Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Andy Cohen Comes to Northvale for Book Signing

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Andy Cohen Comes to Northvale for Book Signing

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What Andy Cohen will be signing at Books & Greetings in Northvale on Wednesday is the paperback version of the bestseller that came out a year ago -- "The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year." But Cohen, a master of self-promotion, shows no sign of deja- vu weariness. He seems enthusiastic as ever about his upcoming gig.

"I'm excited since the paperback's coming out before the holidays. I think the book is a great Christmas gift," says Cohen, host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" and executive producer of "The Real Housewives" franchise. "It's a fun book, and I want people to come meet me and I'll sign as many copies as you bring. And it's a bookstore I've never been to, so I'm excited about that. I always have great signings in Jersey."

The book's format is an homage to "The Andy Warhol Diaries," a "dishy and fun" book that Cohen, a St. Louis native, read in 1989 when he was a 20-year-old intern at CBS News and newly discovering New York City. In Cohen's book -- which covers the period from Sept. 8, 2013, to Sept. 1, 2014 -- he dishes about everything from Lady Gaga, Teresa Giudice and pal Anderson Cooper to his frustration with talk-show guest-booking wars to the online dating site Tinder to his love for his dog Wacha, whom Cohen adopted from a Jersey City animal- rescue group that had saved him from a West Virginia kill shelter.

And how is that little beagle-foxhound mix doing?

"Wacha is great," Cohen says. "He just looked up when I said his name. We are on a walk right now."

Over the past year Wacha, who has made many appearances on Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live," has himself become something of a celebrity.

"Some people recognize him before they ever see me, so it's kind of funny," Cohen says. "We've had some issues with him this year. He was definitely abused before I got him, and so, he's weirdly gotten more skittish. He must have been abused with a leash or an umbrella, so when I pick up the leash to get him, he's recoiled. And he's bitten a couple of people. I mean, I can't say it's all perfect. I'm just trying to figure out the psychology of the dog and what happened to him and how to make sure that he is safe around other people. So, it's a work in progress. But he's ultimately doing well. It's still a love story. He is my great buddy."

A passerby on the street suddenly interrupts Cohen's telephone conversation. A few seconds later, he explains, "It was someone who met me once four years ago and wanted to tell me that she had met me four years ago.... No one has respect for anyone who's on the telephone on the street. It's quite amazing."

On "Watch What Happens Live," which airs at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, Cohen, 47, is known for asking the kind of burning, often personal, questions that viewers are also wondering about. Has he ever found it hard to ask a celebrity a nosy question?

"No," says Cohen, citing the "Real Housewives" reunion shows that he hosts. "I've gotten some pretty good practice with the 'Housewives' and I think that's how I learned to be fearless, because I ask them so many personal questions that now that I have gotten big stars on, I feel pretty easy."

One of the most talked-about "Housewives" ever is Montville's Giudice, who in January began serving a 15-month prison sentence, and will, according to her attorney, get an early release just before Christmas. Then, in March 2016, her husband Joe Giudice -- who has been taking care of their four daughters during his wife's incarceration -- is expected to begin serving his 41-month prison sentence.

Last Sunday, Bravo aired the last of a three-part special called "Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In," in which Teresa Giudice's voice was heard on speaker phone during some calls home from prison. …

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