Things got heated between Carole Radziwill and Aviva Drescher on Tuesday night’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York City.
What first started out as a friendly lunch date turned into a nightmare.
It all started when Drescher asked Radziwill for advice on completing her first book. But things got sour when Drescher seemed to imply that Radziwill had used a ghostwriter to pen her own bestselling memoir, What Remains.
“Is she insinuating I hired a ghostwriter to write my first book?” Radziwill asked on camera during an interview with producers, “That’s awkward and awful,” she said.
Radziwill then asked Drescher if she had used a ghostwriter, in which Drescher replied, “I just wrote … It was kind of like e-mailing … It wasn’t that big of a deal.” Radziwill quipped back, “What she’s saying undermines those who spend years crafting.”
And of course, the drama didn’t end after lunch, as Drescher took it to the other housewives, telling them Radziwill definitely did utilize a ghostwriter. “She’s written one book … I felt one-upped and put down,” Drescher told Ramona Singer following the lunch. “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.”
Drescher also later said to Heather Thomson and Kristen Taekman, “Suddenly, I was having to defend my 20-year writing career. 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.”