Late Night: Andy Cohen hosts ‘Real Housewives’ screaming match


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The Bravo Clubhouse was a whole lot more crowded than usual on Wednesday night when Andy Cohen hosted a ‘Watch What Happens Live All-Star Party,’ a veritable orgy of the network’s demi-celebrities.

Everyone was there, including marquee names like Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, breakout star Bethenny Frankel, and Bravo B-listers like what’s-her-name from ‘Flipping Out’ who looks like Julia Louis-Dreyfus. As Kathy Griffin aptly described the event, ‘This is like the most messed-up Golden Globes I’ve ever seen.’


Of course, no Bravo gathering would be complete without plenty of housewives. The ‘All-Star Party’ featured trainwreck musical performances by LuAnn ‘The Countess’ de Lesseps and Melissa Gorga, but the official lowlight was almost certainly the ‘Real Housewives Battle Royale.’ For the quiz game, 18 different housewives were divided into two teams --East Coast versus West Coast -- and asked questions on ‘their favorite two subjects -- themselves, and each other,’ as Cohen put it. Not surprisingly, the contest quickly descended into a Babel-esque cacophony of shrill screams, like a ‘Housewives’ reunion show condensed into four brief but blood-curdling minutes. It was so harrowing that even the usually indefatigable Cohen appeared to lose his patience.

You can watch the ‘Battle Royale’ above, but be warned: You may want to be sure all your crystal is tucked away in a safe place before you press play.


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