Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ won’t return to SXSW this year

Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen

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.

Author: Gary Dinges

Gary Dinges covers bars/restaurants, movies, music, radio and TV -- plus a bunch of other fun stuff -- for the Austin American-Statesman.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s