How Andy Cohen blew his shot at dating Anderson Cooper

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper could have been a happy couple if not for the “Watch What Happens Live” host’s one tiny faux pas.

During a joint appearance on the “Tonight Show” Friday, Cooper told host Jimmy Fallon that the pair had been set up on a blind date but that Cohen blew it by breaking a cardinal Cooper dating rule while they were discussing the logistics over the phone.

“We were set up on a blind date, we had a phone call to set up the date. I was a young reporter at ABC, he was at CBS and I knew within 45 seconds I was never going on a date with Andy Cohen,” said Cooper. “He violated my cardinal rule, which is he asked me about my mom within the first minute of talking to me.”

“I wanted to date the Vanderbilt boy. I was excited,” said Cohen. “I remember that something that I did made him shut down. So now I know.”

Watch them recount the story in the video above.

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WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Journalist Anderson Cooper (L) and host Andy Cohen at SiriusXM Studios on January 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Journalist Anderson Cooper (L) and host Andy Cohen at SiriusXM Studios on January 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa and Andy Cohen -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 15: Andy Cohen (L) and Anderson Cooper perform during their AC2 tour at The Masonic on January 15, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder for AC2/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Journalist Anderson Cooper (L) and television host Andy Cohen attend Elton John AIDS Foundation's 14th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Anderson Cooper, Padma Lakshmi and Andy Cohen attend Elton John AIDS Foundation's 14th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Journalist Matt Lauer, television host Andy Cohen, and journalist Anderson Cooper attend Elton John AIDS Foundation's 14th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Andy Cohen (L) and Anderson Cooper at 'Andy Cohen Live!' on Andy Cohen's exclusive SiriusXM channel 'Radio Andy' on September 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Molly Ringwald and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - APRIL 18: Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper perform at Fillmore Miami Beach on April 18, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa and Andy Cohen -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Andy Cohen (L) and Anderson Cooper attend 92nd Street Y Presents : Andy Cohen in Conversation with Anderson Cooper at the 92nd Street Y on November 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Mark Consuelos, Anderson Cooper and Benjamin Maisani -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Andy Cohen, Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Andy Cohen, Anderson Cooper, Kathy Griffin and Gloria Steinem attend Kathy Griffin's Carnegie Hall Performance official after party hosted by Anderson Cooper at Trattoria Dell Arte Restaurant on November 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Episode 679 -- Pictured: (l-r) Andy Cohen, Kelly Ripa, Anderson Cooper -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: (l-r) Anderson Cooper, Camille Grammer, Andy Cohen -- Photo by: Peter Kramer/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- 'Guests: Anderson Cooper and NeNe Leakes' -- Pictured: (l-r) Anderson Cooper, host Andy Cohen, NeNe Leakes (Photo by Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: (2nd L-R) Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper attend the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2011 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Theater at Lincoln Center on September 12, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for IMG)
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What a pair that would have been. But as Cohen noted, it was all for the best, and the two men are now best buds, even going on tour together.

Cohen and Cooper will bring their friendship to CNN annual New Year’s eve show. The event, which has developed a cult following, was originally hosted by Cooper and Kathy Griffin. CNN dropped Griffin however after she released photos of herself holding a bloodied imitation of President Donald Trump’s severed head.

 

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