Aviva Drescher Slams Carole Radziwill And Heather Thomson, Challenges Carole


Aviva Drescher is taking to her Bravo Blog to continue to talk about #BookGate and her feud with Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson. Aviva slams both Heather and Carole in her blog and reacts to Carole’s comments that Aviva has illegally slandered her name.

Aviva writes, “It perhaps wasn’t the best choice of words and as a writer I should have known better, I suppose, but I still believe it was clear to everyone what I meant when I said, “it takes a village” to make a book. It does. I’ve said this all before – in the Acknowledgements of Leggy Blonde, on the show, in interviews.

But the haters can’t seem to get past the phrase — and, you know, I don’t blame them; it sounds lame. There must be a more felicitous way to say it. Would it sound better if I said “team” rather than “village?” Or maybe “coven” (that’s more Housewifey), “Clack,” “Minyan,” “Platoon,” “Mob,” “Posse” (very Heather), “Clique,” “Band,” “Troop,” “Society,” “Crowd,” “Gang,” “Party,” “Crew,” “Cluster” (“cluster f—?”), “Committee” – yes, committee: that sounds more democratic and modest than “village” or “ME.” It takes a committee to make a book. But before I abandon “village” altogether, here’s some background that may enlighten you to how I was seduced:

The phrase purportedly comes from an African Proverb — “It takes a village to raise a child.” It was used in the title of the 1996 bestseller, It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us by then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton about Clinton’s quest to find a way to improve the lives of children. The Dallas Morning News called it “a textbook for caring . . . filled with truths that are worth a read, and a reread.” (Maybe a must read for Housewives?)

The Acknowledgments section opens with “It takes a village to bring a book into the world, as everyone who has written one knows.” That was a long time ago . . . before the concept was considered weak by Carole and the “we do it alone” set. (Can’t you just see Carole chopping down those trees to make the paper to print the words that no one is allowed to change a letter of?) It’s also in the title of Jane Cowen-Fletcher’s children’s book It Takes a Village, Jethro Collins’ It Takes a Village to Murder Your Husband, and Family Guy: It Takes a Village Idiot and I Married One (maybe these two latter ones should also be required Housewife reading).

So for now, I’ll stick with being grateful to everyone in my committee. I couldn’t have done it without them. And again, congratulations to Carole for doing it on her own without help, villagers, or committees. I now know what an impossible task that is.

By the way, as gorgeous and natural as we are, I think you could say that it also takes a village — make that, committee — to make a Real Housewife real. Makeup, stylists, Spanx (or those knock-offs Heather pushes), eyelashes, Botox (those foreheads aren’t going to inject themselves), boobs, tucks, tightening, designer spare legs, hair (color and cut), manies, pedies, peels, etc. God forbid natural women should also have a little help with their words.

To me, this week’s episode belonged to Sonja. I remain moved and delighted at the way she puts herself out there. She’s so full of courage, generosity, and good nature. What a brilliant counter to the petty spats breaking out all over Housewifeville. I still maintain Sonja is the Realest; Carole and I are unfortunate distractions. Sonja should have her own show.

And finally, Carole says what I’m doing by asking about her book is “slander” and “illegal.” This is not something that was covered when I went to law school, but then maybe Carole has some special insight. Illegal, Carole? Really? Who you gonna call?”

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  • Aviva you are crazier than I thought. Let it drop. You are in the wrong and I hope your ” committee ” sits you down and sets you straight before your big mouth gets you in trouble. I think your brain was affected more than your leg in that accident or maybe that lech of a father molested you and you’ve repressed it. Either way, get some help girl.

    • Judy McKenzie

      If this were one of the other he shows, the reply would be “Aviva, darling…sit down and sfu.

  • Cin

    holy cow…. another negative rant….

  • Judy McKenzie

    Perhaps spending money on a shrink and meds instead of an image consultant would be more to Aviva’s advantage. She can write her little fingers to the bone but she won’t get out of the legal hole she has dug for herself. To avert damages in a law suit, isn’t she required to prove allegations?

  • jibbs

    Aviva, don’t worry about the two hater your beautiful, and yikes have they looked at themselves lately looking all stressed and tired. Even make up makes it worse on hater two !!!
    Hater one, has nothing but her writings, no lovers shit Harry, never gave it a 2nd look!!!
    Then you come along beautiful, a model, wife, mother,book deal.
    You know why, hater two hates you..Your Beautiful with or with out make up
    She can’t even cut it with it
    They are Jealous its that simple

    Good Luck

  • Judy McKenzie

    Jibbs. Dude. Plagiarism. Or maybe it’s just Aviva thinking we’re all stupid.
    Either way…let’s just see what happens with Aviva’s book.
    Pride cometh before a fall.
    Aviva…you are a self-centered rude brat.
    Karma has a name.

    • jibbs

      Hay don’t knock it Just protecting my girl. Everyone has a favorite, don’t they?

  • Chris

    i know this was a rant, attack, negative energy on a tree, but i thought it was well written. Aviva is wrong and she knows it but bravo on this well thought out written rant

  • LocoForBravo

    You are coocoo for coco puffs!

  • Gail

    I think a “village” of idiots raised Aviva!!

  • Nicole

    This woman is a freaking nut job. Why is she on the show?!

    • jibbs

      because people like me love her

  • DebAnn

    As a former Magma Cum Laude law graduate, I neither find your blog well-written, nor your logic sound. In fact, your behavior patterns are generally wrought with irrational, explosive outbursts, while your thinking patterns appear to be those of a generally unstable and spoiled child. It is unfortunate that with all of your education, your arguments and assertions would not land you a seat today on any high school moot court team. Lastly, the subjects of slander and libel are covered in 1L basic law classes. They are not arduous in the least, nor difficult for
    anyone on any street corner to grasp. For you to say “this was not something that was covered when I went to law school,” is just ridiculous and another one of your off the cuff untruthful excuses. Not that I necessarily think you are guilty of slander, but perhaps you ought to shut your mouth until you are entirely sure that you really know what you are talking about. And for the record, I raised a family AND practiced law. No, I don’t particularly like Carole, but you have become an absolute embarrassment.

  • Well said DebAnn.

  • Margot

    Whoa whoa whoa. ‘Maybe that lech of a father molested you…’ ??!!

    That’s taking it way far, imho. Unless I’ve missed something in the story line or some reference to Aviva’s early childhood that suggests there’s truth to that comment, then my apology. But if that’s just a random comment made, then that’s a serious error in judgment, Aunt Bee with all due respect.

    • Aunt Bee

      You are right, I went too far. I was just fed up with this book thing and find her father so inappropriate and I hit response before I should have.

  • Margot

    I have much admiration and respect for you, Aunt Bee, for not taking my comment personally. That shows great character. Good on you.
    And we *all* make rash assessments. Totally human in the heat of the moment.

    You don’t know this but I’m an Andy Griffin fan, and I love Aunt Bee. lol. I named one of my animals Opie, and Barney Fife is my personal hero.

    • Aunt Bee

      Thanks Margot. I loved Aunt Bee too.

  • Glad her and the old man are gone. There’s “creepy” and there is CREEEEEEEPPPPYY.

  • Daisy

    Lol I totally agree 3d’s
    Imagine how much worse he probably is in person