Is ‘The Real Housewives’ Coming To an End? Resurfaced Andy Cohen Interview Paints Grim Future

Andy Cohen is one of the masterminds being The Real Housewives franchise. The Watch What Happens Live host serves as executive producer to all of the U.S.-based city spinoffs since The Real Housewives of Orange County made its debut in 2006. However, four years ago, Cohen made a statement that has now resurfaced that’s telling of where the franchise is now and it’s not good news to fans.

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What did Andy Cohen say about ‘The Real Housewives: All-Stars?’

It was been confirmed that Peacock is developing a new spinoff of The Real Housewives. The new take is being called an All-Stars edition with ladies across all the franchises would get together and take a trip while cameras follow them.

Although the details of what the format will look like are not completely known, Cohen talked about an All-Stars edition in the past. At the time, the executive producer shot down the idea as he felt it wasn’t the moment to launch such a concept.

“You know what? We will do Real Housewives: All-Stars when the show is just about out of gas,” Cohen told Entertainment Tonight back in 2016. “So right now we had our second highest season of Beverly Hills, New York’s highest ratings since 2012, and Orange County, last season had its highest-rated season in 10 seasons.”

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Teresa Giudice, Cynthia Bailey, Kyle Richards, Kenya Moore, and Ramona Singer | Tommy Garcia/John Tsiavis/Sophy Holland/Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo

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This statement has made fans of the franchise think that The Real Housewives is coming to an end soon. Cohen said that an All-Stars edition would only happen when the show had essentially run out of steam.

“We will, and I can’t wait to do it,” Cohen added. “But it’s going to be at the end of the line … We’ll do it at the end. It’s something that we don’t waste now. We want to save it for later.”

‘The Real Housewives’ continue expanding

The format of The Real Housewives has been a success for Bravo. It all started with the ladies of Orange County and since then, the cable network expanded the franchise to other cities in the United States. Atlanta, New York City, Beverly Hills, Potomac, Dallas, and New Jersey are all cities where the show currently films. Salt Lake City recently entered the group to much fanfare. D.C. was the only franchise that only lasted for one season and was canceled, while Miami is set to make its return to Peacock soon.

Ratings for all the franchises have suffered recently as viewer habits change. With the ever-increasing options in streaming services, TV studios are concentrating their efforts there. That is the reason the Miami-based franchise is being rebooted for the NBC Universal service and now the All-Stars edition would be set there as well.

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Gizelle Bryant, Vicki Gunvalson, Kandi Burruss, Lisa Rinna, and Ramona Singer | Sophy Holland/Tommy Garcia/John Tsiavis/Bravo

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Salt Lake City might not have been a ratings success out of the gate, but fans all over social media adored it. The ladies were commissioned for a second season and they are all filming their sophomore season now.

Despite Cohen’s statement of doing an All-Stars edition “at the end of the line,” The Real Housewives format continues to thrive and the best, is yet, to come.