Carole Radziwill: George, Get Off My TV!


Carole Radziwill is taking to her Bravo Blog to discuss this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of New York City. Carole explains that she thinks gossip is BS, says she doesn’t believe Sonja about Russ Irwin and tells George to get off her TV!

Sonja is a Ding Bat
The Women is one of my all-time favorite movies, you really should watch. It’s based on a play by Clare Booth Luce about a group of high society women (one is a Countess!) in 1939 New York. They’re all socially friendly. They lunch and shop and get facials, and seem content in their champagne bubble until a manicurist at a salon starts a rumor about one of them. It leads to the divorce (and downfall) of nearly all of them. There follows cattiness and martinis. You get the idea.

Gossip should come with a Surgeon General’s Warning: “Caution: Gossip can be hazardous to your health. It can ruin careers, and break marriages. It’s known to complicate a friendship. It really pisses people off.” This episode is all about gossip. I find it nearly impossible to watch. I spent a large part of my adult life in and around one of the most gossiped about families on the planet and saw first-hand how it can destroy reputations, wound friendships, and hurt families. My threshold for mean gossip is nearly intolerable.

The thing about rumors is that everyone believes something about them, even if they are completely unfounded. There have been studies about this. As a rumor travels, it grows shorter and more concise and then it is much more easily told. After five or six retellings, regardless of how untruthful it might be, a rumor sounds completely plausible. (Remember the childhood game Telephone?)

So. Did I believe Sonja was drunk in a bar one night in Los Angeles? Absolutely. Did I believe she and Russ, my ex-boyfriend, hooked up? Either while we were together or after? Nope. But Sonja sat in her hangover robe on that rooftop with her trademark “dingbat” look and proclaimed that Russ did “flirt with her” in St. Barth’s.

And that’s all it takes to fuel a rumor. (It’s hard to imagine she even remembers St. Barth’s. She was drunk most of the time. In fact, just after meeting Russ, she did a striptease with a floor lamp, who was probably flirting with her, too. LOL.)

I’m not the kind of girl who fights over a man, especially an ex, but I am a girl. So even though Russ and I had broken up nearly a year earlier, when I hear this rumor it’s still. . .peculiar. So I did what any normal girl would do, with Kristen’s mouth still agape, I called Sonja.

I asked her what any normal girl would ask, what the f—? Because where I’m from, women have each other’s backs. They don’t perpetuate gossip about their friends. Sonja denied that it happened but didn’t apologize for letting Satako repeat it while she giggled.

I also called Russ. He didn’t remember meeting Sonja at all until I reminded him she was the drunk-er blonde in St. Barth’s. He thought it was ridiculous.

Then the reporter in me kicked in. I wanted to get to the bottom of this rumor so I paid a visit to the Satako. I booked the appointment under my maiden name hoping to get some info before she recognized me. Picture me with a scarf tied around my head and sunglasses. After this gig’s up, I’ll be a spy.

Satako was open and charming and we had a nice chat about friendship and gossip. She told me Sonja already knew what she was going to say and I told her the story of The Women. When she asked me in her charming broken English, “Am I manicurist?” I said yes and when she asked what happened to the manicurist I told her a white lie to make my point: “She was never heard from again.” Her eyes got big, and I left her a great tip: “Don’t repeat gossip. It will hurt your business.”

Russ says he never banged Sonja and I believe him but hey, things happen. If that rumor is even partly true it says nothing about me and everything about Sonja. None of it good. Sonja says people are always taking advantage of her except, well, when she is taking advantage of them.

And Kristen, whether it’s true or not, what’s so funny about Sonja sleeping with my ex-boyfriend? What’s so titillating about implying LuAnn cheats on her boyfriend? I’m curious if I would find it just as funny if the rumors were about your husband? About Sonja’s infamous Ex?

Another “#WTFbyBravo” Moment
No, Aviva is not disgusted by her father’s behavior as she claims to be. If she were, she’d keep him off television. She’d be horrified, he’d be in a closet. Instead she celebrates him. She thinks gross sex talk makes an interesting storyline. Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee, with a sex-addict crazy father!

The problem is he’s so over the top, it’s uncomfortable to watch. I love a good drama — whether a screaming match or a hair pulling — but I’m with the audience on this one: get George off the TV. It’s sickening to hear an old man sexually degrade women in all kinds of vile ways.

George isn’t a pedophile, (still I wouldn’t want my teenage daughter anywhere near him). He might be a necrophiliac; he’s definitely a pervert, and also a liar. Last season George swore on his daughter’s good leg that he never had a boner for Sonja, that it “never happened.” This season we hear differently; that he did but it was Sonja who backed into it. Now George swears on his daughter’s good leg and her children, and his story once again turns out to be untrue. You all heard the young lady at lunch. She didn’t go back to the house. She looks absolutely perplexed talking to Ramona. I believe her and I feel for her. She has no idea what damage has been done to her reputation by Aviva and her dad. Word on the street is that Miss USA didn’t take the news smiling…..stay tuned.

Oh yeah, and George? Get off our TV.”

Photo Credit: Bravo


16 Replies to “Carole Radziwill: George, Get Off My TV!”

  1. Thank you, Carole! I am so sick of watching this man and can’t figure out how he is relevant to The Real Housewives! #overit

  2. if carol has such a problem with george, why is she always indulging him and asking him questions about his sex life?

  3. For Bravo to keep giving George screen time is ….. well what do you think it says….. where is the respect for women. George is a total insult to his friends and family. Please keep him off my tv set or I will have to stop watching…. I’m serious.

  4. As anyone noticed how quick Kristen was to tell her tale to Luann and Carole. And how she
    ran to confront Sonja in Saratoga. Told Heather to go downstairs. Shades of her friend
    Brandi. I think that she is being coached by her in how to stir it up.
    Stir the pot and Bravo will keep you. Maybe she is not as dumb as she appears to be.
    Also seems kind of strange that Luann and Carole were together. Not so common.

  5. such a mean spirited, vindictive blog post by carole. … who was married to john kennedys cousin for a mere 5 years 4 of which he was dying over 10 years ago and has made a pathetic attempt of a career from being his widow. you can’t get much lower and classless than cashing in on and making a career out of your dead husbands family name.. and then being on this show.

    Carole tells us she is above it all and yet manages to out slime and go lower than all the other housewives the minute she feels threatened. Such insecurity and lack of class, no wonder lee radziwill wants nothing to do with her. This loser lives in a pot induced fantasy world where she sees herself as dorothy parker . Here is a reality check for Carole DiFalco, you are no writer and you are the definition of poser.

  6. Actually DebBren she was an established journalist when she met her husband, who by the way was also a journalist and a crowned prince. You say she is not a writer even though she has 2 books out that both made it to NY best seller list. She also has traveled around the globe as a journalist, and one that was highly respected. I have never seen her talking about his family, nor her telling tales of sleeping with some other woman’s man. We have not seen her drunk out of her mind, and falling all over any man in the room. That type of woman is a poser.

    1. Donna,
      actually, she was not a established journalist, she was a assistant. She did not win an award on her own, she worked on a story that won awards, not doubt due to her connection to Radziwell. Highly respected? by whom? because I lived in NY during “her time” and never heard of her. For all her talk abput how close she was to Joh Kennedy and his wife, there are no photos of them together in the press, and during thae time she was “married” the press followed John and Carolyn incessantly. Her husband was not a real prince. because there has not been royalty in Poland since the 1700’s. She is no princess. Her mother in law lee, and her sister in law Tina want nothing to do with her, nor does Caroline Kennedy. You obviously have not read her books if you believe she does not talk about and live off that family name. she not only has been drunk on the show but she’s obviously been very stoned.

  7. I am kind of over Carol. I agree with Mikey. If you are so appalled by George’s deviant behavior then why are you chatting him up and inquiring about ” squirting orgasms”?
    Gossip can ruin careers, friendships, marriages and reputations. However, you are a cast member on a Reality TV program that is promoted by gossip blogs, rumor and such. If you have such an ethical problem with gossip then go back to investigative journalism. You can’t have it both ways. Carol, you sold out. Own it or sthu.

  8. Lol love Carole so much! She is wickedly smart and wickedly funny and personally I feel that the people who don’t like her or find her mean just arent smart enough to keep up with her!

    1. I can keep up with her, you seem pretty gullible though.

      If you read her wiki page carefully and often ( since she has admitted to correcting and adding to it herself )

      1986 unpaid intern, secretary ( no date ) and then “promoted to producer 1991 right after she began dateing radziwill. hmmmmm they married 1994 he died 1999
      she didn’t work while he was sick.
      then as soon as he died …
      she wrote 2 book exploiting his death and knowing john and carolyn kennedy.. read her book, it;s all about carolyn,,, yet there are no pictures of her anywhere with carolyn or John.

      in 2003 she produced a few pieces for abc Profiles from the Frontline but that show was cancelled after 3 episodes.

      2006 she wrote a monthly column for glamour about lunch dates with famous men that lasted less than 1 year

      2011 real housewives

      hardly a stellar resume

      her only accomplishment seems to be marrying a dying relation to the kennedys.

  9. Carole, brilliant! You are a fabulous writer, witty, and love your observational humor. Aviva does love George’s creepy antics and she is so disgusting. She makes Sonja and Romona look sane! I’m also glad you scoped out gossip. Most would do the same. Ignore the haters. It comes with the territory of when you are out there. But people are making one good point. Distance yourself from George and stop giggling like a school girl when he is talking dirty. It encourages him and grosses out your fans. Don’t feed the dirty bird.

  10. Hi every1 I’m new at posting I really enjoy reading all of UR comments it’s nice to know I’m not alone in thinking CAROLE is most deff not all that & a bag of chips lol
    4some1 who doesn’t care so much for the gossip she sure does enough of it concerning Avia
    To me her mouth takes up the whole tv screen and I really wish she put some effort in the way she dresses. I’m seeing a different side of CAROLE I’m not liking

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