'WWHL' After Show Safeguards Content, Shifts from Elon Musk's X Amid Antisemitism Concerns
In a strategic move to safeguard its content from potential exposure to inappropriate and antisemitic posts, the producers of "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen" have opted to remove their after show from Elon Musk's social media platform, X, formerly known as Twitter. The decision, driven by concerns about their content residing alongside offensive material, was made to ensure a safe environment for the show's audience, as exclusively disclosed to Page Six by an inside source.
This proactive measure comes in the aftermath of Elon Musk's controversial support for an antisemitic post on X, wherein he endorsed a statement accusing Jewish communities of promoting dialectical hatred against whites. Despite Musk's subsequent apology, the incident prompted major advertisers, including Walmart and Apple, to sever ties with X.
The official X account for "WWHL" announced the relocation of their after show on November 26, directing viewers to stream it on Facebook Live. While the move garnered mixed reviews, the show's Facebook account, boasting 570,000 followers, surpasses its X following of 460,000, potentially mitigating any impact on viewership.
While the after show content has shifted to Facebook, the main "WWHL" account, as well as Andy Cohen's personal accounts, remains active on X.
This decision unfolds amidst ongoing, emotionally charged discussions within Bravo, the network airing "WWHL," regarding an appropriate response to the Israel-Hamas conflict following the October 7 attacks. Despite criticisms, poignant moments, such as Cohen and "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Dorit Kemsley lighting a menorah to mark the first day of Hanukkah live on "WWHL," have resonated positively.
NBCUniversal, Bravo's parent company, released a statement expressing deep sadness over the conflict and committed $2 million to humanitarian efforts in Israel. Requests for comment from Cohen and Bravo remain unanswered as of now.