Well, Aviva Drescher tried. Hard. But no one was rushing to accept her apologies on part one of The Real Housewives of New York City reunion tonight.
Her recount of what happened when she lost her leg as a child -- three hours stuck in the machine while she writhed in pain and feared for her life -- was painful to hear indeed. I don't in any way doubt that such an experience would profoundly affect anyone, and her phobias definitely make more sense in that context. But it's still no excuse for her being an uppity diva who thinks the world revolves around her.
Oh, she was well rehearsed with her apologies for Sonja Morgan and Ramona Singer. "I am profusely sorry for the way I treated you," she told them. But the ladies weren't jumping to accept, primarily because she's been bashing them on her blog and in the media ever since. She's definitely not acting sorry despite her dramatic mea culpa.
I take that back. I think Aviva is sorry, but only sorry that viewers saw her for the narcissist she is, and that she's become the show's villain. When Andy Cohen asked her how she felt watching the show back, she said, "I couldn’t believe how completely unhinged I had become." But the problem is she hasn't hinged herself back since, as Ramona and Sonja kept pointing out to her. If she was truly sorry for what happened in St. Bart's, she wouldn't continue to bash them.
I really think she thought she'd win the hearts of viewers by taking down Ramona, but it all backfired on her, and now she stands alone. She's trying hard to backpedal, but it's not working. Even Carole Radziwill and Heather Thomson weren't cutting her any slack, especially when it came to her calling them "pent-up cougars" and Reid calling the women "overweight Girls Gone Wild."
I'm not sure there's much Aviva can do at this point to repair her relationship with the ladies. On her blog today, Ramona said she's still "taking in" Aviva's apology, but she's cautious because "her actions have not matched her words." The damage seems pretty deep, but we'll see IF Aviva comes back for another season.
Next week is part two, and I can't wait to see if Aviva has more apologies ready or if she goes on the defensive (again) when it comes to her father crashing Ramona's event.
The rest of the reunion was pretty dull, with the little spat between Carole and Ramona, some Harry Dubin debate, and the Heather and Ramona riff being reviewed. When it came to any real drama, however, it was all about Aviva, just like she likes it ... though probably not this time.
Do you think Aviva's apology was sincere? Do you think Sonja and Ramona will ever forgive her? Should they?
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