In the introduction, you talk about how, as a young intern at CBS, you were caught up in the "The Andy Warhol Diaries." What did you enjoy about that peek behind the curtain?
What is the process of writing something like this? In the book you mentioned working with Liza Pesky, a friend and talk show producer, in the initial stages.
This is where I hope you tell me you kept a paper diary, and wrote it in it every night.
There are moments in the book where you make references to going back through the pages of "The Andy Warhol Diaries." Did you find that going back through it gave you inspiration or that it gave you some perspective?
The book, in some ways, sort of mimics the confessional interviews we see on some of Bravo's popular reality series, in that we see how you really felt about a moment or a person. But did that worry you—as a host of a show that requires guests or just as a person who mingles with these people?
Did you take anything out?
Because my advance copy had some redactions …
You also give the same treatment to some fans—
This book was being written as a major transition was happening in your career [leaving his job as a Bravo executive]. Did it help in any way?
A big thorn in your side, as we read in the book, is the evolution of New York City--the old giving way to the commercial. You are not a fan of Chipotle, it seems.
You get a lot of flak for being a culprit in the dumbing down of society as the "Real Housewives" boss—which you acknowledge in the book. So when you write something like this, what do you hope is the takeaway?
There's obviously a lot of name-dropping in the book -- sometimes I had to turn to Google to figure out who was behind nicknames or to put a face to a name I wasn't familiar with.
Any chance there will be another volume? A look at 2014-2015?