*Andy Cohen, Bravo programming exec and host of its late-night show “Watch What Happens,” was asked how he would boost ratings at the struggling Oprah Winfrey Network during a visit to Howard Stern’s satellite radio show Tuesday.
“Here’s the first thing that I would do and it’s the first thing I would have done two years ago: put on re-reruns of the freaking Oprah Winfrey Show,” Cohen said. “They are sitting on a 25-year archive of The Oprah Winfrey Show. You have all this time to fill? Guess what I want to watch? The greatest talk show in the history of talk shows, The Oprah Winfrey Show,” he said.
At Bravo, Cohen is responsible for such successful reality franchises as “Project Runway,” “Top Chef” and the multi-city “Real Housewives” editions.
Winfrey is featured in two OWN programs: “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” an interview show that’s attracted the biggest audience with high-profile guests, and “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” a televised self-help session that has included appearances from Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins.
“First of all, I don’t want to watch a show that has class in the title,” said Cohen. “I don’t want to go to school. … I just want to see the old The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He added: “I know they probably have rights issues … (but) it’s the greatest show.”
Cohen said he would decline an offer to jump from Bravo to OWN because he’s “like a pig in s–t right now,” multi-tasking on projects including his new memoir, “Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture,” which was released Tuesday.