Fans watching Sunday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live couldn’t help but notice an awkward moment with one of the show’s guests, actor Tituss Burgess, who appeared slightly bothered by host Andy Cohen’s line of questioning. Many wondered if there was some tension over the question and Burgess took to Instagram to hash out what happened.
Burgess was asked about one of his co-stars
During the show, Cohen asked the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star about his experience with Eddie Murphy on the upcoming film, Dolemite Is My Name. The host asked: “Did you get to chat with him at all?… He was very problematic for the gays at one point when I was coming up.”
Burgess seemed uncomfortable with the question, answering, “He wasn’t problematic for Tituss, and we had a wonderful time… Any troubles he may have had with gay people I guess are gone because he loved me.” He then appeared to mouth something to someone off-camera and Cohen noticed, asking, “What are you saying, Tituss?” Burgess responded, “Keep going, girl. Do your show.”
Burgess slammed Cohen
The actor took to Instagram to explain what happened and slammed Cohen in the process, noting in the comments section of a video he had previously posted: “She can be a messy queen! Yes I said it! Don’t care he knows either! He should remember his talk show isn’t an episode of the real housewives of Atlanta! It’s a place where artists come to talk about art and have a little fun. NOT a place to rehash old rumors or bring a star negative press.”
Burgess noted: “Sunday was a display of ratchet behavior by a well connected man having blatant disregard for one of his guests. If only time were taken to know who I am and not assuming that I am the character I play on TV, he would know how to conduct a proper interview with at all!”
He continued: “I received 4 Emmy nominations for acting! NOT for being my self. He was lucky I had my wits and Christian values THAT day. Always keep it classy. Being friends with other talented celebrities doesn’t make you friends with other famous celebrities! He should rip a page from Anderson Cooper and learn how to do his job.”
Cohen shared his perspective on the interview, including how Burgess behaved after the appearance. During his SiriusXM radio show, Andy Cohen Live, Cohen explained: “He wasn’t having me. What can I tell you? From the jump. I was trying, but no idea.”
After the tense interview, Cohen explained, “He ran out of there. Did not sign the guest book — he ran out. He was like, ‘He knows I was here.’ That’s what he said to the person who asks to sign the guest book. It was something else, alright.”
The question about Murphy wasn’t the only moment that Burgess was prickly, according to Cohen, as the host brought up the musical adaptation of The Preacher’s Wife that Burgess has been working on.
Cohen noted, “I think that was the first moment that he was pissed. I said, ‘Oh, you wrote the musical for The Preacher’s Wife. And then I said, ‘I didn’t know that, that’s a great idea.’ And he said, ‘You talked about it two other times on this show!’ And I was like, ‘Ugh oh…’ I think that was the first point.”
He continued, “I’ve done 1,300 episodes. Forgive me for forgetting you wrote the musical about The Preacher’s Wife. By the way, I still think it’s a great idea. I’m still excited to talk about it. I was being supportive. But yes, I had forgotten. I’m sorry that I forgot your upcoming project. I know I shouldn’t have forgotten.”
He added that he’s had a friendly encounter with Burgess in the past, sharing, “I like the guy. I ran into him at a bar in Harlem like, eight months ago, and we had a really nice talk. So I don’t know.”
Overall, Cohen took it in stride, admitting, “He made an entertaining show, I’ll tell you that. Sometimes it’s fun to watch the show when the guest hates the host.”