Andy Cohen addresses LGBT community after Orlando Shooting

Popular gay Jewish TV host Andy Cohen addressed the LGBT community with a message of hope and unity during the Sunday, June 12, episode of Watch What Happens Live after the tragic Orlando shooting that occurred at a gay nightclub that morning.

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“The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, like other gay clubs, was a place where people went to not just feel like they could really be themselves, but to find community and safety, and to have that freedom shattered by the most deadly mass shooting in our country’s history is unfathomable,” the Bravo personality, 48, said, looking directly into the camera.

“This month is Pride month for the LGBT community, and as we have been so brutally reminded today, it’s about more than parties and parades — it is also a celebration of our civil rights,” he continued. “There are people who wish that we do not exist but we do. And it is with a great deal of pride that this gay American is going to try to put a smile on your face at the end of a sad day, in this clubhouse where everyone is welcome and everyone is loved.”

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Look for a lot more Andy Cohen (and pals) in bookstores.

The bon vivant host of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live has a new book coming in November, and he’s launching his own publishing imprint, Andy Cohen Books, a division of Henry Holt that “will showcase Cohen’s unique ability to discover compelling personal narratives.”

Cohen’s book Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries will hit stores on Nov. 15, Holt announced Thursday. It’s a sequel to 2014’s The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year, which hit No. 11 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list.

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