Andy Cohen celebrates 50th birthday on ‘WWHL,’ talks John Mayer dating rumors

Happy Birthday, Andy Cohen!

The king of Bravo celebrated his 50th birthday in style on Sunday’s Watch What Happens Live. Cohen was surprised by his bestie, John Mayer, coming out to host the special birthday episode as well as some close friends, who stood behind the bar throughout the episode.

Mayer, 40, kicked things off by covering one of Cohen’s favorite Diana Ross songs, “It’s My House.”

Cohen jammed out to Mayer’s soulful rendition, which the singer admitted, “I have done nothing but learn that song in the last 48 hours. I have ate, breathed and slept ‘It’s My House.’ And I am now a fan of that song!”

But Mayer wasn’t the only one who serenaded Cohen. The talk show host also got a surprise call from country legend Dolly Parton, who jokingly agreed with Cohen that her 1977 song, “Me and Little Andy,” was actually written about him.

“I’m a huge fan of yours and I didn’t want to miss the chance to say ‘Happy Birthday’ to my favorite Little Andy!” Parton declared after singing a verse of “Me and Little Andy” over the phone.

Cohen and Mayer reflected on their tight-knit friendship and even addressed rumors of a secret romance between them.

“Do you think people wonder if we’re in a secret relationship? We get a lot of nods from behind the bar,” Mayer quipped after Cohen declared, “I feel like I know your body too.”

Cohen laughed as his pals nodded and tried to give Mayer a high-five.

“See, I tried to give you a straight high-five and you gave me a gay [handshake],” Cohen laughed.

“My nails are still wet!” Mayer joked.

Later when Cohen was talking about convincing certain celebrities to be on his show, he replied, “I’m always trying to turn them.”

Mayer added, “Believe me, I know you like trying to turn people.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: John Mayer arrives at the The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Musicians John Mayer (L) and Ed Sheeran attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/WireImage)
John MayerLOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 4: Guest Host John Mayer on THE LATE LATE SHOW with guests Andy Cohen, Alison Becker, & John Legend on Feb. 4, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Musician John Mayer performs onstage at the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Guitarist John Mayer appears at the Thelonius Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition and All Star Gala Concert at Dolby Theatre on November 9, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: John Mayer performs during the Rock In Rio USA event in Times Square on September 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician John Mayer attends Food Network In Concert on September 20, 2014 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Food Network Magazine)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 20: Musician John Mayer performs onstage at Food Network In Concert on September 20, 2014 in Chicago, United States. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Food Network Magazine)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: John Mayer performs during the 2014 Music Midtown Festival at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: John Mayer performs during the 2014 Music Midtown Festival at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Musician John Mayer performs during day 2 of the Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Musician John Mayer performs on the Marilyn Stage during day 2 of the 2014 Budweiser Made in America Festival at Los Angeles Grand Park on August 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
LANDGRAAF, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 07: John Mayer performs on stage at Pinkpop 2014 on June 7, 2014 in Landgraaf, Netherlands. (Photo by Didier Messens/Redferns via Getty Images)
NARITA, JAPAN - APRIL 27: John Mayer arrives at Narita International Airport on April 27, 2014 in Narita, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/GC Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: John Mayer performs live for fans at West Coast Blues N Roots 2014 at Fremantle Park on April 13, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Musicians Stephen Stills (L) and John Mayer perform onstage at the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert - An Evening Of Music To Benefit Autism Speaks at The Theatre At Ace Hotel on April 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LUTB)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Musician John Mayer performs onstage at 'Howard Stern's Birthday Bash' presented by SiriusXM, produced by Howard Stern Productions at Hammerstein Ballroom on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 28: Recording artist John Mayer performs onstage during Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer Event with contributors American Cancer Society and Bristol Myers Squibb hosted by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon and the Entertainment Industry Foundation on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Entertainment Industry Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Recording artist John Mayer performs onstage during 'The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Recording artists Katy Perry (L) and John Mayer attend the Sony Music Entertainment Post-Grammy Reception at The Palm on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Sony Music Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: John Mayer and Keith Urban perform onstage at 'The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles' at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 22: John Mayer attends the UCLA Head & Neck Surgery Luminary Awards held at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on January 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 22: Musician John Mayer performs onstage during the UCLA Head and Neck Surgery Luminary Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on January 22, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) John Mayer and Katy Perry perform at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Zachary Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: Musician John Mayer leaves the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on December 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer-songwriter John Mayer performs at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on December 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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At the end of the show, Cohen graciously thanked Mayer for hosting and being there.  

“To you, we’ve said I love you a thousand times, but just honestly, you’re getting ready for the Dead [& Company] show, ‘New Light’ the video came out today, I absolutely cannot believe that you put yourself on a freaking plane [to be here],” Cohen said. “I really do feel like we have had a glorious time together, but this last year has been like a victory lap of love and that you did this for me is blowing my mind.”

The singer posted several birthday Instagrams to his pal, writing on one, “I love you, and you are such a special person that I’m sure you are known throughout the universe.” 

 

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