Real Men Watch Bravo changes its name after being blasted online


Bravo heard our complaints, and Real Men Watch Bravo will officially be changing its name and hopefully the entire concept.

Earlier this week, Bravo announced a new late-night show coming to their network called Real Men Watch Bravo. The show, hosted by Bravo superfan Jerry O’Connell, was supposed to be a tongue-in-cheek discussion that featured a panel of comedians and other Hollywood men who were comfortable enough in their sexuality to admit that they loved Bravo. The only problem is, the Internet did not take too warmly to the show’s concept or title.

People on Twitter, mostly women and gay men, blasted the Bravo network for implying that the gay male fans the network already had weren’t “real men” and questioned why this show needed to exist in the first place. In fact, Culturess also questioned the show’s tone-deaf decision to feature a presumably all-straight, male cast, especially under the moniker “Real Men” Watch Bravo. 

Well, it seems like Bravo heard our complaints loud and clear. The network announced that they will be changing the name of the show, and in no way intended to leave out any of their fans.

“Bravo has always prided itself on being inclusive,” a spokeswoman for the network said. “This show is a tongue-in-cheek celebration of all things Bravo featuring a diverse range of perspectives. The original title was not meant to be exclusionary in any way, but we hear you and will be announcing a new title shortly.”

There’s no word on if that means the show’s panel will feature LGBTQ or female panelists, but we’re guessing from all the heat they were under, they will definitely try to diversify the cast a little bit.

O’Connell, the show’s host and co-producer, did respond to HuffPost on Twitter after the announcement of the show got criticism to say that they hope it will feature women, namely women from various Real Housewives franchises.

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Only time will tell if the now-untitled Bravo late-night show will be any good or how it’ll differ from the already-popular Watch What Happens Live.