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Meet Andy Cohen's New Baby!

Late last year Bravo host Andy Cohen snatched everyone’s wig off when he announced that he was expecting a baby via surrogate on his show Watch What Happens Live! The silver daddy, shared the news surrounded by some of the leading personalities in the Housewives franchise and the internet blew up in celebration.

If you follow Andy on social media you will know that many of the Housewives joined him for a rumpus at his baby shower at The Palm in Los Angeles. The affair included tipsy table dancing and selfies galore! It was an A Star is Born theme—and even John Mayer was there!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I’m speechless. Every Housewife, featuring @JohnMayer. (: @charlessykes)

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All the happiness with his BFFs does not compare to the happiness he must be feeling today, though.

On Instagram, Andy Cohen announced that his new baby boy was born. His name, Benjamin Allen Cohen—weighing in at 9 pounds 2 ounces and 20 inches long! Baby Benjamin was born at 6:35pm PST and Andy is now a proud papa. The baby is named after Andy’s grandfather, Ben Allen.

Mazel Tov, Andy!

 

Bravo's Jeff Lewis Says He is Now a Single Dad

Bravo reality star from Flipping Out and interior designer Jeff Lewis has confirmed that he and his longtime partner, Gage Edward, have separated after over a decade relationship. People reports that Lewis shared on his Sirius XM radio show Jeff Lewis Live that Edward moved out of the home they shared earlier this week. The two welcomed baby girl, Monroe, in 2016 via surrogate.

During the show, Lewis shared:

This has been a long time coming. We were in separate rooms a significant portion of last year, so it was kind of like a roommate situation.

I think the reason we hadn’t ripped the Band-Aid off and separated is because a) we had the baby and neither one of us want to leave the baby and then b) financially, it wasn’t the best time because I have four properties right now — three of which are in construction and one of which is sellable.

The two apparently had continued to have sexual relations during the last stretch of their relationship:

We were like friends with benefits. We would still hook up, inconsistently. I was still encouraged, like, ‘There’s still something here… he’s still interested in me… But there was a real lack of intimacy because he wasn’t in my room. So I actually felt very lonely and sad and disappointed.

 

 

Ultimately, it was Lewis who apparently pulled the plug on the awkward living situation:

That arrangement doesn’t work for me. I already feel tortured by this — for months, and months, and months. I said to him, ‘I want to be very clear, I’m not throwing you out. I’m not breaking up with you. I’m here. You need time and space to get perspective.’

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lewis shared that for the last two months he noticed Edward starting to look for apartments. The two struggled with communication issues and eventually Lewis just got tired of trying to make it work:

There’s so much anger that he has lost sight of the good things. Every time we have one of these discussions, it’s so overwhelmingly negative. I have a very different perspective. Last year was hell, but I remember nine pretty solid years. We had some fun. So I said to him, ‘I encourage you to work through that resentment and focus on the positive things because there could be more to come.’

I’m hoping that the guy wakes up. I’m hoping that he sits in his hotel room, misses his family, starts focusing on the positive, and stops focusing on the negative. That’s what I’m really hoping.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What’s wrong with this picture? #1 Gage looks happy. #2 I’m drinking water.

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Lewis acknowledges that he is not the easiest person to be in a relationship with, but asserts that he is firm in the type of partner he is and what he can give the other person:

There’s a lot of negatives with dating Jeff Lewis, but you always know where you stand with me. I dated someone who is not a good communicator. Has never been to therapy and has held things in for 33 years. It breeds a lot of resentment.

No word on what will happen with the custody of their 2-year-old daughter, but Lewis has shared:

I don’t even want to go there. I’m now a single dad ’cause the baby is with me.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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h/t: People

Andy Cohen Gets Mazel of the Year With Huge Announcement

On Thursday´s episode of Watch What Happens LiveAndy Cohen shared some exciting news--he's gonna be a daddy--and not the kind you think. Cohen, who is 50, during his final show of 2018 revealed the news that he will be having a baby via surrogate in front of the great lineup of Housewives guests: NeNe Leakes, Kyle Richards, Vicki Gunvalson, Ramona Singer, and Teresa Giudice.

During the announcement, Cohen shared:

Tonight I want to share a little personal news of my own. To the viewers at home, I call you my friends at home because we are friends. You have supported me through almost 10 years of live… This has been an incredible joyous journey with you all. I am grateful to be able to live my dream every day and grateful to you for coming along for the ride. And throughout it, I’ve always tried to be as transparent as possible about my life — I overshare and expect everyone to do the same. Tonight, I want you to be the first to know that after many years of careful deliberation, a fair amount of prayers and the benefit of science — if all goes according to plan in about six weeks time I’m going to become a father. Thanks to a wonderful surrogate who is carrying my future. Family means everything to me and having one of my own is something that I have wanted in my heart for my entire life. Though it’s taken me longer than most to get there, I cannot wait for what I envision will be the most rewarding chapter yet.

Nothing else has been revealed about Cohen´s upcoming bundle of joy.

Watch the clip here:

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Talk about having the Mazel of the Day! Congratulations to future papa, Andy Cohen!

Check out Watch What Happens Live on Bravo Sundays-Thursdays at 11 p.m.

Queer As Folk Reboot Heading To Bravo!

Queer As Folk Reboot Heading To Bravo!


Oh My God It’s Finally Happening!

According to Variety, Queer as Folk is being rebooted, not revised, on Bravo! The original creator, genius Russell T. Davies, will be a part of the project serving as executive producer. Stephen Dunn is set to write and direct. I’ve tried my damnest to find out which of Dunn’s work I can now indulge in to investigate his craft, and I’m pretty certain his previous work is Indie films such as Closet Monster and Life Doesn’t Frighten Me. But, don't quote me just yet.


While the original Queer as Folk ran for ten episodes in 1999 in the United Kingdom, we may be more familiar when the series hit Showtime in 2000 and gave us five seasons of Michael (Hal Sparks), Ted (Scott Lowell), Emmett (Peter Paige), and Brian (Gale Harold) navigating through their adult lives finding love, failure, and so much more. This series absolutely changed my life after discovering it when I was in high school, so I cannot wait for this next version! Seriously, I want to name my eventual dog Daphne in honor of Makyla Smith. I may be a little weary it’s heading to Bravo, only because like, I want my Folk raunchy and real, not watered down for television. But, I have the highest of hopes with Davies still in charge.


Don’t expect any continued stories or seeing some Brian versus Justin (Randy Harrison) storyline in the reboot. We’re getting all new characters in a new setting which follows a group of club going friends who find support in the gay community after a tragedy.


This can be spun in so many ways. When I hear of club and tragedy in the same sentence, I think of the Pulse Massacre, but that is probably off limits for the premise of the series. But, who knows?! I’m predicting online dating drama, Prep conversations, and likely a few cameos of drag queens playing themselves. I’m on the edge of my seat for this series and will be updating you constantly with new information as it pulls in!


Can we please start a petition now that the annoying tweens don’t start hash tagging this #QueerAF (as f*ck), because I’ll have just, so much to say about that.

Don't Pack Your Knives: Every Guy on Top Chef Kentucky is HOT!

My recent interview with Top Chef Colorado finalist Joe Sasto reignited my love for one of my all-time favorite cooking competitions.

The 16th season of Top Chef, taking place in the southern state of Kentucky this time around, is already off to a fantastic start as the newest flock of talented culinary wizards each have something special that could earn them the coveted title by seasons end.

Something that also became easy to see within the first ten minutes of this season was how unbelievably handsome and attractive all the men are (women too, hay!) They come from all across the country with a varying background in their culinary accomplishments that are nothing short of extraordinary.

Over the past decade and some change this show has also highlighted some amazing talent from the LGBTQ community, some of which have gone on to win the whole damn thing (Kristen Kish for example). 

Let's take a look some of the sexy men competing this season on Top Chef. It will give you a good reason to tune in outside of the delicious food, fun commentary from Padma Lakshmi and devastatingly good looks from Tom Colicchio.

Pablo Lamon, Miami, Florida. Chef de Cuisine at 27 Restaurant and Bar & The Broken Shaker

Brian Young, Boston, Massachusetts. Executive Chef at The Emory Boston

David Viana, Asbury Park, New Jersey. Executive Chef, Heirloom Kitchen

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

#cheflife #chefstable #chefsofinstagram #chefstalk #chefs #bluecollarchefs #instachef #heirloomkitchen #chefdavidviana

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Justin Sutherland, St. Paul, Minnesota. Chef at Handsome Hog and Pearl & the Thief

Kevin Scharpf, Dubuque, Iowa. Owner, Brazen Open Kitchen & Bar

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

So we are throwing a small party......you should come!! @bravotopchef @lyndsi.s @brazenopenkitchen #topchefseason16

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This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Top Chef: Colorado Finalist Joe Sasto Talks Gay Following, Bright Future and More

I have been a super fan of Top Chef ever since it premiered many years ago. Their fifteenth season, set in Colorado, was the only one that I didn’t catch at first when it was airing new episodes on Bravo.

Luckily the hit culinary show, which earned yet another Emmy nomination earlier this year for Outstanding Reality Competition Series (it won back in 2010), was made available on streaming some time last month and I was able to catch up within a matter of days. It was here that I was sort of transfixed on one contestant, and it went beyond just how damn handsome he was.

Joseph Sasto (or Joe for short), caught my eye immediately as one to watch as the show progressed. Yes, he has a sexy mustache and sure his dishes are mouthwatering (he even referenced his “meat” in one episode) but there was a story behind both of those aspects that made me like and appreciate him that much more.

He talked so deeply about his late mother and how she inspired a lot of his cooking today. On a personal level, I could relate to this as my mother (who was also a chef) passed over 10 years ago and she’s a big reason as to why I’m a writer today. But that’s besides the point. That storyline, mixed with everything else already mentioned, made him a force to be reckoned with on a show that has been beloved by millions of viewers for years.

Sadly, he came up short in the end and placed third behind my fellow Harlem resident Adrienne Cheatham and eventual winner (and bear, woof) Joseph Flamm. Now the skies appear to be the limit for the talented chef a year after his season has finished, and his excitement over what’s next can easily be seen behind that legendary mustache of his.

I spoke with Joe recently about his experience on Top Chef, why a challenge that featured a popular gay Olympian (Gus Kenworthy) was his favorite, his huge gay following, and what’s next for him.

What was your overall experience on Top Chef like last year?

It’s crazy to think how much of a life changing experience it was. I'm so grateful for all of the doors and opportunities it has opened. The end of the season airing was actually just the beginning. It was like a culinary boot camp for chefs. There was so much learning, growing and transformation that happened; and the camera only captured a small part of it. It really makes you dig deep and ask yourself what matters most to you. I was able to find my voice as a chef, figure out my culinary direction, and how to best represent myself through food.

Did you have a favorite challenge that you did from your time on the show?

I get asked this question all the time, and I feel like everyone already knows what I am going to say. The Olympic Challenge! Having the TC Kitchen turned into a stadium of sorts was so energizing. To be cooking running around in front of a huge crowd with signs and them cheering us on all brought a whole new dimension to cooking. It was inspiring to say the least.

What was the fan response to you as the show went on?

It was very interesting to see how I was portrayed. I didn't necessarily get the best response from the first episode. I think I threw a lot of people off with the whole mustache, “California Love”, foraging kind of vibe I had. But my story arc continued, and people were able to see the genuine me. They saw the real passion I have for cooking and the amount of thought behind everything I do, people could really relate to that. 

I had no idea the amount of positive impact I would have from sharing the story of my mom, cooking, and her passing from cancer. I am humbled by the amount of people that reached out to me and were able to find comfort and relate to my story having suffered from a similar loss. We are all in this together, and food has an intrinsic power to bring people together.

What is your culinary life like now post Top Chef?

The entire Top Chef experience is what you make of it. I genuinely enjoy connecting with fans and others through food. Right now I feel especially blessed being able to travel the country, doing pop-up dinners and events; bringing people together through food. Perhaps there is just more pressure now to ride that wave and make the most of this opportunity. But then again, that pressure is what chefs thrive on.

Were you surprised that you had such a large gay following?

I was actually not that surprised. I had done Chopped a few years prior to Top Chef and despite only being on one episode, there was a large amount of feedback and people from the community reaching out with support and blind date offers.

What's it like dating in the culinary world?

I’ve been lucky enough to have had a partner for years now. She is my rock, my support, and my inspiration. One thing I have learned over the years is how important it is to date someone who understands the amount of work and sacrifice this career requires. The long days, longer nights, and non-existent holiday and family time makes for a non-ideal relationship partner. But if you're able to find someone who is able to appreciate, and understand, and even share that love of food and hospitality, you would be wise to not let them go.

What are your biggest dreams moving forward and how do you plan to accomplish them?

I'd be lying if I didn't say my dream is to open my own group of restaurants. The concepts are all thoroughly played out and meticulously crafted in my head, and now slowly being transcribed into an actual business plan on paper. My goal is to connect with the right business partners and people with a similar love and passion for food to make those dreams a reality.

For more information on Joe, click here.

"Project Runway" Is Returning To Bravo In Season 17

After 11 seasons on Lifetime, Project Runway is moving back to Bravo for upcoming season 17. NBC Universal made the announcement Monday at its upfront in New York City. “Project Runway is coming back where it all started; it’s coming home on Bravo,” said the network’s Andy Cohen.

The fashion design competition, hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, was a smash hit from the get-go at Bravo, where its first five seasons aired from 2004-2008. In a shocking move that prompted a string of lawsuits, The Weinstein Co. struck a deal to move it to Lifetime without giving Bravo a chance to match Lifetime’s offer.

This is just the latest installment of the fallout in the wake of The Weinstein Co.’s downfall after co-founder Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a serial sexual predator last year via Pulitzer Prize-winning stories in The New York Times. A+E Television Networks, the parent company of Lifetime, terminated its deal with TWC on Jan. 10, ending their commitment to air any further seasons of the show.

Project Runway was created by Eli Holzman. In 2008, it won a Peabody Award "for using the 'television reality contest' genre to engage, inform, enlighten and entertain.” All seasons thus far were filmed in NYC, with the exception of season 6, filmed in Los Angeles.

The program has been nominated for dozens of Primetime Emmys; Klum and Tim Gunn won for Outstanding Reality Competition Host in 2013. The popularity of Project Runway has also spawned spinoffs like Under the Gunn and Project Runway: Junior, and several international iterations all over the globe.