Clayton grad Andy Cohen on getting kicked off sports team, new book, fatherhood

St. Lewis – Before stopping at his alma mater earlier this week, celebrity Andy Cohen sat down with NewsRadio 1120 KMOX about his new book, Parenthood, starting his high school water polo team, and more.

Cohen is best known for his late night talk show, Watch What Happens Live on Bravo and for the production of the “Real Housewives” franchise. He has received an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for his work and currently lives in New York City.

His new book, Glitter Every Day 365 Quotes from Women I love, has been released for the first time. It’s a collection of inspirational quotes from “the larger-than-life women who defined his life,” according to the book’s description.

“During the pandemic, I was looking for something to do as we all were, so I came up with this idea from this book — which was inspired by all the wonderful women in my world: my mom, my sisters, the housewives and the mentors,” Cohen told KMOX.

“It’s 365 quotes from the women I love. My mom is definitely there. My mom started the book on January 1st with a quote. Sometimes she’ll tell me when she thinks I’m going rogue, ‘Get out of it, Andy!’ It’s a slap in the face And it makes me take stock of whatever situation I’m in. It’s no surprise, it’s a “get yourself.”

There was one quote from his mother in particular that Cohen included when he came to her.

This is another quote found in the book because she famously said, ‘I would probably hate your wife anyway. “You know what, she would probably hate it,” he told KMOX.

“It is possible that there is a woman who is living her life peacefully in St. Louis today, without realizing that she would have made my mother-in-law terrorize her day in and day out… her quote was a relief, and she was right.”

On being a parent, Cohen told KMOX that his experience has been “fantastic, good so far.”

“I have a lot of support. I have a lot of women in my life who help me, and he makes it really easy. He’s such a fun, sweet kid, he makes it fun. I’m learning things every single day. I also think having a child later in life is really fun.”

Even with a busy schedule, Cohen said he is still able to spend time with his son.

“I try to be as relaxed as possible. You want him to know you’ll always be around, and that’s hard for me because I have a lot of jobs. I’m really in and out all day at my house. He can see me all day. I don’t leave for my show until after his bedtime.” “It really worked,” he said.

Cohen is a 1986 graduate of Clayton High School where he got into trouble for being gossip and got kicked out of the water polo team because of it.

“I was punished a lot in the Clayton school system for speaking up and speaking out. I have to say looking back at those penalties, I still have a grudge against these teachers, and I feel like they weren’t fair to me,” he told KMOX.

“Water polo, if I can compete in that tomorrow in front of the Clayton School Board, I will appear and plead my case. I have never received my letter.”

Cohen’s talkative characteristics likely aided his television career and he looked to other well-known television personalities for inspiration.

Cohen added that his talk show was influenced by a mix of Graham Norton, Howard Stern, and Larry King, however, “I try not to steal other people’s material.”


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