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Andy Cohen Reveals Bravo Came Close To Casting ‘Several Lesbians’ On The ‘Real Housewives’ Franchise!

Andy Cohen recently appeared on Garcelle Beauvais' podcast, Going to Bed with Garcelle, and the Watch What Happens Live host revealed that Bravo has considered — and came close to — casting "several" lesbian for the Real Housewives franchise.

"Have you ever thought about having a gay [Housewives] franchise?" Beauvais asked Cohen. 

"We've talked about that," Cohen said, according to PEOPLE. "It was something that we were really into many years ago. We've almost cast several lesbians. I think when you start casting gay men, it just, it's ultimately a show about women, which is why the guys have always been in the background, like, the husbands have typically been more in the background." 

He continued, "And so I think the answer is we've been open to it. We almost cast a guy on [The Real Housewives of New Jersey] who was Dina Manzo's brother and Caroline's brother as the first gay Housewife. This was years ago. This was like, 2008 or nine or something like that. But we wound up just not doing it." 

Cohen added that he's not ruling anything out — "If the right person smacked me in the face, yeah."

Several women of the LGBTQIA+ have appearaed on the Real Housewives, as a "friend." Teresa and Joe Giudice's first cousin, Rosie Pierre, who is the sister of former RHONJ cast member Kathy Wakile made several appearances throughout several seasons of the Bravo hit reality series. 

Meanwhile, Teresa's former close friend, Robyn Levy along with her wife Christina Flores, made several guest appearances during Season 7 of RHONJ. 

Fernanda Rocha, the Brazilian beauty, joined RHOC as the official "friend" during the show's fifth season. 

Lauren Foster, the trailblazing Trans advocate and former Vogue model, model several guest appearances on RHOM during the show's second and third seasons. 

Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who joined RHOC during the show's thirteenth season, came out as a lesbian and revealed she was dating a woman during an interview with GLAAD.

"I like women. I'm gay," the Bravo star said in December. "I'm a member of the LGBTQ+ community. It has taken me 42 years to say that but I am so proud of where I am right now. I'm so happy where I am. To be able to be comfortable in my own skin after so long is just so nice."

Windham-Burke is still married to her husband of over 20 years, Sean Burke. They share seven children: Hazel (2), Koa (4), twins Caden and Curran (7), Jacob (15), Rowan (18), and Bella (20).

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