Andy Cohen is firing back at claims that Real Housewives cast members are forced to drink on set. Aviva Drescher, who once starred on the Real Housewives of New York, says that Bravo producers encouraged cast members to drink and even pressured her to down shots during production. But Cohen says that isn’t the case.
The Watch What Happens Live host blasted Drescher’s comments on social media and claims that producers do not force cast members to drink. “I mean, this article is so dumb,” Cohen wrote on Instagram. “It’s a lot of quotes from Aviva complaining about the show, basically.” Cohen then equated Drescher’s comments to “click bait” on the internet.
Drescher was a part of the RHONY for two whole seasons and was introduced as Bethenny Frankel’s friend. According to People, the former reality star claims that producers pressure cast members to drink on set and actively try to liquor them up. She even says that producers pressured her to drink a shot on set.
While Cohen clearly took issue with Drescher’s allegations, current RHONY star Frankel also slammed her former friend for throwing the show under the bus.
Hello @AvivaDrescher as the person responsible for putting you on Rhony, I take offense to you misrepresenting the truth & saying producers prodded you to drink. As someone here since day 1 with 13 years of reality tv experience, it is a flat out falsehood @Bravotv @andy
— Bethenny Frankel (@Bethenny) June 17, 2018
Despite Frankel’s condemning comments, Drescher stuck by her words. Drescher immediately tweeted back and revealed that producers refused to fill her shot with water during a scene with Ramona Singer. Instead, they told her it had to be alcohol.
Former RHONY star Kelly Bensimon has also offered her opinion on Drescher’s accusations. While Frankel slammed Drescher, Bensimon praised her and the reporter who originally broke the story. Bensimon was a part of the show until Season 4. She left because she felt as though Frankel and other cast members were bullying her on set.
Someone was needing to feel relevant today- Your time has past run along… pic.twitter.com/dgiOYMV7Zv
— Jennifer Murphy (@jenrmurphy) June 17, 2018
Although she supported Drescher’s comments, she did not elaborate on whether or not she thought they were true.
Bravo has officially addressed Drescher’s comments about the hit reality show. A spokeswoman for the network assured fans that producers do not force cast members to drink alcohol on set. Bravo also said that they try and take appropriate actions whenever they see someone taking unnecessary risks.
New episodes of the Real Housewives of New York air Wednesday nights on Bravo.