It feels like a whole lifetime ago when Aviva Drescher threw her prosthetic leg across the room. Nevertheless, Real Housewives of New York is still going strong with its current cast. One ongoing storyline this season is the rift between Bethenny Frankel and Carole Radziwill.
Aviva is all too familiar when it comes to fighting with Carole. This is not one of those situations where “time heals all wounds.” Aviva still has a lot of animosity toward her former costar and she’s not afraid to let it all out.
Aviva dished on her time as a Real Housewife during an episode of The Reality Rundown podcast. Aviva was asked about Bethenny’s claim that Carole “needs a friend by her at all times.” Before getting to the question, Aviva said, “We were definitely very, very close. I fell head over heels for Carole. Carole…. I think…. does what’s good for Carole.” So maybe “what’s good for Carole” is having a friend by her side at all times.
Then Aviva explained the breakdown of her relationship with Carole. She admitted, “I think Step 1 for me and Carole was when I called the girls white trash.” And by “the girls” she means Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan specifically.
Aviva recalled, “I sort of turned from being a fan favorite to a fan non-favorite.” She continued, “When I started to get a little bit hated for going after Sonja and Ramona, for the whole white trash thing, and all that, Carole in real life started to distance herself from me.”
Aviva claimed, “[Carole]is such a strategic person. It’s unbelievable. Her whole life is like that. It’s incredible. She’s extremely contrived….. but trying so hard to not let people know that she is contrived.”
Then she made a pretty bold (and very interesting) claim : “Let me make it clear why Carole is one hundred percent on the show. She is best friends with Andy [Cohen] for many many years. That’s a political game over there. She’s positioned herself and made herself popular on social media. She’s very well set up over there where she really doesn’t have to do anything.” Aviva added, “She has major job security.”
Aviva discussed getting fired from the show. She admitted, “I was surprised. I think that I had a lot. I think I could have had a lot more fun and done a lot more. ” She even claimed, “I do believe comes down a lot to Carole. I do.” Very interesting.
Then, Aviva brought us back to the story line known as “bookgate.” She revealed, “Bookgate came up because I was talking to Ramona off-camera about how Carole was blowing me off.”
Aviva continued, “When I told her that my publisher told me that Carole had a ghostwriter, Ramona was like ‘Oh my gosh. You have to bring it on air. That’s such a great story line.’ Carole was being such a bitch to me anyway, so I figured ‘Why not bring that on?’ I had no idea that was going to hit such a nerve. Honestly.”
Aviva recalled, “She became vicious. She went after my husband’s business. She honestly looked at it as an assault on her livelihood, which was not my intention. I couldn’t reel her back. I tried to. I tried to apologize to her on camera. I said on air that the book was so good.”
Aviva theorized, “I think to this day, that is why I’m not on the show.” She explained, “I think she went right to Andy and said ‘If you bring Aviva back, I’m not coming back.’” And instead we were subjected to watching Carole order eggs for 9 minutes and discussing a marathon for way too many episodes. Just imagine what we could have had if Aviva was still in the mix.
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