Andy Cohen and Tituss Burgess in war of words over contentious 'WWHL' appearance

Tituss Burgess stormed out of the "Watch What Happens Live" studio on Sunday night after host Andy Cohen's question about working with Eddie Murphy.

The "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" star appeared on the episode alongside actress Laverne Cox, during which Cohen asked Burgess about working with Murphy on the upcoming film, "Dolemite Is My Name," considering Murphy's well-known history of telling homophobic jokes early in his career (jokes that he has since apologized for).

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"Did you get to chat with him at all?" Cohen asked the comedian.

"Of course I did! Why wouldn't I?" Burgess cut in.

"Yeah, of course," Cohen responded. "Well, no, I wonder if you got close at all. He was very problematic for the gays at one point when I was coming up."

"Oh, I see! He wasn’t problematic for Tituss, and we had a wonderful time," Burgess said. "Any troubles he may have had with gay people I guess are gone because he loved me."

As Cohen began to introduce the next segment on "WWHL," Burgess appeared to speak to someone off-camera and wave his finger in disgust. When Cohen saw this, he laughed, "What are you saying, Tituss?"

"Keep going, girl," he responded. "Do your show."

 

 

The tense moment didn't go unnoticed by viewers, and Burgess shed light on the interaction with an Instagram comment that has since gone viral in which he called Cohen a "messy queen."

"She can be a messy queen! Yes I said it! Don't care he knows either!" Burgess wrote. "He should remember his talk show isn't an episode of the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'! It's a place where artists come to talk about art and have a little fun. NOT a place to rehash old rumors or bring a star negative press."

"Sunday was a display of ratchet behavior by a well connected man having blatant disregard for one of his guests," he continued. "If only time were taken to know who I am and not assuming that I am the character I play on TV he would know how to conduct a proper interview with at all! I received 4 Emmy nominations for acting! NOT for being myself."

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 18: Actor Tituss Burgess visits the SiriusXM Studios on July 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 29: (L-R) Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Ellie Kemper, Carol Kane and Busy Philipps attend Universal Television's FYC "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" panel at UCB Sunset Theater on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Tituss Burgess attends the 34th Annual Artios Awards at Stage 48 on January 31, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager, Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess and Carol Kane on Friday, January 25, 2019 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Tituss Burgess performs onstage at Billboard Women In Music 2018 on December 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Billboard )
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 22: Tituss Burgess attends the 2018 Arthur Miller Foundation Honors at City Winery on October 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
70th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Sterling K. Brown, Kristen Bell, Titus Burgess, Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, RuPaul during the 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft Theater on September 17th, 2018 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Actor Tituss Burgess attends the Television Academy Honors Emmy Nominated Performers Reception at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on September 15, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/FilmMagic)
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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Pablo Salinas and Tituss Burgess attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Tituss Burgess attends #NetflixFYSee "Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt" for Your Consideration Event at DGA Theater on June 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images,)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 01: Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, Ellie Kemper, and Carol Kane attend Universal Television's FYC @ UCB "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" at UCB Sunset Theater on June 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT -- "Kimmy Fights a Fire Monster!" Episode 407 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline White, Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt, Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon, Carol Kane as Lillian Kaushtupper -- (Photo by: Eric Liebowitz/Netflix/Universal Television/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actor Tituss Burgess attends A Fresh Too Feisty To Quit Campaign Launch at Gansevoort Park Avenue on October 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
Tituss Burgess during 14th Annual Rockers on Broadway at The Cutting Room in New York, NY, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Valerie Pettiford, Nikki James, Michael Benjamin Washington, E. Faye Butler, Tituss Burgess, Rashad Naylor and Albert Cattafi of 'The Wiz' (Photo by Robert Benson/WireImage for Susie Dobson Global PR)
Tituss Burgess during the Opening Night Performance Curtain Call of 'The Little Mermaid' at the Lunt-Fontaine Theatre in New York City. January 10, 2008 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Tituss Burgess performs at the 'The Little Mermaid' Broadway Cast performance and CD signing on February 26, 2008 at World of Disney in New York City. (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/WireImage)
Tituss Burgess performing in the Gala Performance of BROADWAY BACKWARDS 4 - benefiting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Comunity Center. February 9, 2009 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Tituss Burgess attends the after party for Broadway Backwards 6 at John's Pizzeria on February 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: Singer/actor Tituss Burgess attends a press preview at 54 Below on August 21, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by J. Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Tituss Burgess performing in 'Best in Shows' A benefit for the Humane Society of New York at New World Stages on November 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper on the set of 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' on March 27, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 31: Tituss Burgess attends the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 31, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Tumblr)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Tituss Burgess attends the 2015 Ailey Spirit Gala at David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on June 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
Comedian Tituss Burgess poses for a portrait at the Logo TV's 'Trailblazers' at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on June 25, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Megan Mack/Getty Images Portrait)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Actor Tituss Burgess attends Voices For The Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids at St James Theater on June 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Voices for the Voiceless)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Actor/comedian Tituss Burgess attends TrevorLIVE LA 2015 at Hollywood Palladium on December 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 21: Actor Tituss Burgess attends the 31st annual Artios Awards at Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square on January 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: (L-R) Tina Fey, Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper attend the 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Season 2 world premiere at SVA Theatre on March 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: Tituss Burgess attends Miscast 2016 Gala at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Tituss Burgess visits at SiriusXM Studio on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: (L-R) Tituss Burgess, Cecily Strong, Martha Plimpton and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attend Broadway Acts for Women: A Star-Studded Night of Karaoke and Comedy at 54 Below on May 1, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper arrive at the FYC Panel For 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' at UCB Sunset Theater on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Actor Tituss Burgess attends the Television Academy reception for Emmy nominated performers at Pacific Design Center on September 16, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Tituss Burgess attends the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Burgess went on to say that he held back his feelings in the moment and said that Cohen should "rip a page" from pal Anderson Cooper's book when it comes to conducting professional interviews.

"He was lucky I had my wits and Christian values THAT day. Always keep it classy," Burgess finished. "Being friends with other talented celebrities doesn't make you talented it makes you friends with other famous celebrities! He should rip a page from Anderson Cooper and learn to do his job."

It's worth noting that, while producers do not conduct pre-show interviews with its guests like other late-night shows, it is known that Cohen (and fans that call in) often asks his famous guests about "old rumors," as Burgess called them, so celebrities are usually ready to answer unexpected questions that come at them during the live show.

Not only that, but Burgess has appeared on "Watch What Happens Live" on four previous occasions through the years, so he is well-versed in the dynamic and topic areas of the show.

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Cohen shared his side of the story on Monday's episode of his SiriusXM radio show, "Andy Cohen Live," revealing that Burgess actually stormed out of the "WWHL" studio after the show wrapped.

"He wasn't having me," Cohen explained. "What can I tell you? From the jump. I was trying, but no idea. [...] He ran out of there. Did not sign the guest book. He ran out."

"He was like, 'He knows I was here,'" he went on. "That's what he said to the person who asks to sign the guest book. It was something else, alright."

The late-night host said that he thinks Burgess initially got "pissed" at him when Cohen said he "didn't know" about Burgess writing the musical for "The Preacher's Wife," before the comic retorted that he had "talked about it two other times on this show."

"I've done 1300 episodes, forgive me for forgetting you wrote the musical about 'The Preacher's Wife,'" Cohen said on his show before saying, "I like the guy. I ran into him at a bar in Harlem, like, eight months ago, and we had a really nice talk."

"He made an entertaining show," Cohen concluded. "Sometimes it's fun to watch the show when the guest hates the host."

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