Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen had some biting words for the stars of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” over their references of gay men during this season of the reality series.
“The next time you feel like saying, ‘My gays,’ replace it with, ‘My blacks,’ and see how that turns out,” Cohen said during Tuesday’s episode. “Even though some of your friends might be gay, which is great, they’re not yours. You do not own them. We are not cattle. We are not purses.”
Cohen showed viewers a montage of footage from Tuesday’s episode, which featured star Kyle Richards referring to her gay friends as “my gays.”
“Everyone in town has four or five gays,” Richards said in the clip. “They’re like girlfriends without the drama. And sometimes more drama.” The segment also featured fellow Housewife Lisa Rinna getting excited about the possibility of playing matchmaker to “her gays.”
“I let my gays down!” she gushed.
The references in the montage didn’t sit well with Cohen, who launched the popular franchise in 2006 year when he was head of development for the network. Cohen stepped down as creative executive in 2013, but still has an executive producer credit on the series in addition to his duties as host of Bravo’s late-night talk show.
Tuesday night’s episode of “RHOBH” was especially jarring considering it was about a gay mixer … with little if any dialogue from gay partygoers featured in the show.
“Watch What Happens Live” guest Lance Bass also offered his own advice to Richards, “When you throw the next gay party, call me — because that just looked awful. It was like they had leashes on them, they were just prancing around.”
The episode had fans voicing their displeasure on Twitter as well.
I don't care if their "gays" aren't offended but enough w/ the "my gays". I call u my FRIEND regardless of your orientation. #RHOBH
— mrs_julieb (@miss_julieb) February 4, 2015
— Norman D. McFall (@normanDmcfall) February 4, 2015
— AsianPosh♡ (@AsianPoshie90) February 4, 2015
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.