Cable TV’s dishiest guy at his dishy best.
Depending on whom you ask, the brainchild behind Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise and Watch What Happens Live—as well as the network’s former head of development—is either a parody of a talk show host or a true TV original. Those kinds of against-the-grain personalities generally elicit a loyal fan base, and Cohen (Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture, 2012) is no exception. In the crowded late-night landscape, his ratings remain solid, and he always lines up quality guests to do “shotskis” in his studio. His second book is a straight-up diary that his fans will relish and detractors will ignore. However, part of what makes Cohen so appealing on the page is his humility. He’s well-aware of his position as a TV anomaly and often displays a gee-whiz attitude about his brushes with fame. In discussing a particularly star-filled week on WWHL, he admits, “For Cher I was excited but with Oprah I was nervous, actually shaking for an hour before the show.” But everything isn’t campy and fabulous: The author’s story of his encounter with Conan O’Brien, in which the veteran host talked the newbie over some bumps, is almost touching, and his love for his dog is sweet and relatable. Cohen spends a lot of time discussing Housewives, so if you are not a fan of that particular franchise, parts of the narrative will drag. But not to worry: You’re never more than a page or two away from some dish about Lady Gaga, Emma Stone, David Letterman and a host of other celebrities.
The flamboyant talk show host delivers an entirely expected book: a glitzy, glamorous, goofy look at 365 days of a charmed showbiz life.