We so often think of Andy Cohen as the long-suffering mediator between furious Housewives or feuding Sex and the City actresses.
But he’s a real person with his own life outside of Bravo.
Andy stunned fans with a very happy announcement: he’s going to be a father! And the baby is coming very soon.
Andy Cohen had some of the most prominent Real Housewives stars on his talk show, Watch What Happens Live.
Kylie Richards, Vicki Gunvalson, Ramona Singer, NeNe Leakes, and Teresa Giudice were all there to witness his exciting announcement.
"I’ve always tried to be as transparent as possible about my life," Andy begins, facing the camera.
"I over share," he admits. "And I expect everyone around me to do the same."
That is a huge part of the job of many of the people who are employed by his network.
"And tonight," Andy says. "I want you to be the first to know."
Andy reveals "that after many years of careful deliberation, a fair amount of prayers, and the benefit of science …"
He continues: "if all goes according to plan, in about six weeks time, I’m going to become a father."
That is huge news! For him personally and for the audience.
Andy quickly adds that this is "thanks to a wonderful surrogate who is carrying my future."
The audience was not expecting this, and cannot help but cheer and applaud this wonderful announcement.
"Family means everything to me," Andy affirms.
"And having one of my own is something I’ve wanted in my heart for my entire life," he says.
Andy acknowledges: "and while it has taken me longer than most to get there …"
The television personality is 50 years old.
"I cannot wait for what I envision will be my most rewarding chapter yet," he gushes.
"To the viewers at home," Andy continues. "I call you my friends at home because we are friends."
That is very touching. Under other circumstances, it might be cheesy.
"You have supported me through almost 10 years," he notes. "Night after night."
It is, after all, the viewers as much as anything else that keeps a talk show afloat — or a network afloat.
Emotionally, Andy says: "This has been an incredible, joyous journey with you all."
"I am grateful to live my dream every day," Andy continues.
"And," he adds, he is "grateful to you for coming along for the ride."
Loyal fans can be difficult to come by, let alone hold onto for a full decade.
"I don’t take any of it for granted," he concludes.
The audience cheers and Kyle Richards becomes visibly emotional at the news.
This is incredibly stunning.
Andy Cohen has 50 years of life experience to bring to the table — that’s about twice what most first-time parents have to offer.
He also has, to be blunt, a hell of a lot more money to secure his child’s future.
Though Andy has been fairly direct about aspects of his sex life in the past, he doesn’t mention a boyfriend or other father for this child.
For a lot of good reasons, he also does not identify his surrogate.
He certainly has the resources to be a single parent.
Mazel tov, Andy!