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Ta-Ta! Andy Cohen Explains Why Real Housewives Get Kicked Off the Shows

They can’t all be winners! <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/andy-cohen/">Andy Cohen</a> detailed the logic behind the Real Housewives franchise’s casting equation, from <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/andy-cohen-lisa-vanderpump-is-welcome-to-return-to-rhobh/">who gets to stick around</a> to who gets the boot. <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/?p=1333758"> Biggest ‘Real Housewives’ Feuds Ever — Where They Stand Today </a> The executive producer, 51, explained the method behind kicking women off the shows in an interview with <a href="http://www.papermag.com/andy-cohen-andy-warhol-pride-2638972652.html">Paper magazine</a>, published on Wednesday, June 26. “If they become a turn-off to viewers, for whatever reason — they appear too fake, they’re not interesting, they’re not entertaining — [then they’re no longer a fit],” he said. “When people cross the line and it becomes unreal, that’s when they are out.” <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/the-biggest-real-housewives-fights-ever-a-definititve-ranking-w433501/"> The Biggest ‘Real Housewives’ Fights Ever: A Definitive Ranking </a> <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/brandi-glanville/">Brandi Glanville</a>, <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/gretchen-rossi/">Gretchen Rossi</a>, <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/alexis-bellino/">Alexis Bellino</a> and <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/jill-zarin/">Jill Zarin</a> are among the cast members who had their screentime revoked throughout the years. <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/?p=1339799"> Biggest Feuds in Reality TV History </a> Similarly, Cohen has a formula for instant fan favorites. “Someone who’s funny and unique and interesting to watch. Someone who <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/nene-leakes-disputes-andy-cohens-instagram-unfollow-claim/">has something to say</a>, and is different, surprising and just watchable,” he noted. “There’s a fine line between people who are desperate to be on reality television, and people who you want to watch on reality television. The Venn diagram of desperation and watchable, it’s a very slim thing in the middle where it overlaps, and you’re like, ‘That’s the bullseye, that’s <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/nene-leakes/">NeNe Leakes</a>, that’s <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/vicki-gunvalson/">Vicki [Gunvalson]</a>, that’s <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrities/bethenny-frankel/">Bethenny [Frankel]</a>.’” The Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen host has a “complicated” and “emotional” relationship with the reality shows’ stars. “I’m a boss, I’m a friend. … I’m an adversary, I’m a button pusher,” he told the magazine. “I’ve become <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-moms/news/andy-cohen-real-housewives-were-incredible-after-sons-birth/">legitimately friends with many of them</a>. I care about them. So it’s nuanced. And sometimes it’s great and sometimes it’s not great.” <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/shows/the-real-housewives-of-orange-county/">The Real Housewives of Orange County</a> launched the Bravo franchise when it debuted in March 2006. <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/shows/the-real-housewives-of-new-york-city/">The Real Housewives of New York City</a>, <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/shows/the-real-housewives-of-atlanta/">The Real Housewives of Atlanta</a>, <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/shows/the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey">The Real Housewives of New Jersey</a> and <a href="https://www.usmagazine.com/shows/the-real-housewives-of-beverly-hills/">The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills</a> followed, along with spinoffs in Washington, D.C., Miami, Dallas and Potomac.

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