‘Vanderpump Rules’ Season 8 Reunion Follows ‘RHOA’ Lead and Films Virtually
The crew of Vanderpump Rules has officially wrapped up production of season 8. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, things ended a little differently this year for the reunion. Just like the ladies of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, the SURvers went virtual and reunited through a video conference call.
What did Andy Cohen say?
Andy Cohen confirmed to his SiriusXM listeners that he filmed the Vanderpump Rules Season 8 reunion last week.
“I taped the Vanderpump Rules reunion on Thursday,” Cohen said on Andy Cohen Live. “I don’t know, I might be breaking a little news there.”
Cohen also revealed a funny bit that happened during the taping. He said that Anderson Cooper interrupted the production for a bit to tell him he was going to announce the birth of his baby son.
“Hilariously, Anderson had said he was announcing Wyatt’s birth at the end of his show, and he said it was gonna be around the end of the eight o’clock hour,” Cohen added. “And we were shooting the reunion and we were just winding it up and I was texting the executive producer, Doug Ross.”
The Bravo late-night host said that producers wanted him to shoot other aspects of the reunion, but Cohen wanted to watch his friend on TV. He told the producer he need a moment to watch something on TV.
As of now, the cable network has not confirmed when the reunion would air.
‘RHOA’ goes virtual
RHOA Season 12 reunion also had to postpone its production as the coronavirus outbreak shut the country down. The peaches eventually met up virtually as Cohen also confirmed on his satellite radio show.
“We are going to be shooting the Housewives of Atlanta Reunion virtually,” Cohen said on Andy Cohen Live. “This is obviously not how we prefer to do it, but life is not how we prefer it right now.”
Cohen was a little upset that he was not going to be able to meet up with all the ladies for their annual reunion. However, due to the health crisis, this was the best they could do now to not compromise any of the cast or crew.
“We want to be in the same room, but we cannot risk the health and safety of the Housewives or the incredible crew in Georgia,” he added. “[RHOA] is regarded by many as the Super Bowl of reunion shows, and it is truly one of my favorite reunions to shoot, I look forward to it, and the fact of the matter is it’s either we do it this way or there’s no Super Bowl this year.”
Fans pushed back on the idea of the RHOA cast not meeting in person, but Cohen explained it was best to finish of season 12 to be ready for the next.
“If we wait for this pandemic to be over for when we all are in the same room, it’s gonna delay everything,” Cohen explained. “We need to move forward, we need to live in reality right now, and the reality is if we’re going to do this, we’re going to do this right now.”
The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 12 reunion airs on Sunday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.