There have been claims for years, often from the cast themselves, that the drama on the Real Housewives shows is staged by producers.
Producer Andy Cohen has revealed how the show was created and denies that he needs to fabricate action for the show.
“It’s real,” Andy tells Attitude Magazine of what fans see on the show. So why is there so much drama in each episode? “We cast very highly volatile, emotional, driven, opinionated women, and because of that, they go to town! ” He adds of the reunion shows, “You sit down with them at the end of the season and they all have it out with each other…It’s really fun.”
Andy talks about the original idea for the show: “[They] said, ‘I have these neighbors and their boobs are bigger and their hair is blonder and they have these huge houses, and they’re unlike anything you’ve ever seen before,’” he recalls. “It was the beginning of the Real Housewives of Orange County, and in my mind I thought, ‘Well this could be like a modern soap opera,’ and that’s really what it’s become.”
“You know sometimes it just gets really personal about their family,” he admits of the fighting on the show and why it often becomes personal. “The show works so well because it’s all people who have long histories with each other. So it’s not just throwing people together in a Big Brother house and seeing what happens.”