“Watch What Happens” star Andy Cohen has reportedly “begged” the NBC executives to choose him as a replacement for Billy Bush, the former host of the “Today” show who has been ousted after a tape recording of his derogatory comments created a stir.
“Andy believes he’s proven himself adept at the type of conversation that is required on the third hour of Today,” Radar Online quoted an insider as saying. “It’s almost like Watch What Happens was an audition for this.”
Cohen, 48, reportedly told his friends he won’t be caught foul talking like Bush.
“One thing NBC can be assured of — they won’t have to worry about Andy talking about p*ssy!” the insider added.
NBC has already distributed an internal memo to employees which confirmed the departure settlement reached between Bush and the executives. The move came in less than two weeks after a 2005 video showing Bush having lewd conversation on women with the then the “Apprentice” host Donald Trump was leaked.
According to sources, Bush is reportedly devastated with the sudden downfall in his career and is looking for an L.A-based job.
However, according to a report by the Gossip Cop, Cohen is not eyeing the position left vacant by Bush. A source close to the situation reportedly told the Gossip Cop that Cohen is not looking out for an opportunity to become the new anchor of the “Today” show following Bush’s exit.
“Andy loves hosting ‘Watch What Happens Live,’ and of course being a part of the NBC family is thrilled when he can appear on ‘Today’ as well, but he is not gunning for anyone’s job there,” the source said.
Andy Cohen is the first gay male night talk show host and has worked with Bravo for 10 years as the development head before resigning in 2013, the Morning Ledger reported. However, he maintained his hosting gig as well as his executive producer position for “The Real Housewives” franchise.