Andy Cohen and Samantha Yanks at the cover shoot at Cohen’s home in Sag Harbor.

A Most Gracious Host

Andy Cohen truly makes me laugh. He’s savvy, creates phenomenal television programs and is absolutely hilarious. That deadpan look he gives you, then the delivery, are priceless. For me I find humor in the obvious, and it seems Andy does as well. Even if Bravo’s reality programming is slightly staged, you cannot fabricate what the subjects on shows like The Real Housewives of New York and Flipping Out will say.

On Andy’s talk show, Watch What Happens: Live, if you watch carefully (as I do), he asks his guests their opinions of the activities of other Bravo shows’ characters, creating a self-perpetuating but natural synergy and promotion of their own broadcasts. It is super branding, and that is something that fascinates me.

Bravo’s programming has changed the face of television by making us voyeurs of real life rather than scripted drama and comedy. Million Dollar Decorators, particularly because of Mary McDonald’s role on it, is my latest addiction, and when I arrived at Andy’s home in Sag Harbor, I immediately told him so. He said “It’s great, right?” with this fantastic energy.

You can tell from the world Andy has created for himself in the Hamptons that his surroundings are greatly important to him. His home is one you never want to leave, not because of its grandeur, but because of its true warmth. Surrounded by water with swans roaming to and fro and twinkling lights that lead you into a secluded sanctuary, it is heavenly. In a world surrounded by noise, Andy has found respite in the Hamptons.

Thank you for welcoming us so warmly into your home, Andy, Wölffer rosé in hand.

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