Andy Cohen Avoids Commenting on Shannon Beador’s DUI Arrest Amid Bethenny Frankel’s Claims Against Bravo
Andy Cohen skillfully sidestepped questions regarding Shannon Beador’s recent DUI and hit-and-run arrest, amid Bethenny Frankel’s lawsuit against Bravo. Shannon’s disturbing DUI arrest seems to lend weight to Bethenny’s ongoing accusations against the network.
As reported, Bethenny Frankel recruited Hollywood’s most prominent attorneys, Bryan Freedman and Mark Geragos, to take a stand against Bravo and NBCUniversal — accusing them of subjecting their reality stars to, “grotesque and depraved mistreatment.”
NBC reportedly fosters mental instability by encouraging excessive alcohol consumption among their reality stars while filming. In a correspondence addressed to NBC’s chief legal officer, obtained by Page Six, the corporation stands accused of making “deliberate attempts” to “manufacture mental instability,” by plying their stars with “alcohol while depriving them of food and sleep,” as well as denying mental health treatment for those displaying “obvious and alarming signs of mental deterioration.”
Andy Cohen addressed two “Housewives” controversies on Tuesday’s installment of SiriusXM’s “Andy Cohen Live,” but didn’t take on Shannon Beador’s headline-grabbing arrest.
Andy Cohen spoke about Shannon Beador appearing alongside RHOC co-stars, Vicki Gunvalson and Tamra Judge, on his late night chat show, Watch What Happens Live, last week, but stopped short of discussing the Saturday incident.
“I wanted to say first of all, first of all, I meant to say … the other night the Tres Amigas were on the show before this DUI thing happened,” Cohen said, referencing the trio’s friend group nickname.
John Hill, who was co-hosting alongside Cohen, commented — “Oh God, hate that,” but the Bravo executive did not chime in.
Cohen went on to tell an anecdote about Vicki, recalling how she “didn’t get” what was happening when he announced that she would be receiving the “Wifetime Achievement Award” at BravoCon in November.
The WWHL host also spoke about “The Hills” alum, Heidi Montag’s claim as to why she had been passed over as a “Real Housewives” cast member.
“I don’t know them, I didn’t watch ‘Laguna Beach,’ so I don’t even have much institutional knowledge of them. I have said I thought it would be weird if they were on the ‘Housewives’ because the same reason that I was saying it would be weird if ‘Snooki’ [Polizzi] came on the ‘Housewives,’” he said.
Cohen chatted about therapy, Cheyenne Jackson, 98 Degrees and the Roman Empire trend, but stayed tight-lipped about Shannon’s booze-fueled hit-and-run.
Cohen repeatedly said “oh boy” in response to a caller, after learning about the 59-year-old’s arrest on air, via a text message.
While Cohen chose silence, Shannon’s friend and “Flipping Out” alum, Jeff Lewis, spoke out on Monday’s episode of his radio show, “Jeff Lewis Live.”
“I don’t think Shannon is an alcoholic,” he said. “I think as her close friend, I think she’s going through a lot of personal struggles right now, and I think that she probably has been leaning on alcohol, but I don’t believe she’s an alcoholic.”
The designer assured listeners that his friend was “ashamed,” “embarrassed,” and “accepting full accountability.” Lewis also revealed that Shannon was “injured” in the “car accident,” and that she was “entering counseling this week.”
The mom of three has yet to break her silence, but her lawyer, Mike Fell, told Page Six that the reality star was “extremely apologetic and remorseful.”
“We will be awaiting the official information on this case as it becomes available, and Shannon is prepared to accept full responsibility for her actions,” he stated.
Shannon was arrested Saturday after she rammed a Newport Beach, California home with her car then fled the scene. She went on to park her vehicle in the middle of the street before getting out to walk her dog. She was booked on two misdemeanors, DUI alcohol and hit-and-run.
TMZ shared video footage of the wreck, which revealed Shannon zipping around a tight corner before losing control, hopping a curb, and slamming into a side of the house. She then put her car into reverse and took off.
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