Bravo’s Andy Cohen sees his current role hosting Watch What Happens Live as “bringing stupid fun” to viewers at home. But for the past two weeks, we were thinking very seriously about him, since he announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, on Monday, he was both able to return to the show and do something much more important: reunite with his 1-year-old son, Ben.
“I’ve hosted reunions for years, but yesterday’s was the best one yet,” he wrote on Instagram Tuesday morning, sharing a photo from the moment his son saw him again on Monday.
Cohen, who has asthma, described his symptoms on his Sirius XM show as “a fever, tightness in my chest, a cough, very very achy, some chills, loss of smell and appetite.” His doctor recommended he get a pulse oximeter, which let him monitor his own oxygen levels at home to ease his mind.
Also on his mind was his longing to be with his son. It puts all our complaining about being stuck at home with our kids into perspective.
“I just stayed in my room for that whole time,” Cohen said on Today Tuesday morning. “When he was in the kitchen, I wasn’t in the kitchen. He, I guess, thought I was out of town.”
How big is Cohen’s home that he is actually able to hide from a toddler for 10 days? That is one intense game of hide and seek. And we can only imagine what torture it was for Cohen.
“Look, I’m a romantic,” he told Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. “I’ve been sitting in my room, thinking of nothing but seeing him again, watching him on the nanny cam.”
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Cohen’s doctor said that it would be safe to have contact with Ben five days after his last symptom. Finally, after he recorded his radio show on Monday, it was time to see him again.
“It was a delightful reunion,” he reported. “I can’t say it was one for a movie. I joined him playing blocks, and he immediately started knocking down what I was making. But he was delighted. His face lit up, and he touched me a lot.”
Let’s hope we’ll be hearing about more reunions like this — and fewer separations — very soon.
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