Bravo's Andy Cohen turned up on "Hardball" Wednesday, and his chat with Chris Matthews was just as surreal as viewers might have expected.
While introducing Cohen, Matthews stressed that his own producers were huge fans of the "Watch What Happens Live" host. "Both in New York where you are and down here in Washington, everyone seems to absolutely love you," Matthews said. "Wow," Cohen responded.
Matthews played a clip of Cohen asking Miss USA contestants to name the vice president during his late night talk show, an answer only few contestants could provide. Following the clip, Matthews seemed to appear just speechless, but said that there were a few things that he would not know about as well, like facts about hockey. Cohen served up some truly priceless expressions of mild befuddlement as Matthews assured him he also had no clue who Gianni Versace was until the fashion icon was shot dead.
"But the vice president of the United States," Matthews said in disbelief. "That was pretty shocking," Cohen said.
Matthews steered the conversation to a discussion about the upcoming fundraiser for President Obama hosted by Vogue chief Anna Wintour and (Cohen's good friend) Sarah Jessica Parker. Matthews played Wintour's video message about the fundraiser, and asked Cohen to weigh in. "You know 'Devil Wears Prada' was one heck of a movie. I wonder if this is going to be a heck of a campaign ad," Matthews said.
"I hadn't seen that ad. I saw one that Sarah Jessica did that I thought was great. I mean she's a very approachable person and very likable...I understand how this ad that you just showed might seem a little um, you know, a little, uh, not accessible," Cohen said, making Matthews chuckle.
"I'm going to that dinner," Cohen added, "so I'll let you know how it is."
"Well good, you can be my reporter," Matthews responded.