Tituss Burgess has called out Andy Cohen for “ratchet behaviour” on his show.
The Emmy-nominated star of Netflix comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt appeared on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen alongside Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox on Sunday night, and things got a little awkward.
As Tituss spoke about his new movie Dolemite Is My Name, in which he stars alongside “legend” Eddie Murphy, Andy took the opportunity to quiz him over Eddie’s past homophobic comments – which he has since apologised for.
“I was just wondering if you got close [to Eddie] at all, because he was very problematic for the gays at one point,” Andy probed, at which point viewers noticed the atmosphere got tense between the host and his guests.
“Oh I see. He wasn’t problematic for Tituss,” the actor replied, with Laverne adding: “That was a long time ago, people can evolve.”
Tituss continued: “We had a wonderful time. We talked about Dream Girls, he should’ve won the Oscar, I believe. He was great. And any troubles he may have had with gay people I guess are gone because he loved me.”
As Tituss appeared to mouth something to an audience member off camera, Andy questioned what he was saying, to which he replied: “Keep going, girl. Do your show.”
Now, in a comment on one of his Instagram posts, Tituss explained why he was so disappointed with his experience on the show, calling Andy a “messy queen” and saying he felt disrespected by the questions he received.
“She can be a messy queen! Yes I said it! Don’t care he knows either! He should remember his talk show isn’t an episode of the real housewives of Atlanta! It’s a place where artists come to talk about art and have a little fun. NOT a place to rehash old rumors or bring a star negative press,” he wrote.
“Sunday was a display of ratchet behavior by a well connected man having blatant disregard for one of his guests. If only time were taken to know who I am and not assuming that I am the character I play on tv he would know how to conduct a proper interview with at all! I received 4 Emmy nominations for acting! NOT for being my self.
“He was lucky I had my wits and Christian values THAT day. Always keep it classy. Being friends with other talented celebrities doesn’t make you talented it makes you friends with other famous celebrities! He should rip a page from Anderson Cooper and learn how to do his job.”