Andy Cohen Confronts Troll Who Told Him He Should Be 'Better' for His Son: I'm 'a Real Person'

"Social media in a nutshell…." the Bravo host said of the interaction on Instagram

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Andy Cohen is confronting his social media haters head-on.

On Thursday, the Bravo producer, 53, posted screenshots from an interaction with someone in his Instagram DMs who messaged him, "You should try and be a better person for your son."

However, when Cohen, dad to 2½-year-old son Benjamin Allen, replied, "What am I doing wrong?" the person quickly backtracked.

"Oh wow didn't expect a response, I was just being a troll," they wrote. "You're doing fine. Sry."

"I am indeed a real person," the Watch What Happens Live host then wrote. "Thanks for understanding"

"It's so cool that you responded. You probably shouldn't confront trolls though," the person added to Cohen, who quipped in response, "You probably shouldn't troll people though."

"Social media in a nutshell…." he captioned the post.

His fellow stars shared their shock at the interaction in the comments section below, with Today's Savannah Guthrie writing, "Is this real? Because omg."

"Oh dear lord," Padma Lakshmi added, while Southern Charm's Shep Rose wrote, "That is patently insane. And not even a little surprising. We are so screwed."

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Cohen welcomed Ben via surrogate in February 2019. Sharing a black-and-white photo of himself holding his son on Instagram to celebrate his arrival at the time, Cohen wrote, "I'm in love. And speechless. And eternally grateful to an incredible surrogate. And I'm a dad. Wow."

Last month, he opened up to PEOPLE about how his dating life has changed since then, saying the stakes are "absolutely" higher now that he is a father.

"Now there's an endgame," he said, noting that he has more than just himself to consider when choosing a potential partner. "Are you going to be a good stepfather? It's changed everything."

As for what he looks for in a partner, Cohen explained, "I like very independent people who have their own things going with their own lives, who are very strong in their belief systems. That's very attractive to me."

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