Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk says a RHONY brazenly stole from him, was it Aviva Drescher?

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Bobby Berk, the interior designer from Queer Eye, was on Jenny McCarthy’s Sirius XM show, where he dished about a Real Housewife of New York castmember who first got free work out of him under false pretenses. Later, that same woman returned to his store when he wasn’t there, cleaning him out of thousands of dollars (I’m assuming it’s in the thousands the way he described it) of free merchandise. This woman lied to his staff, claiming that she was still working with Bobby and had his approval, and just helped herself to whatever she wanted. US Magazine covered this and they also guess, in another story, that the woman was Aviva Drescher, whom Bobby once called a “con artist.” Aviva was on seasons five and six, which aired in 2012 and 2014.

Berk… recounted a horror story with a Bravo star — whom he never named — from years earlier. “I had a New York Housewife come into my store years ago in New York, and [she] was like, ‘Oh, I’m buying this new place.’ Turns out, of course, she wasn’t buying it. She didn’t even own the last one she had on the show that she said she owned,” he said. “She’s like, ‘I want you to come in and design it all. I’m gonna put you on the show.’ And I wasn’t on TV yet. I still kind of liked the Housewives, so I was like, ‘Oh, OK, but just so you know, I’m not doing it for free. I don’t need to do it for free. I don’t necessarily know if the Housewives is really the exposure I want anyways, so I’ll do it for you at cost.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, OK, that works.’”

“Then her husband calls and her husband’s like, ‘No, you just really need to do this for free,’ and tried to bully me into doing it for free. Finally I was like, ‘You know what? I’m not only not doing it for free, I’m not doing it anymore. I don’t need this,’” he noted. “She came into my store the next week when I wasn’t there and told my staff that I had said she could take anything out of the store that she wanted to design her house for the shoot and here was her credit card and ‘If I don’t bring anything back, if I like something, you can just charge the credit card.’”

Berk pointed out that his employees were not aware that he was no longer working with the reality star. “They gave her whatever she wanted. She cleaned the store out,” he claimed. “Months and months later, there were certain things in inventory that I was looking for — I was like, ‘Hey, where is this?’ … They’re like, ‘Oh, they’re at blah-blah-blah’s house.’ And you could tell by the way they paused that they knew they had f—ked up. They knew they had been scammed. Because apparently, months went by and they called and they called and they called, and when they could not get any response, they tried to charge the card, and of course, it was declined.”

The Texas native confronted the Housewife, telling her that she “came in here and literally stole from my store.” She then allegedly threatened him: “They said, ‘You know what? Then let’s go to court. This’ll be good TV. It’s easier for us just to have our lawyer deal with it than it would be to actually pay you.’”

[From US Magazine]

Aviva stole from Bobby and then dared him to sue her for it! That’s outrageous and makes me wonder what other stories there are about her, and about the other women on those Bravo shows. It takes a special type of an a-hole to be a Real Housewife. Along with being blatantly racist and generally mean, so many of them have committed financial crimes too. I’m specifically thinking of Teresa Guidice, but there are so many others. They fake a lifestyle to get on the show and then they end up deep in debt and often have to declare bankruptcy. I bet there are so many stories like this of housewives who have scammed service providers (also see: Trump and his despicable kids) who are afraid to speak out.

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  1. Darla says:

    “It’s easier for us just to have our lawyer deal with it than it would be to actually pay you.’”

    Trump definitely popped right into my mind. In fact, I would call that Trumpism.

  2. Joanna says:

    Those housewives w reality shows are so trashy! Seems all they do is drink and get plastic surgery. So unfair how nasty people like that have money!

    • smcollins says:

      That’s why they’re so nasty, they think their wealth (or the appearance of wealth) makes them better than everyone else. Pair that with all of their vanity and, yeah….complete assholes. This woman sounds like a real piece of work beyond being nasty & trashy, more like a criminal.

    • manda says:

      which is why I just can’t watch them. When I see them spend the equivalent of all my student loans and my mortgage in a single shopping trip, it just makes me sick to my stomach. And then learning that they stiff working people the way they do? That is what disgusts me about trump. I still can’t get over the piano guy he put out of business by refusing to pay him.

  3. Naomi says:

    My brother in law works at an antique shop in nyc, and said that Carole bought a ton of furniture … and then returned everything a month or two later. Guess someone needed a ‘renovation’ story line that season!

    • Mara says:

      That’s hilarious, I hope your BIL didn’t give a full refund or got some profit out of it some other way

  4. Scollins says:

    I can see it being Aviva but really most of them are capable of stealing from anyone anywhere. B Frankle would be my top pick for thieving. I watched a few shows at the beginning but too toxic. Plus fans of theirs, especially Vanderpump and Frankle are some of the nastiest people ever.

  5. BearcatLawyer says:

    I totally believe this. Rumor has it she only did the show because she needed the Bravo money badly.

  6. sa says:

    What kills me about this story, is that Bobby Berk is successful and famous, but even he seems to have backed down from her response of ‘then let’s go to court.’ A struggling designer would have no chance against someone like this.

  7. AC says:

    I never comment on posts, but I’m an avid reader – and once I saw Aviva’s name my blood started boiling. I worked for an interior design company and Aviva pulled the same nonsense twice: once when she was on the show (for a storyline) and then again years later (since she has a “huge social media following”). Both times she was able to finagle either free product, or product up to X dollar amount for free. She is incredibly entitled and demanding…and frankly not worth any publicity.