When Carole Radziwill and Aviva Drescher both found themselves on the cast of “The Real Housewives of New York” together, things looked promising.
“Carole and I in the very beginning were very very close,” Drescher told the “Out in the Wild” podcast recently. “Sort of like Bethenny [Frankel] and Carole. We were very, very close, like sisters. She was over at my house like all the time, with my kids, my husband off camera. All the time! She stayed with us in the Hamptons. We were besties.”
That is, Drescher said, until after she called Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan “white trash” during a vacation at St. Barth’s at the end of season 5.
According to Drescher, the words were going to make her very unpopular, so she switched away from Aviva’s team.
“After I called the girls white trash in St. Barths, maybe she got wind that I was going to be unpopular or whatever, and she sort of pulled back in real life from me,” Drescher tells the podcast. “She just was very contrived. It was all very contrived.”
“When we opened the second season, she was not being very nice to me at all,” said Drescher on the podcast, who often brought her father onto the show, allowing him to assault her co-stars. “After Ramona and I made up over the shots, the cameras were down and I said, ‘Ramona, you know Carole’s being such a b**ch, I don’t know why.’ She was like, ‘Oh gosh that’s terrible.’ We were just talking about Carole and it came up.”
The problems between the two started when Drescher landed a book deal for her memoir and asked Radziwill, who wrote “What Remains: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship and Love,” which made the New York Times Best Seller List in 2005, for help.
Things quickly turned sour when Drescher mentioned that she herself as using a ghostwriter and assumed Radziwill did as well. The talk turned to a heated argument as Radziwill defended her book.
When the cast headed to the Hamptons, Drescher asked Ramona Singer why Radziwill wasn’t being more supportive, the argument grew even more heated, and cast member Heather Thomson defended Radziwill in the book war.
This is happening right now in NYC. A tsunami heading toward the city. There is nothing to do but brace. But sure tell us again how Trump and the Fed Govt is doing all they can.
— Carole Radziwill (@CaroleRadziwill) March 25, 2020
In 2006, Radziwill wrote a monthly column for Glamour magazine called Lunch Date. Her “dates” included former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani as well as actors Antonio Banderas, Rachel Weisz, and Alec Baldwin.
Her first novel, “The Widow’s Guide to Sex & Dating,” was released in February of 2014. Radziwill received a six-figure deal from Holt Publishing for the book.
Given Radziwill’s history, Drescher regrets her “ghostwriter” comments.
“I didn’t know that it would be such a big deal. I figured it’d be a little storyline. Carole just got so bent out of shape about it and so upset, and it just blew up into this whole thing, and I really felt bad,” said Drescher, who never returned to “RHONY.”