When Season 7 of The Real Housewives of New York City premieres on Tuesday night, one person viewers won’t see is Aviva Drescher, who was in the show’s fifth and sixth seasons. A housewife who’s quite glad about that is Carole Radziwill. In an interview with E! News that was posted on Monday morning, Carole said that she believes viewers will enjoy watching the new season without Aviva.
“I think the audience is relieved. I think it’s probably best for [Aviva] not to be on television. She doesn’t do herself any favors. I’m sure in her real life, off camera, she’s doing well.”
Carole, who was accused by Aviva of not writing her books on the last season, believes that the upcoming season is more balanced than the previous one, showing the women actually having fun together instead of just negative drama.
“Last year was toxic for a lot of us. It was just more obvious with me, but it wasn’t a great environment. It got very nasty and dark. Clearly the audience was not into that. This year it’s more Shakespearean. It’s highs and lows with a thread of comedy going through the whole thing. There are a lot of women, first of all, and there’s a lot of emotion. A lot of crying—even I cried! [Laughs.]…Emotions ran really deep and it was real. But then there were really fun times, too.”
Carole Radziwill also admitted that she had second thoughts about signing up for another season. She hinted that she committed to the show once she knew that Aviva wasn’t coming back. Carole also explained that she didn’t want to end her Real Housewives journey on a negative note.
“Well, I was aware when I signed on again that certain people would not be part of the cast, so that was something. I felt like last year, last season was really unpleasant and honestly, I thought about it. Like, ‘I can’t do this again. These women are just not like me and we don’t have anything in common. I can’t go through this again.’ I went through all of that in my head, but I didn’t want that feeling to be the final feeling, you know what I mean? …I didn’t want to end on this very dark note, so that was one piece of it.”
In October of 2014, executive producer Andy Cohen admitted in an Ask Andy segment that Aviva was let go from the show because the fans didn’t like her.
“I think that that was a situation where we listened to the fans.”
While Aviva Drescher, who most recently appeared on We tv’s Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars, is no longer on The Real Housewives of New York City, people may soon see her on TV again. Last week, Racked Miami reported that her 26-year-old stepmother, Dana Cody, is filming a docu-series about her Miami nail salon titled Boss Nails. Since the show will also explore her personal life with George Teichner, Aviva’s 76-year-old father, Aviva may make an appearance or two. The show is set to premiere later this year on Oxygen.
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