We are totally bummed, y’all.
And you’re about to be, too.
Officials with the Bravo cable TV network confirmed today that host-with-the-most Andy Cohen and his “Watch What Happens Live” show won’t be returning to South by Southwest this year.
In 2013 and again in 2014, the show originated from Austin, bringing buzzy celebrities to the city and giving Central Texas global exposure on Bravo.
The network didn’t provide a reason why “Watch What Happens Live” isn’t bound for SXSW, but it’s not all that surprising. A number of other high-profile events have also pulled out this year, including the iTunes Festival at the Austin City Limits Live venue and that ginormous Doritos-vending-machine-turned-stage near the Austin Convention Center.
The city is issuing fewer permits this year – in part, a response to last year’s SXSW tragedy that left several people dead after a man plowed a car into a crowd of festival-goers. That incident led many to question whether the festival had gotten too big for Austin.
While Bravo won’t be here this SXSW, ABC still will. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is set to originate from the Long Center for the Performing Arts March 16-20.