During the The Real Housewives of New York Season 5 Reunion Part 1, Aviva Drescher had some explaining to do. After apologizing for her behavior on several occasions, Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan weren’t ready to let bygones be bygones. By the end of the episode, it didn’t look like Aviva would be able to repair either of those friendships.
But in an exclusive interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, Aviva reveals that, not only has she made up with Sonja, but she’s feeling very “warm and fuzzy” about her these days. Read on for Aviva’s side of the apology, what to expect in the Reunion Part 2 (airing October 15), and whether or not her apology was triggered by the RHONY viewers’ reactions to her, as Ramona implied.
Wetpaint Entertainment: Were you surprised that Ramona and Sonja didn’t accept your apology?
Aviva Drescher: I’m really only responsible for my own actions. I can only take responsibility for the mistakes I’ve made and correct them and learn from my mistakes, and I really went in without any expectations. It wasn’t a goal-oriented apology. It was just more of, communicating to them that I was really sorry for the things that I had said, and for hurting their feelings. And whatever their reaction is, I suppose that they’re entitled to, that’s the way that they feel. And that’s about it. I don’t really have a reaction to their reaction.
What brought on the apology?
Again, I am responsible for my own actions, and I had watched myself on TV, and it’s really been a wonderful experience doing the show, and I loved every minute of it, and I really love all the girls. And watching my mistakes has really been a wonderful learning experience, I saw, “You know what? You really need to think before you speak.” So when I saw myself not thinking before I spoke, I really felt compelled to say I was sorry and to apologize. And it’s really been such a wonderful journey all in all, and I looked very serious in the reunion because I wanted to take responsibility for my actions in a serious way. But it’s really been a wonderful journey along the way, I mean who gets to watch themselves on television? And seeing myself, speaking out of turn really made me want to apologize.
Ramona suggested that you were only apologizing due to the viewers’ reactions to your behavior. Can you address that?
Yes I can. I was instructed by Bravo really to not read, to not read Twitter, and not to read the blogs, and I really don’t. And there are some fans on my Twitter feed and I know who they are, so I respond to some kind things when I look at my feed. I really don’t read any of it. I don’t know if you knew, but when they asked me [about the fans’ reactions during the reunion], I looked surprised because I was. I really don’t read much of it, I try to respond to fans, because one of the greatest experiences of doing this show has been meeting new and wonderful people. Really, where I’m weighing in, is responding to people who are physically disabled or who have artificial legs or who are new amputees. That’s where I put my efforts, and that’s what I pay attention to. So I really didn’t know what they were talking about. I would never get on national television and apologize for what other people think. I saw that I spoke out of turn. I had to wait until the end of the season to apologize. I was really not in contact with Ramona and Sonja until the reunion. It wouldn’t really do anybody a service to apologize to them behind the scenes. I was very surprised. I can assure you, I can swear to you on my other leg, that I did not apologize to them because of any kind of viewer response, positive or negative.
Have you spoken to them since taping the reunion?
Yes, I was actually out with Sonja the other night. My relationship with Sonja is perfectly fine. I actually love all the girls. I even adore Ramona, I think she’s got some great characteristics about her. Not everyone is one-dimensional. I absolutely have only love in my heart for all the girls. This has been a wonderful experience, a wonderful journey. I really am appreciative to my cast members. Working with them has been wonderful.
Would you be interested in staying on for Season 6?
I typically take life one day at a time. And Bravo hasn’t made any announcements yet. So I can’t really speak to that one way or another.
Who on the RHONY cast are you closest to right now?
I’m still really close with LuAnn de Lesseps . I’m close with Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson, and I’m feeling pretty warm and fuzzy with Sonja. And I also really like Ramona. So as far as closeness, you know what, it’s a television show, and we’re all grown-ups. I think that we all know that. We all signed up for sort of a soap opera type of show, and I think all of us have a lot more fun than we do headache.
What can we look forward to in the Reunion Part 2?
There’s a lot of drama. There’s a lot of drama. Thankfully I’m not the center of it! (Laughs) I think that, at times, the New York gals kick each other when they’re down. And at times they don’t. and I think the one thing that separates us from the other franchises, is that the New York girls keep a certain boundary. There are certain boundaries. And I think that overall, we don’t kick each other when we’re down. I don’t think so. I think that sometimes, we’re probably hanging on the edge. But I would say that in general, we don’t kick each other when we’re down.
What else will be discussed in Part 2?
LuAnn and the pirate is a huge subject. The toaster oven is a huge subject. There’s something that gets unveiled about my life which explains why I’m so sensitive to the girls’ heavy partying. One point, if you could drive it home, is, I would never apologize on national television for what a few people think. I’m very outspoken. I stand by what I believe in. And I would never ever apologize because of what people thought of me, or what people did or didn’t think either way. I don’t get too vested into the positive and I don’t get too vested into the negative.
Did you feel ganged up on?
I didn’t really perceive it that way, as being ganged up on or attacked. I think I had some explaining to do, so because I had explaining to do I didn’t feel like I was being attacked. If I had thought that I was right in my position, then I would have felt attacked. Since I felt that I was wrong, I didn’t really feel like I was attacked. Did the girls kick me me when I was down? I don’t think that they did.
The Real Housewives of New York Season 5 Reunion: Part 2 airs on Monday, October 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.
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