Update: Bravo Will Not Be Doing a Gay ‘Housewives’ Spin-Off

by | January 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM | The Real Housewives, TV News

Senior Vice President of Production and Programming for Bravo TV, Andy Cohen (Photo: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

Senior Vice President of Production and Programming for Bravo TV, Andy Cohen (Photo: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)


There must’ve been a frequency glitch on our gaydar because apparently, our report last month didn’t get the right signal: According to the newest report by AfterElton, Bravo won’t be doing a gay-guy “Real Housewives” spin-off, and actually, it never planned to.

“It’s made up, I’m telling you,” said Lauren Zalanick, President of NBC Universal Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Network, about the rumors. “There’s absolutely nothing in development and never has been. I will say we do have casting out there around a group of gay guys. In terms of Andy [Cohen] casting it, we have a team. We have a couple [of different shows]. I would say, really early days, we’re in development, but we’re also developing a ton of other things.”

Bravo Media president Frances Berwick also chimed in: “No, we’re not doing a version of that [a gay 'Housewives']. It would not be wildly outside of our milieu to do something that focused specifically on gay characters. But as to doing ‘Real Gay Housewives,’ we’re not going there. Or something like ‘The A-list,’ although I never saw a full episode, we wouldn’t do that.”

The denials come on the heels of Access Hollywood’s report that the network had already cast the show and was planning on filming early this year. Although Bravo VP Andy Cohen had rejected those initial announcements via Twitter, many misconstrued his denial to be on the working title of the show, rumored to be “From the Bottom to the Top.”

Are you having a hissy fit now that you know a gay “Housewives” spin-off isn’t in the works?