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Gay Iconography: Andy Cohen's TV Legacy

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If you were to ask folks to name the most powerful people in television today, one name sure to pop up would be Andy Cohen. The openly gay television personality has left an indelible mark on the pop culture landscape behind the cameras, as well as in front.

A savvy producer, Cohen’s name is synonymous with Bravo’s transformation in the early ‘00s from a performing arts-focused network to the home of reality programs, like Project Runway, The Real Housewives and Millionaire Matchmaker. With the addition of his late night talk show, Watch What Happens Live, the dapper host elevated the stars of these programs into “Bravolebrities,” with their own legions of fans alongside his famous friends and guests.

Let’s raise a glass and extend a Mazel to Andy with some of our favorite clips, AFTER THE JUMP

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Harry Hamlin Says His Film Career Ended After Playing Gay in 1981's 'Making Love' - VIDEO

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Mad Men actor Harry Hamlin tells Andy Cohen that after the early '80s film Making Love, in which he played a gay man in an affair with a married man (Michael Ontkean), he never worked in film again.

Says Hamlin:

"It was way before its time...It was something that I would repeat. I would do it again today, even though there was a ruffle in my career after that, for sure....What it did is it created a transition for me between feature film to television...(I didn't work in feature films) ever again. That was the last feature I did..."

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Here are Hamlin and Ontkean and Kate Jackson from Making Love:

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Andy Cohen Wonders if Ricky Martin is Single: VIDEO

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Everyone knows (yes, everyone) that gay Latin pop star Ricky Martin broke up with his partner Carlos González Abella earlier this year. But Watch What Happens host and Bravo executive Andy Cohen wants to know if Martin is still single.

In an evasive style that would make every American politician proud, Martin pivots on the question and uses it as an opportunity to highlight how much his adorable kids love him.

His non-answer works, especially on Cohen who seems to view Martin afterwards with a newfound DILFyness.

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Andy Cohen Meets Future Husband While Teaching Larry King How to Use Tinder: VIDEO

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Watch out the next time you log on to your Tinder dating app; Octogenarian Larry King may just make an appearance. 

Bravo magnate Andy Cohen appeared on Larry King Now, the newsman's online program to teach him how to operate Tinder. Larry seemed more interested in setting Andy up with Italian hottie Gianpaolo (and officiating at their wedding) than he did in utilizing the app for his own purposes.

Check out the dynamic duo, AFTER THE JUMP... 

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'Real Housewives Of Atlanta' Star Porsha Williams Apologizes For Anti-Gay Sermon

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Porsha Williams, one of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta — who recently went to jail after brawling with another housewife during the show’s reunion episode — has apologized for a three-year-old sermon in which she lists homosexuality alongside other “inequities” like prostitution, drug dealing and attempted suicide.

Porsha_williamsIn the video taken from High Praise Christian Center Ministries in Lithonia, Georgia, Williams said:

“God was gonna send his son, his holy son — don’t take that for granted. How many of y’all would just give somebody your son, or your daughter? But he did that for us. And he did that because of our inequities. So don’t let the devil tell you ain’t worth your God's blessings. He wants to use you no matter what.

“That’s why we Christians supposed to be telling the hooker on the street, the drug dealer, the person who in the hospital for trying to commit suicide, the gays, the lesbians. We’re supposed to be trying to save them and tell them 'You are worthy! God can use you, God can use me.' He gonna use humility!

“You need to tell the world how you lived your life at first. Y’all ain’t perfect. But you gonna pay for it if you do. Live for God, stand on his word. Don’t just read it and keep it for yourself.”

Williams soon apologized in a video-recording, saying:

"I woke up this morning disturbed and I felt that my heart was heavy and it was imperative for me to address the issue at hand. First let me say that God loves all his children. And although discriminate against other because of their race, their religion, their sexual orientation, their status in life, that we’re all worthy of God’s love. The sermon that was shown was shown not in its entirety therefore the message was omitted. I apologize that those words hurt the LGBT community, my fans and my supporters. Life is a journey and I’m growing every day. And I continue to encourage everyone to love each other unconditionally."

Housewives co-star Cynthia Bailey had criticized Williams' sermon, saying, "To put gays and lesbians in the same category as drug dealers, hookers, and people who attempt suicide is ignorant and insensitive. Especially when she just recently profited from performing at a popular gay club in NYC." The NYC club in question was the gay Harlem nightclub El Morocco where Williams performed on May 2.

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Which 'Real Housewife' is Andy Cohen? — VIDEO

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The Watch What Happens Live! host and Housewives producer takes the Buzzfeed quiz.

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