'Watch What Happens Live' host Andy Cohen gives up Bravo exec role, signs producing deal

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andy-cohen-development-deal-gi.jpg Andy Cohen is longer be an executive at Bravo, but he's still going to have a major presence on the channel.

Bravo says Cohen is stepping down from his job as head of development -- but he has signed a multi-year deal to develop shows for the cable channel with his newly formed production company, Most Talkative. The deal also includes a two-year renewal for "Watch What Happens Live," the late-night show he hosts, and he'll remain an executive producer of the "Real Housewives" shows and continue hosting reunion specials.

"Andy has influenced the course and the shape of Bravo tremendously over the past 10 years as a production and development executive, and as creator and host of our flagship late-night show, becoming the face of the network," says Frances Berwick, president of Bravo and Oxygen Media. "We are excited to retain him as a creative force with this new deal, which will also allow him to take 'Watch What Happens Live' and its irreverent, brand-defining humor to the next level."

Cohen says the deal is "the perfect marriage of everything I love doing -- producing and broadcasting."

Cohen came to Bravo in 2004 when it bought Trio, the cable channel he had previously worked for as vice president of original programming. Lara Spotts, currently vice president for development at Bravo, will move into Cohen's old job.
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