Twitter Is About to Eat Andy Cohen Alive After His Comment On ‘The Story of Soaps’ Aired
In particular, quite a few tweets took specific aim at Real Housewives executive producer, Andy Cohen.
‘The Story of Soaps’
The two-hour ABC special last night took a look back at the special place that soap operas have had in television, and viewers’ hearts and imaginations. It recalled the history of soap operas and brought on near and dear actors who have played crucial roles in the televised serial dramas, including Susan Lucci, Denise Richards, Deidre Hall, Donna Mills, Genie Francis, John Stamos, and more.
In announcing the much-anticipated special, ABC said in an Apr. 2020 press release, “The Story of Soaps explores how no genre of television has laid deeper roots into our cultural consciousness and serialized storytelling than the soap opera.”
“In today’s shifting television landscape, The Story of Soaps traces how female creators migrated from radio to television to become the dominant force in daytime for more than three decades. … The Story of Soaps takes an extensive look at this iconic, impactful genre and the cultural phenomenon its massive impact has had on the world at large.”
What Andy Cohen said on ‘The Story of Soaps’
Andy Cohen, also the popular host of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, said on the special last night that his executive-produced The Real Housewives franchise, has replaced the daytime soap in the hearts and minds of American viewers.
“The goals of reality TV and soap operas are pretty similar: It’s to educate sometimes, entertain always,” Cohen said. “Once you’re telling the people who were watching soaps, ‘Wait, watch this, this is compelling,’ it was pretty easy to get sucked into that. And then you’re starting to consider Court TV or CNN as a viable alternative to All My Children or One Life to Live.”
Cohen then delivered the statement that has come to be viewed on Twitter as objectionable, and even a bit self-aggrandizing.
“We’re voyeurs, but we also love stories,” he adds. “We want to be entertained, and I think that the ultimate expression of voyeurism is reality television. I know [Susan] Lucci doesn’t agree with me, but I think that the Housewives have replaced soap operas because truth is stranger than fiction. Soaps became kind of unnecessary because you could do it with real people, and they’re writing the drama themselves.”
Twitter went after Andy Cohen
After the show’s airing, indeed, most probably after the words left Cohen’s lips, Twitter blew up with soap lovers defending their beloved genre.
“Well #TheStoryofSoaps gave us a solid 90 minutes,” tweeted one soap opera defender, “before taking a wrong turn with Andy Cohen bragging, ‘The Housewives have replaced soap operas.’ Never! Good stories need heroes and Reality TV has none.”
“They could have left the smug Andy Cohen segment out,” said another. “I don’t watch reality tv, never have, and they will never replace Daytime Soaps in my world.”
Finally, another fumed, “Why was Andy Cohen allowed to hijack The Story of Soaps to shill for the Bravo channel and promote his stupid “reality” shows?! It felt like a nail in the coffin of soaps! I’m so angry.”
Andy Cohen may need to issue a clarification of his earlier statements if he wants to keep soap fans on his side.