who live in Potomac and they’re great. They’re stars.”
Cohen revealed a bit more, saying, “We looked at it and the whole time it seemed like, wow, this could be a ‘Housewives.’ ”
“I saw a cut of the first episode, I said, ‘This is a ‘Housewives,’ 100 percent.’ ”
The women who star in the show — including a former Miss District of Columbia Pageant winner, a publicist, a restaurateur, and the wife of a former Washington Wizards coach — are “very into where they live. They’re very into etiquette. They’re very serious about the way people live and the rules about the way people live,” according to Cohen.