On Thursday, Bobby Berk from Queer Eye was on the Jenny McCarthy show. When the topic turned to the RHONY, he said one one of the housewives stole from his store, Bobby Berk Home. He says that a housewife came in and asked him to design her new place. Although we do not know the year or season this situation happened, my research indicates that he opened his SoHo store in 2007. So it could have been from any season. On a possibly related topic, Luann and The Count divorced in 2009. Other married housewives included Jill Zaran, Ramona Singer, Alex McCord, Betheny Frankel, Kristen Taekman, Heather Thomson, Aviva Drescer and Jules Wainstein.
The unnamed RHONY also assured Berk that she could get him on the show. He eventually agreed to design and furnish the new apartment at cost in order to publicize his business. Shortly after he took on the project, he got a call from the husband who “tried to bully him” into doing the job for free. The couple was so disagreeable, that the cancelled the deal entirely.
It Seems Likely It Happened During The Early Seasons
But that wasn’t the end of the situation. They mystery RHONY showed up at the store when Berk was not there and told the employees that she had permission to borrow items for a photo shoot with Bravo. He says she basically cleaned out his store. They never saw any of it again. They called for months with no response. Then, they attempted to charge her credit card, but the card was declined.
He also found out that the apartment was rented for filming by Bravo. Bobby Berk Home appears to have closed down right around the end of 2015. So this probably happened between season one and season seven. So that kind of rules out Jules.
I think it was probably Luann de Lesseps didn’t have an in town apartment and Bravo renting one for her. I remember her moving in on the day she had to do a performance or something. What season was that? Who do you think it was? I considered Ramona, but I don’t remember her not having an apartment in the city?
UPDATE! The current speculation that it was Aviva Drescher has not been confirmed. However, it appears that Bobby called Aviva a con artist in 2014 and that fits the proper time frame.