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:
— Carole Radziwill (@CaroleRadziwill) March 19, 2014
Oh Sh*t #bookgate
— Kristen Taekman (@KristenTaekman) March 19, 2014
— Aviva Drescher (@AvivaDrescher) March 19, 2014
Tune in to next week’s episode to see how the “Bookgate” scandal plays out.
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