Andy Cohen on Gay Pride, Busta Rhymes, and Real Housewives of Miami: "Mama Elsa Is Everything"
What comes to your mind when you see one of your ladies coming out with a single or hawking a wine?
[Laughs] Good for them!
What chapter was the hardest?
Telling my story of coming out was tough to write. My parents loved and supported me, but that was a tough one for sure.
You're somewhat of a gay icon.
Well, thank you. I don't feel that way, but it's nice to hear.
What do your parents think about all of this?
I think they look at me and think, Is that my kid? They really love all the madness of it all.
Has there ever been a better time to be gay in America?
No, definitely not. It's still a fight for equality, but the gay community has never had such support and love. I am so proud of who I am and what I have become, and I can honestly say that I think many gay people feel the same way.
Did you hear about the controversy with Busta Rhymes here in Miami?
I did. I think it's needed that people be accountable for their actions -- that is, occasionally the media having to bring out their faults.
Ever had a moment with a fan that gave you what Oprah would call an "a-ha moment"?
At a book signing in New York, a young gay boy and his mother came up and thanked me. That happens a lot -- I get a lot of young gay youth telling me that telling my story helped them in some way. It's hard to put into words what that feels like.
Let's talk a little Housewives -- Miami is officially signed on for season three!
They sure are. You sound surprised. I always knew it was going to do well. It's one of my favorite franchises.
I mean, season one was a bust. Season two was great. I figured a season three was in the works with an upgraded reunion.
It wasn't hard to upgrade the reunion from season one. So sad, right? I'll never do a reunion in the clubhouse again; we were on top of each other.
Who is your favorite Miami housewife?
I don't have a favorite. I am like a proud mother; I love all the ladies equally. I take that back -- Mama Elsa is my favorite. She is everything.
Mama Elsa is everything and more.