Blow Out’s Bravo’s Jonathan Antin apologized to producer Andy Cohen during the Watch What Happens Live “Blasts from the Past” special episode. But in an earlier interview, Antin revealed much more about why exactly he and Cohen had a feud, suggesting that Cohen’s power was interfering with a show he wanted to air on Fox.
Throughout his virtual Clubhouse appearance, Antin said he and Cohen feuded over the trajectory of reality TV. Apparently, Cohen said reality television would go in more of a “family direction.” Antin declined to have his family on the show. “And you said, okay, that’s fine, then the show’s over,” Antin recalled. “And that was it, I kind of regret that.” Cohen didn’t seem to remember the exchange that way.
“Is that how it went?” Cohen asked. “I feel like maybe there was more to it.” Antin agreed: “Maybe there’s a little bit more.” Indeed. Antin spilled the beans on much more during an interview last year.
And Andy Cohen and Jonathan Antin argued over the firing of a staffer
A fan tweeted that Antin would probably need his own 30-minute WWHL episode to air his grievances with Cohen. Cohen responded, “That would take more than half an hour.”
Antin revealed last year that his feud with Cohen went much deeper than all the “family on TV” remarks he made on WWHL. Instead, the original feud started when he fired a staffer on Blow Out and Cohen didn’t like it.
While #WWHL, celebrity hairstylist @JonathanAntin said his biggest regret was the feud with @Andy pic.twitter.com/UK3iy2Osi5
– WWHL (@BravoWWHL) May 4, 2021
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“Andy Cohen called me and said, ‘Jonathan, I heard you fired Brandon and you can’t fire him yet. You have to give us at least two more episodes and a little heads up,'” Antin said on the podcast Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef. “We have to finish the storyline. You can’t just fire somebody like that. I said, ‘Well, actually I can, it’s my business.'”
But Antin resisted Cohen’s instruction. “Like, come on, you know what I mean?” he said, alluding to the employee’s wild behavior. “This isn’t a zoo, this isn’t a fair, this is a Beverly Hills hair salon. This guy is acting like an animal. This is not right. And you know, I’m sure he’s cool. And I’m sure he’s fine, but not in my salon. We don’t do that here.”
Jonathan Antin also blames Andy Cohen for the end of his show on Fox
Antin created a new show to air on Fox. The show was to be a sort of “salon makeover” show in which Antin would help a failing salon. “I had a huge pilot that was going to air like Kitchen Nightmares, with the same producers as Gordon Ramsey, Arthur Smith did a spinoff, sort of a sister to Kitchen Nightmares, called Salon Nightmares, and we shot a whole episode,” he recalls.
“It was going to air, and it was amazing,” he said. “It was about me going into other salons that were disastrous and tearing them to pieces, retraining all the staff and rebuilding them. Big reopenings and something like Tabatha takes over.”
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“But Andy got wind of it and because it was with Fox and Andy didn’t really have anything to do with it, but they were supposed to have like a partnership on the launch,” Antin added. “Andy freaked out and announced Tabitha’s Salon Takeover at the Upfronts the day before we were going to announce it.”
Antin’s show never saw the light of day. “[The] show was going to air,” he said. “Mike Darnell was the head of alternative entertainment [at Fox]. He said to me, ‘I’m sorry, Jonathan, we’re not doing a second thing.’ And Andy has already announced the show. So it’s over, it’s done,'” he recalled.