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BRAVO TV's Andy Cohen Signs Million Dollar Memoir Deal

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Aug. 9 2011, Updated 7:20 a.m. ET

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By Radar Staff

Andy Cohen is used to getting the Real Housewives to dish and tell all -- now, it's his turn!

The openly gay network executive and host of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live received a seven-figure advance for his untitled memoir announced Monday by Henry Holt for publication in summer 2012.

Cohen, 43, who's credited with creating the hugely successful Real Housewives franchise, says the book will "be a memoir, of sorts, about my intersections with pop culture over the years, from growing up in front of the TV as a kid in St. Louis to my years at CBS News, all the way up to today.

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The stories I've been saving up are funny and improbable and really define who I am today."

The memoir will also trace his life from a closeted gay teen and tell funny yet classic stories of how such pop culture classics as The Brady Bunch and Donny and Marie inspired his career and helped him navigate his life.

This type of large advance shows Holt believes Cohen can go from niche cable star to mainstream hit with the memoir, which will likely be one of next summer's most heavily promoted titles.

Sources say Holt believes the book will find an audience with "housewives who think Andy is their gay best friend."

While Cohen is open to suggestions for a title, one thing he won't call it, he says: Stories Sarah Jessica Told Me.

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