Andy Cohen Cleared as Bravo Completes Investigation, Paving Way for ‘WWHL’ Renewal

Andy Cohen is continuing on with Watch What Happens Live. Bravo has renewed his much-buzzed-about late night talk show through 2025 after completing an investigation into accusations from former stars of The Real Housewives, the franchise on which he is also an executive producer.

“The outside investigation into the recent allegations made by Brandi Glanville and Leah McSweeney against Andy Cohen has now been completed, and the claims were found to be unsubstantiated,” a Bravo spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter.

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The statement came ahead of NBCUniversal’s upfront presentation set for next week and coincided with the news that the Real Housewives franchise has no signs of slowing down. New seasons of Housewives shows set in Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Miami, New York City, Orange County, Potomac and Salt Lake City will premiere in the 2024-25 season (dates have yet to be announced).

Ahead of marking his 15th anniversary with WHHL later this year, host Cohen sat down with THR for a cover story that published this week, where he addressed for the first time multiple allegations from former Housewives stars McSweeney and Glanville, as well as Caroline Manzo and Eboni Williams.

“Unfortunately, I can’t talk about some of these things,” he told co-editor in chief Maer Roshan about Glanville and Manzo alleging sexual harassment, and McSweeney’s accusations about attempts to sabotage her sobriety. “What I’ll say about the alcohol is that we have so many sober people and people who have gotten sober on the show, like Countess Luann [de Lesseps]. We have people who’ve never had a drink during the entire run of the show. Jill Zarin. Kandi Burris. Heather Dubrow will just have an occasional glass of champagne. So sure, there are people who drink. There are many people who never drink. We don’t force anyone to do anything. But no one is secretly hiding liquor bottles on set. That’s ridiculous. We’ve been very supportive of people’s sobriety.”

McSweeney filed a lawsuit in February, naming Cohen along with Bravo, NBC/Universal, production house Shed Media US, and producers John Paparazzo, Lisa Shannon and Darren Ward. She alleged a conspiracy to prey on her alcoholism to boost the show’s ratings. “[Cohen] engaged in cocaine use with ‘Housewives’ and other Bravolebrities that he employs” and rewards “‘Housewives’ with whom he uses cocaine with more favorable treatment and edits,” the suit also claimed of the 55-year-old Bravo producer and host.

Cohen denied the allegations at the time on Twitter, with a rep adding, “The claims against Andy are completely false.”

The week prior, ex-ROHBH star Brandi Glanville claimed that Cohen bragged about how he’d like to “sleep with another Bravo star” and that he was “thinking” about her, inviting Glanville to watch over FaceTime, which she called an “extraordinary abuse of power.” Cohen quickly brushed this off on X, saying Glanville was in on the lighthearted joke, but did apologize for saying something “totally inappropriate.”

Glanville herself is facing legal action brought by former RHONJ star Manzo, who accused Glanville of sexual assault while filming season four of spinoff series The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, which has yet to air.

When talking to THR about the claims around alcohol on Housewives sets, Cohen, who hosts the Bravo reunion shows, said, “We don’t need to gin up drama! Have you seen Ramona Singer on a random Tuesday at 1 p.m.? Have you ever run into Lisa Rinna at noon? Lisa Rinna does not need a glass of rosé in order to tell you exactly how she is feeling. Margaret Josephs only drinks Diet Coke, and she is a truth cannon wherever she goes. I don’t think Teresa Giudice would say that it was the red wine that caused her to flip that table! We start filming the reunions at 6 a.m. for God’s sake!”

Cohen also weighed in on calls from ex-RHONY star Bethenny Frankel for reality stars to be unionized and said that while some of these claims have been hurtful, he ultimately has no regrets.

“I’m incredibly proud of the close relationships I’ve built in my 20 years at the network,” he said. “I’m super proud of what we’ve built and of everybody who’s been a part of it. I think most people involved with these shows have been very grateful for the platform, but there will always be a few with complaints. Obviously, it’s no fun to be a target. So, yes, it’s hurtful. But I have no regrets about the way I’ve handled anything.”

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