Anyone who wished they could see more of Jerry O’Connell gossiping on TV (besides the times he’s hired as Ryan Seacrest’s unofficial seat filler on Live with Kelly and Ryan) was surely delighted to hear the news last month that Bravo was giving him his own TV show. Jerry’s late-night show was going to be called Real Men Watch Bravo, and it was set to premiere in the fall. Not many people were feeling the name, because it can be argued that real men already watch Bravo, and they’re called the viewers of every Real Housewives franchise in existence. And so a few days after the announcement of Real Men Watch Bravo, Bravo announced the show would be renamed. Jerry is now apologizing for that.
Page Six says he spoke about the situation during a Q&A with AOL Build. Jerry supports Bravo’s decision to change the show’s title to Play by Play.
“There will be no more mention of gender in that title or anything; we’re really sorry about that. We really heard everyone’s issues with it, and we made sure to change it. We want to apologize for that title; we didn’t think it was as insensitive…we heard everyone’s voices when we came out with that title. We don’t want anyone to feel excluded in any way.”
I say good riddance to Real Men Watch Bravo. But sadly, Play by Play has none of the pizazz or glitter I associate with Bravo. It actually sounds like a macho dating show that airs after midnight on Spike TV, where Jerry would be called “The Jerewolf” by his beer-crushing sidekick, Boner. That might appeal to Bravo’s resident socialite douchebag Jax Taylor, but not much else. Did they really have to trash the first name all together? Yeah, People With Real High Tolerances for Shrieking Watch Bravo is maybe a bit long.