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Odd Couple Alert: James Frey Weighs In On His Weird JWoww Pairing

By Kristian Laliberte

jamesembedIn last Thursday’s Watch What Happens Live, Andy Cohen, and the kooky Bravo powers that be put together a bizarre guest duo that seemed straight out of a strange, humorous trip. Yes, we’re talking about A Million Little Pieces author James Frey (NB: We loved the book despite the controversy) andJersey Shore starlet JWoww.

What ensued was definite food for thought — Frey seemed a bit shy (though he dished on Oprah’s smell — “awesomeness”), and Jenni not at all (surprise, surprise, she even knew who he was!). Plus, there was the unexpected-but-cool revelation that Frey is, as Cohen so subtly puts it, “a sex symbol.” Duly intrigued, we hit up Mr. Frey for more elevated dirt on Jenni Farley, reality TV in general, and, of course, Andy Cohen. Read what happens (sorry, we had to) in our exclusive interview below. 

Are you a reality TV fan? If so, what shows are your guilty pleasures?
Real Housewives of New York, Miss Advised, Million Dollar Listing. I love The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad. Still watch Survivor.”

What’s your take on Andy Cohen and Bravo and the whole movement to turn reality stars and housewives into full-fledged phenomenons? 
“He’s an incredibly smart dude. He was a visionary in seeing the future of reality TV and basically creating it. Bravo makes the best shows, creates the most hype, has the best brand. That is in large part because of Andy. I have a huge amount of respect for him.”

What did you think when you were asked to be on the show?
“I laughed and said, ‘What time should I be there?'”

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