This Sunday, July 28, after appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor slammed the Bravo host for allegedly bringing unnecessary drama to the screen.
During their interview, Cohen, 51, mentioned Dolemite Is My Name, the recent film in which Burgess starred in with Eddie Murphy.
“Was he cool to work with?” Cohen asked.
“He was wonderful to work with,” Burgess, 40, said, calling the comedian a true “legend.”
“Did you get to chat with him at all?” Cohen asked.
“Of course I did! Why wouldn’t I?” Burgess replied, defensively.
“I just wonder if you got close at all, because he was very problematic for the gays at one point,” Cohen explained.
“Oh I see, well he wasn’t problematic for Tituss. We had a wonderful time, talked about Dream Girls,” the actor said, looking visibly upset. “He was great and any troubles he may have had with gay people, well I guess they’re gone because he loved me.”
After shutting Cohen down following the awkward Eddie Murphy conversation, Burgess turned to the audience and waved a finger at Cohen.
“What are you saying Tituss?” the host asked.
“Keep going girl, do the show,” Burgess responded, dismissing the host.
After the interview aired, Burgess continued bashing Cohen on Instagram.
Replying to a fan who asked him how it was to meet Cohen, Burgess wrote: “She can be a messy queen!”
And the actor didn’t back off there.
“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 continued.
Burgess said that Cohen was lucky he brought his Christian values to the stage that day, or he would’ve fired back more harshly when asked about his relationship with Murphy, 58.
“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,” Burgess continued. “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.”
On his on his SiriusXM radio show, Andy Cohen Live, this Monday, July 29, Cohen addressed the awkwardness and animosity between him and Burgess.
“He wasn’t having me,” Cohen said. “What can I tell you? From the jump. I was trying, but no idea.”
The host explained that even backstage, Burgess gave him attitude.
“He ran out of there. Did not sign the guest book — he ran out,” Cohen said. “He was like, ‘He knows I was here.’ That’s what he said to the person who asks to sign the guest book. It was something else, alright.”
Cohen said it all went downhill after he forgot the fact that Burgess wrote the musical adaptation of The Preacher’s Wife, and the actor took the mistake as a snub.
“I’ve done 1300 episodes. Forgive me for forgetting you wrote the musical about The Preacher’s Wife,” Cohen told his listeners.
Despite Burgess obvious disdain for Cohen, the Bravo host seemed fine with the outcome of their interview.
“He made an entertaining show, I’ll tell you that,” Cohen said. “Sometimes it’s fun to watch the show when the guest hates the host.”