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Exclusive: Bravo’s Andy Cohen Reveals ‘Housewives’ Secrets

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Andy CohenAndy Cohen wears a lot of hats: He's Bravo's head of programming. He's the host of Watch What Happens Live, on the same network (obvs). He's the object of Grandma Wrinkles‘ affection.

He's also the foremost Real Housewives expert, with gossip to spare.

In an interview with Crushable, Andy dished the dirt on Real Housewives of D.C., which premieres August 5 at 9 p.m. ET. “In every city we’ve done the Housewives, it feels like the real barometer of social status is money, and in D.C. that’s really out the window,” Andy told us. “It seems that it’s all about proximity to political power and we wanted to look at that and see how that comes into play. And also there are a lot of overtones of how race politics come into play in social circles in D.C.”

Andy, who revealed he's “very” involved in the casting and editing of the Housewives shows, let us in on a little of what will make D.C. different. “I think the playground that they’re in really dictates part of the story that’s being told,” he said. “And so they’re really talking about politics, they’re living in that world, they’re going to political functions, but they’re also really fun and high-end and glamorous and funny. There’s stuff that unfolds at the Salahi’s winery that is quite compelling.”

Speaking of the Salahis, we wanted to know what happened after D.C. housewife Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq crashed the White House State Dinner last fall. “It was a very intense period of time,” Andy said. “There was a discussion a couple of months later about whether they would be a part of the show. We had been shooting them for months and months and months before this incident happened, and when we looked at all the footage of everything we had and everything that had gone down, Michaele was all intertwined with Stacie and Mary and Cat that we felt like she was an essential part of the story. And so she’s in and I think that what unfolds with them is quite compelling and the incident that happened at the White House is only a very small part of what makes Michaele so compelling.”

We will get to see a little of the incident during the series, Andy promised, although “what you really see is the aftermath and you see how it affects the women, her friends.”

At the time of the incident, there was talk about the Salahis possibly not being on the show at all, since Bravo reportedly follows more women than are used in the Housewives shows. Andy agreed that happens often. “We often shoot more people than wind up in the show because we don’t know what we’re going to get,” he said. “We don’t know where the story is going to go. And we don’t know if someone is going to leave half way through, which has happened in Orange County a couple of times, and it happened in New Jersey this season.”

They're also always on the lookout for new housewives, in the six cities where they're already shooting (in addition to D.C., New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and Orange County, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was announced earlier this year), as well as in new cities. But if Andy has his eye on new cities, he's keeping mum. “I don’t want to blow it,” he told us.

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