What started off as an innocent lunch turned into a catfight when Drescher seemed to imply that Radziwill had used a ghostwriter to pen her own bestselling memoir, What Remains.
When the two departed, Drescher continued to tell the other housewives that Radziwill had indeed utilized a ghostwriter.
After the episode aired, Drescher vented about the blowout fight.
“First of all, in the history of all the Real Housewives, everywhere, I officially declare this the STUPIDEST FIGHT EVER,” she wrote on her Bravo blog.
“I was pissed at Carole when she dissed my right to write. See, I don't care if Carole used a ghostwriter, an editor, or room full of monkeys to write her book… I admire Carole for doing her book all by herself; it’s a huge task. It was for me anyway… So here are my final words on ghostwriters and ghostwriting: WHO CARES?”
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Radziwill – who felt she needed to defend her 20-year writing career -- fired back at her co-star, claiming “bookgate” was merely Drescher’s ploy to drum up publicity for her book, Leggy Blonde.
“I don't care that Aviva had a ghostwriter. No one does. The only person who seems to care is Aviva,” Radziwill wrote on her Bravo blog, cleverly titled: “This Blog Was Ghostwritten by Stephen King.”
“Aviva was looking for a way to promote her book on the show, I get that. She knew that by engaging me in a drama about writing she'd get a lot of attention, which she did.
“There is nothing the Bravo likes more than a Housewife talking about another Housewife behind her back, again and again and again. So if I helped Aviva sell some books, that's great. It's not how I would have done it. But I'm sure my Thank You note's in the mail,” Radziwill quipped.