Here’s Why Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper Never Dated

Does the fact that Andy Cohen—Bravo’s go-to guy for Real Housewives reunion drama and the host of Watch What Happens Live (which gets a weird, totally unnecessary name change in the new year)—and Anderson Cooper—of CNN and Vanderbilt family fame—aren’t the most fashionable, important gay couple this side of the Atlantic bother anyone else? If it doesn’t bother you, have you at least ever wondered why the two were never an item?

We know that Cohen and Cooper are good friends. They even travel the country together as the AC² tour, subtitled “An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen.” They vacation together, both call New York City home and each have boyfriends of their own. (Maybe that last one explains it.)

Well, on Wednesday night’s episode of Watch What Happens Live, Cooper and the two guys’ female bestie, Kelly Ripa (who we recently learned helped diagnose skin cancer on Cohen’s lip) sat down together for a ‘friend sesh.’ Not only did Ripa refer to Cooper as her “one that got away” (???) but we learned the one reason why Cooper and Cohen could never make it work.

As it turns out, years back they were set up on a blind date. But Anderson Cooper has a dealbreaker, and Cohen broke the deal. In fact, Cooper says Cohen broke his “cardinal rule” within two minutes.

“You know Anderson is a Vanderbilt,” Cohen says to Ripa, which immediately got Cooper riled up.

“What do you mean ‘I’m a [Vanderbilt]?'” Cooper says. “What does that even mean?”

Then Cooper tells the brief story of their love affair that never was:

“Andy and I were first set up on a blind date, which never happened ‘cause we had a phone call and after two minutes I was like, ‘Uhh, I’m not dating this guy.’ He broke my cardinal rule, which is he mentioned my mom within the first, like, four sentences of meeting me. If someone does that, it’s a deal breaker.”

A note to all gay men who may be interested in pursuing Cooper in the future: Shy away from talk of his family, and leave the Vanderbilt jeans on your closet shelf where they belong.