Why Andy Cohen Felt 'Salty' About “WWHL” Being Left Out of the 'Late-Night Conversation': 'This Kind of Sucks'

'Watch What Happens Live' will celebrate its 15th anniversary later this month

<p>Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty</p> Andy Cohen on

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Andy Cohen on 'Watch What Happens Live'

Andy Cohen wants Watch What Happens Live to get the flowers he believes it deserves.

While reflecting on 15 years of hosting WWHL, the Bravo mogul, 56, opened up about his time on the late-night show and why he felt the program still hasn't received proper recognition in comparison to other late-night television shows.

“I was very conscious that I wanted to be part of the late-night conversation,” he told Deadline while discussing a September 2015 Vanity Fair article that highlighted 10 male late-night television hosts, including Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, Bill Maher, Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers and Larry Wilmore.

Cohen admitted that he felt "salty" about being excluded from the feature, especially since WWHL had been on the air for six years at that point, and recalled thinking that "this kind of sucks."

“I know what we’re doing; I know what it means to people and I know what it means to me," he continued, noting that he believes the show is "discounted" from the conversation because he is an interviewer and not a comedian.

Watch What Happens Live is very modern late-night talk show. We live in an age where everyone is a star because of reality TV.”

<p>Charles Sykes/Bravo via Getty</p> Andy Cohen on 'Watch What Happens Live'

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Andy Cohen on 'Watch What Happens Live'

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WWHL began in 2009 when Cohen stepped from behind the cameras as an executive at Bravo to hosting and executive producing the late-night show. It aired twice a week on the network. The original set, which lacked air conditioning, was modeled after Cohen’s own apartment, including his own furniture. After taping, Cohen would celebrate at the Boom Boom Room at the top of The Standard hotel.

In 2012, WWHL moved from two days a week to five days a week. The show currently airs Sunday through Thursday, with episodes landing on Peacock the next day.

Alongside WWHL's fair share of high-profile guests, like Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Clinton, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Reynolds and more, the talk show also hosts a variety of Bravolebrities who like to dish on their costars and sees guests participating in games like Plead the Fifth and Never Have I Ever.

“When Scandoval exploded, [WWHL] was getting a million viewers live on Tuesday nights, and it was fantastic,” he recalled.

Unlike traditional late-night shows, Cohen doesn't perform a live monologue or pre-show interviews, and WWHL airs for 30 minutes rather than an hour. He also emphasized how “danger is baked in” to the format because the show is broadcast live rather than being pre-taped.

<p>Charles Sykes/Bravo</p> (L-R) Andy Cohen, Jenna Lyons and Julia Fox on 'Watch What Happens Live'

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(L-R) Andy Cohen, Jenna Lyons and Julia Fox on 'Watch What Happens Live'

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Later this month, Cohen — who made history as late-night TV’s first gay host — will celebrate 15 years of his Bravo late-night show with a primetime special that will feature “hilarious hijinks, unpredictable surprises and a jam-packed lineup of celebrity and Bravolebrity guests,” according to a release from Bravo.

“Fifteen is my new lucky number!” Cohen said in a statement. “I can’t wait to celebrate the WWHL legacy. Thank you to Bravo for always having faith in our little late-night show that could — allowing me to ‘go there,’ play ridiculous games, host incredible guests and generate endless watercooler talk. This is my dream job, and I hope I never wake up.”

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Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen airs Sunday through Thursday nights on Bravo (check local listings). The WWHL 15th anniversary primetime special airs Sunday, June 30, at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo and will stream on Peacock the following day.

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