Sometimes it seems Bravo is scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to casting its Real Housewives franchise. But in the case of one new member of the New York series, the top of the barrel was tapped. New 'housewife' Carole Radziwill is a Kennedy, y'all. A freaking Kennedy. As in JFK. As in RFK. As in Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. See, Carole was married to Anthony Radziwill, who was the nephew of Jackie O. But that's not all! Carole is also a journalist. A real journalist. (Not like Alexis Bellino.) Carole reported on the Gulf War. She won three Emmys and a Peabody. What the HECK is she doing on RHONY?!
Well, apparently, Carole and Andy Cohen, the franchise's creator, are pals. But even that didn't sell her on it initially. And her friends were -- with good reason -- horrified at the idea. The Housewives aren't exactly known for their classy behavior. As a journalist, Carole does have a reputation to protect. She can't be pulling someone's hair out one day, falling down drunk another, and collecting her Pulitzer on the third.
However, she says she thought about it and began to like the idea. She probably realized what pretty much anyone who is even on the periphery of the media biz knows: Journalism is dyyyyyying. It may actually even be dead. Reality TV, on the other hand, just seems to keep growing, spawning, multiplying, and taking over the universe like some kind of unstoppable virus. If you've got an upcoming book to promote, which Carole does, and if you're in need of money, which according to Carole she is, well, why not?
Carole's friend Christiane Amanpour (yes! her!) told The Daily Beast:
It’s nothing more than a vehicle for her as a working girl to pay her bills and sell her book. She's a single woman. She's got to work.
Carole acquitted herself well on last night's premiere. Will a woman like Carole be able to inject the show with the requisite draaaaama? Maybe we've got enough reality show drama. Maybe, just maybe, it's time for a reality show heroine who shows brains, class, and maturity. I, for one, applaud Andy Cohen for his choice.
What do you think of Carole Radziwill joining the cast?