If it were up to Andy Cohen, the executive producer of the “Real Housewives” franchise, one reality star in particular would get the boot.
That would be President Trump.
While chatting with former presidential speechwriter Jon Lovett during a taping of his podcast “Lovett or Leave It,” Cohen compared Trump to a character on the Bravo reality show.
POTUS is “like a Season 1 ‘Real Housewife’ who hasn’t figured out her hair and makeup,” said Cohen, before adding, “but he will do or say anything to stay on this show. I’m amazed he’s still on the show. I would have fired him a long time ago.”
The talk show host has seen enough parallels between the reality-star prez and the housewives’ behavior that he keeps a running tally of each incident, prefacing each tweet with “HOUSEWIVES PLAYBOOK.”
HOUSEWIVES PLAYBOOK: when you run out of intelligent arguments, head back to the playground https://t.co/MtF1RN7G8B
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) November 12, 2017
In October, the king of the housewives ticked off the go-to moves that have been used by the “Real Housewives of the White House” thus far. When Trump withdrew NBA champion Steph Curry’s invite to the White House? Cohen recognized the play: “Well this is a classic housewives move: rescind invitations liberally.”
The first-season housewife comparison has become a favorite dis of Cohen’s. He even tweeted the dig directly at Trump in March. “Sweetie you are a first season Real Housewife making stuff up to stay on the show,” tweeted Cohen in response to Trump alleging a connection between the Clinton campaign and the Russians.
Sweetie you are a first season Real Housewife making stuff up to stay on the show. https://t.co/nwHCj87vrE
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) March 20, 2017
Other members of the Trump clan have had Housewives moments themselves. The public spat between ex-wife Ivana Trump and first lady Melania Trump (guest-starring second wife Marla Maples) was so close to something you might see on Bravo even Cohen couldn’t believe it.
Need a refresher? Ivana Trump wrote a book in which she blasted Maples and later, during her PR tour, the first Mrs. Trump called herself the real “first lady.” That, of course, elicited a response from the East Wing, which described Ivana Trump’s remark as “attention-seeking and self-serving noise.”
“This is actually happening,” Cohen tweeted. “All the wives are fighting. Even I AM SPEECHLESS.”
He even offered to settle the dispute Real Housewives reunion-style. They have yet to take him up on his offer.