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‘RHONY’ star Carole Radziwill: Did the show hurt or help her writing career?

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“The Real Housewives of New York” star Carole Radziwill may have been a popular producer before landing a spot on the show, but it sounds like she had quite the life prior to going on the Bravo show. In fact, she was already a well-established writer and producer, having her memoir, “What Remains,” on the bestsellers list. She is also the winner of three Emmys. When she was working on “The Widow’s Guide to Sex and Dating,” she got the call from Andy Cohen to be on the show and she was questioning whether being on the show would help or hurt her career as a writer. According to a new Bravo report published on March 11, “The Real Housewives of New York” star Carole Radziwill was working on her second book when she got the call from Bravo.

"The downside is there are a lot of people who bought my first book who would never watch the show and might think less of me because of my involvement in it," she told Salon about her book. "On the other hand, there are millions of people who do watch the show and would learn about me and Google and find out more and end up buying the first book."

And it sounds like it helped her. Not only did she get to publish her second book with lots of support from the public and the viewers of the show, but her first book went back on the bestsellers list after being out for six to seven years.

"There'll always be haters who say, 'I can't believe you did that show, you used to have a serious career as a journalist and a writer'-- but that's OK, too," she said. "If I look back on my life when I'm 80 and this is the goofiest thing I've ever done, I'm OK with it. I've done serious things and had serious things happen to me. Maybe this is the comic relief."

What do you think?