Carole Radziwill Describes Her Time On ‘Real Housewives Of New York City’ As ‘Unusual’

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This may have been Carole Radziwill’s last season on The Real Housewives of New York City, but the author, journalist and former reality star isn’t done reminiscing about her “unusual” time on the show. According to Radziwill in an interview with Bravo, her days on RHONY were an “interesting life experience,” and she is glad she was there in front of cameras to document some of her favorite moments.

Radziwill appeared on The Real Housewives of New York for six seasons, but prior to appearing on the show, she says that she didn’t watch it, and she wasn’t prepared for the personality dynamics and drama. Thinking back, she looks at her behavior early on in the show as colored by an innocence that was gone by the later seasons, after she understood the show better.

The award-winning journalist describes her relationship with LuAnn de Lesseps as the perfect illustration of that growth. She says she didn’t understand the drama that circulated, and that drama translated to a tumultuous start with The Countess. The two eventually developed a relationship that was at times contentious and always evolving. Now, they have a mutual understanding.

Radziwill told The Daily Dish says she loved working with Dorinda Medley and that anything she says is her favorite line from the show, particularly the scene where Medley breaks out the infamous “clip” gesture to shut her co-stars down.

Then there’s Ramona Singer and her mispronunciations, which are “hilarious,” according to Radziwill. She says Singer “doesn’t know how funny she is.”

Radziwill isn’t retiring after her stint on the show. She recently appeared at the University of Rhode Island Harrington School of Communication & Media to give a speech on her media career.

During the speech, she recalled how it all began. When Radziwill was asked by Andy Cohen to do the show, she says she turned to journalist Christiane Amanpour for advice.

“When I was asked to do it, I was 47 years old. It was completely counterintuitive to anything I had done in my past and I remember calling Christiane and was like, ‘I was asked to do this reality show…’ I said, ‘It’s called Housewives and it’s a lot of women who talk loudly over each other and are very opinionated…’ And to Christiane’s credit, she said, and she was absolutely right, she said: ‘It makes perfect sense… because journalists are by nature and training curious. And just as journalists are attracted to the spectacle of politics and war, they’re also attracted to the spectacle of this cultural phenomenon that is Housewives,‘” said Radziwill.

Radziwill told Bravo that her favorite moments on the show are where she met Adam Kenworthy, and eventually developed a years-long relationship with him. She also loves having her stint running the New York City Marathon on the show.