Carole Radziwill has had quite the career going from a journalist on ABC to an author to a full-fledged reality TV star.
Currently, Carole is writing her third book, crafting a scripted TV comedy based on her own life as a former reality TV star, and is giving beauty product recommendations on her best friend Cassandra Grey’s website Violet Grey. She’s also planning to develop a true crime show and is thinking about pitching an advice column.
Now, in a new interview with WWD, Carole is reflecting on her time on the Real Housewives of New York and is finally revealing why she quit the show.
Carole admits that joining RHONY seemed like “a left turn” for those who knew her but explains that she knew Andy Cohen a little bit before joining the show.
As for the six years she spent on Bravo, Carole says, “It’s one of those careers that’s like a merry-go-round. Once you get on, it’s hard to jump off. It helped to sell a lot of books and I was building this audience for my future work.”
She continued, “It was a pretty interesting, weird, fun kind of thing to do. Even though I wasn’t used to speaking the way a lot of the women spoke on the show. I don’t like the name calling. I knew I wasn’t going to get drunk, blackout or be naked…But I was kind of just having fun. I never felt that I was above the show.”
Carole also opened up about her exit from RHONY; saying that “you do know when something is behind you.”
“In the last two years or so, starting with the election, something shifted a little. I felt, ’I don’t know if I want to be contributing to this conversation as much.’ Then I was having tons of arguments — not with the other cast members, with the executives at the network. It was time to go. They knew, too…Ultimately you do know when something is behind you.”
Meanwhile, Carole also discussed how her time on RHONY helped build and fuel her future career moves.
During her time on RHONY Carole amassed 665,000 Instagram followers throwing her into the Influencer category.
“I hope I influence people to be better versions of themselves or to be curious about life,” she said, “I don’t think of myself as an influencer because I’m super old-school from network news. When I was at ABC, it was NBC, CBS, and ABC. Then came CNN. It was like ‘Wow, CNN. Who is going to be interested in watching the news 24-7?’”
Carole says that reality TV and social media have also changed the audience game so much so that even if you leave a show your audience remains strong on social media.
“When you were a journalist at ABC on any of the shows, once you left, you left — and the audience stayed with the networks. Now you leave with the audience. This is a whole new game. Now I get what it means to be an influencer because we leave with our audience. I think about that audience. They are mostly women 24 to 50. They skew a little younger than me. I think about what they’re interested in, what they want to hear from me.”
The Real Housewives of New York airs on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.