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Carole Radziwill Defends Herself on RHONY

    March 19, 2014
    Heather Vecchioni
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It was the bitch slap heard ‘round the world, or at least ‘round the Bravo circuit, Tuesday night on The Real Housewives of New York City, when Aviva Drescher accused Carole Radziwill of using a ghostwriter for her memoir What Remains.

The two housewives were out to lunch when Drescher, who had just finished writing her own memoir Leggy Blonde, intended to pick Radziwill’s brain about the writing process, but instead hinted around that she thought Radziwill had used a ghostwriter to help write her best-selling book.

This may not seem like a big deal at first glance, but Radziwill is a writing veteran. She’s been a professional journalist for 20 years, and has penned two successful books. Needless to say, Radziwill was a bit offended.

“Suddenly, I was having to defend my 20-year writing career,” Radziwill told Heather Thomson and Kristen Taekman in the episode. “She asked me if I hired a ghostwriter. Who asks that? Did she just question my credibility and career? It’s the worst thing you could say to a writer.”

And Drescher didn’t stop the bad-mouthing at lunch; she went on to tell other housewives of the alleged ghostwriting cover up.

“She’s written one book,” Drescher said to cast mate Ramona Singer. “I felt one-upped and put down. She had this attitude that ‘I’m the writer.’ Carole shopped her novel at my publishing house, and they passed. They said it needed to be completely overhauled. I heard her first book had a ghostwriter.”

Clever Carole, however, in her blog entitled “This Blog Was Ghostwritten by Stephen King,” stated what she believed to be the real reason for the accusations.

“Aviva was looking for a way to promote her book on the show, I get that,” she wrote. “She knew that by engaging me in a drama about writing she’d get a lot of attention, which she did. There is nothing that Bravo likes more than a housewife talking about another housewife behind her back, again and again and again. So if I helped Aviva sell some books, that’s great. It’s not how I would have done it. But I’m sure my Thank You note’s in the mail.”

The housewives themselves went to Twitter to discuss the matter:

Tune in to next week’s episode to see how the “Bookgate” scandal plays out.

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  • Patricia Kennedy

    I love and admire Carole Radziwill. She went through a horrible, devastating several years long experience, losing her best friend, best friend’s husband – JFK Jr., and her own husband within a matter of weeks, then wrote movingly about the years of knowing them in a book that I absolutely treasure. Why would she need a ghost writer, when she herself is a professional writer – and was employed as a professional writer long before she wrote her first book? SHE could be a ghostwriter for other people! (Including Aviva). She met her husband when they were both working as journalists.
    I looked up Aviva’s book on Amazon (won’t mention the title but it is stupid and self serving.) You can read an excerpt, probably the only interesting excerpt from the book – how her accident happened. Aviva has one story to tell – she lost her leg in a tragic accident at age 6. After that – who cares? Plenty worse things have happened to many people and they didn’t have the forum she has as a “real housewife.”
    Don’t waste your time reading Aviva’s ode to herself, but do read “What Remains.”
    Have lost all respect – if I ever had any – for Aviva.

  • Martha Serafini

    Thank you Patricia Kennedy. I’ve never done this before but your words were so moving. I agree with you. Aviva’s agenda was very transparent, And Carole’s life and work speak for themselves. Truthfully this type of exploitation of someone’s accomplishments (Carole’s) and life is an example of the slow erosion in what used to be a very cool franchise to watch. Now it’s about self-promotion and constant conflict in very forced, contrived settings. Carole is too cool to do this. Leave it to the Aviva’s of the world. And Bravo will find them.

  • Joel Passart

    she should of yanked the leg off of that one lady and hit the one that said she was not a writer

  • LindaM

    Having NEVER seen the show, nor am I familiar with any of the characters within this show, I have only one comment. Carole Radziwill is by birth a Bouvier, and by marriage, a Kennedy relative. Her close association with JFK, Jr., is well documented. Aviva is hoping to use this as a stepping-stone to further her inert career, while trying to taint an American-European aristocrat who has absolutely not pretentiousness to greatness. She is what she is. An American icon with great writing talent, and a great story to tell. Aviva needs to get a life and quit riding on an illustrious American’s coattails to further her own inept attempt at a “career?”.

    • ConnHoll

      Carole isn’t a Bouvier by birth, her late husband’s mother is a Bouvier (Jackie’s sis) which would make her late husband a cousin to JFK Jr. and Carole a ‘cousin-in-law’.

  • Jerry O’Brien

    Aviva is a snark, an entitled, spoiled, somewhat demented snark. Coming up with pronouncements about a writers work like that, on television no less! Carole Radziwill has a 20 years career to back her up. Shut your wicked mouth now
    before you dig the hole so deep you can’t see daylight. The effrontery, like father,
    like daughter.

  • Penelope

    Aviva is obviously earning her money on RHNY by being a bitch and spreading nonsense. She is so uninteresting on her own that this is the only way she can gain attention. Her publishers should sue her for saying Carole used a ghost writer. Nobody in their right mind believes that.

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  • sinsin sin

    Ms Radziwill you are awesome the green-eyed monster that Aviva Drescher has shown her true self to be will come back and bite her on the butt…….what a very insecure and silly woman she is…not worth your time or energy if you ask me.