Andy Cohen Says He's 'Nervous' About Mike Pence on 'Bill Maher,' Talks #MeToo In Hollywood
The “Watch What Happens Live” host commends the Bravo audience for their intelligence while appearing on HBO.
Andy Cohen stopped by "Real Time With Bill Maher," where he talked about sexual harassment in Hollywood and the LGBTQ community, and shared his concerns about Vice President Mike Pence.
The Bravo host — who Maher called a "palette cleanser" due to his positive demeanor — joined politician Jason Kander, activist Maya Wiley and political commentator Jonathan Chait for Friday’s episode, where he was asked about the responsibility of the entertainment industry in setting a good example for its viewers.
"I think for us, Bravo has the most educated audience on cable outside of all the cable news channels," he said. "Smart people can watch stupid shit, absolutely," Maher said, agreeing with the statement, "And you can not make people feel guilty." Cohen added that those watching at home are smart enough not to think, "Oh, she flipped a table, should I do that? Will I be rewarded for that?"
He was also asked about how he believes the LGBTQ community has dealt with the #MeToo movement, which led to Cohen speaking more about Hollywood in general.
"We all have to watch how we speak to each other," Cohen began. "The entertainment industry is very salacious by the nature of what we’re doing. I mean, it’s looks driven, there;s a lot of jokes. There’s a lot of things that are not considered appropriate in the workplace, so I think everyone has had to look at the way that they speak to people."
"I think it’s affected everybody in Hollywood," the "Watch What Happens Live" host added. "I think it’s affected a lot of people around the country, but certainly in this business, yes, absolutely."
Mentioning the Kevin Spacey scandal, Maher asked if Cohen thought there were any similar "shoes about to drop" in the gay community. Andy’s response: "Possibly."
Wiley then pointed out how marginalized the LGBTQ community still is when it comes to protections from harassment. "I mean they’re discriminated against in housing," added Cohen. "And in employment, legally, across the country and we have a Vice President who is incredibly anti-gay and I’m nervous to see what he’s capable of."
Pence has been linked to supporting gay conversion therapy in the past, something his camp strongly denied. "The accusation is totally false with no basis in fact," his press secretary said earlier this year. A full breakdown of his stance on LGBTQ issues from Time magazine can be found here.
"Real Time with Bill Maher" airs Fridays on HBO.
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