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Andy Cohen steps down as Bravo exec, steps up with development deal

Mazel, Andy Cohen!

Bravo announced today that one of cable’s biggest machers has inked a new deal with the network, including a first-look, multi-year development agreement and at least two more years of his boozy talk show Watch What Happens Live. And though Cohen will officially be stepping down from his position as Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Development, he’ll continue to executive produce the channel’s tentpole Real Housewives franchise — and to host various reunions and specials. Current Bravo VP of Development Lara Spotts will assume Cohen’s executive duties upon his departure. READ FULL STORY

'Queer Eye' 10 years later: The Fab Five's 'Make-better' legacy

When Queer Eye for the Straight Guy premiered in 2003, it was an instant hit. With the premise of five openly gay style experts hijacking a schlubby straight dude to give his lifestyle a reboot, the show was as entertaining as it was helpful. What wasn’t there to like about Ted, Carson, Thom, Kyan, and Jai? They were funny, they had chemistry, and they gave straight women everywhere the hope that their cavemen could be transformed using a few “hip tips.”

But Queer Eye was more than just a fun show — it was also ground-breaking. So, when the Fab Five sit down with Bravo’s Andy Cohen for the show’s 10-year reunion tonight, in addition to celebrating the fabulousness of Queer Eye, it’s also a chance to examine how this little makeover show ended up making over the mainstream media’s representation of gay men.

For the Fab Five, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (the titled was shortened to Queer Eye after season 3), was just another gig, not a vehicle for social change. “That was sort of the least, the last thing on my mind,” said grooming guru Kyan Douglas. “I think I was nervous about being on TV because I had never done that before. I think I was nervous about how this show would be received because we had five openly gay cast members that were not playing characters — that were being themselves. We were just real-life dudes that were on TV.”

“I don’t think any of us involved in the show realized the impact it would have when we were doing it,” said fashion savant Carson Kressley. “All I wanted to do was get rid of mullets and pleated khakis.” He added, “We never had a political agenda.”

EW interviewed a number of media experts and LBGT educators to find out whether they think the Bravo series had a social impact beyond the sartorial advice and fun catchphrases.  READ FULL STORY

Andy Cohen says 'nyet' to Miss Universe in Russia, citing discriminatory policies

Spectators at this year’s Miss Universe pageant can watch what happens live at the competition — but for the first time in three years, they won’t see Bravo’s Andy Cohen.

Though Cohen co-hosted Miss Universe in 2011 and 2012, he’s bowing out this year because of the pageant’s filming location: Moscow. And as Cohen recently explained to his fellow Miss Universe host Giuliana Rancic, he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”

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Adrienne Maloof doesn't attend 'Real Housewives' reunion taping, isn't coming back next season -- VIDEO

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion show is going to be missing one side of the story.

In a preview clip of the two-part reunion (which, don’t worry, will still have plenty of bombshells and crying), Andy Cohen announced that Adrienne Maloof, who finalized her divorce from Dr. Paul Nassif a few months ago, declined to participate in the reunion special – and that she won’t be returning to the show at all next year. This is on the heels of the news that Camille Grammer won’t be returning for the fourth season either.

“This season was hard on Adrienne – as you all know – a secret about her family was revealed by Brandi [Glanville] and from that moment on, Adrienne refused to speak directly about it,” Cohen explained. “We know that frustrated all of you in the audience, it frustrated all of us too…Not only is she absent tonight, but she won’t be on the show next season. [dramatic pause] Adrienne Maloof’s final act as a Housewife is not showing up tonight.”

Watch the preview below: READ FULL STORY

Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic return to host this year's Miss USA competition

We already know they have beauty and grace, but let’s hope this year’s Miss USA contestants also tout a killer sense of humor and a wicked sense of style: Bravo’s Andy Cohen and E!’s Giuliana Rancic will return as co-hosts of this year’s Miss USA competition. “Not only will we have the hottest show on the strip the night of June 3, but we are excited to welcome back Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic as hosts,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “Andy and Giuliana’s charisma and energy are a great fit for us, and it was obvious they had a lot of fun together at Miss USA last year. We are happy to have them back.” READ FULL STORY

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