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

Gibson Johns

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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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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