"The only thing that's artificial or fake about me is this leg."
Those were Aviva Drescher's famous last words on the season finale of "Real Housewives of New York" as she removed her prosthetic leg and chucked it across the table of Le Cirque. And while viewers sat at home in awe, fellow "RHONY" cast member Heather Thomson looked in the other direction and laughed, remembering that Drescher had conceived of this outrageous plan long before it happened.
"In that situation, you saw a lot of different reactions," Thomson told HuffPost Live's Caitlyn Becker in a Wednesday interview. "You saw shock, you saw laughter, you saw, 'Ugh, I'm not surprised.' It was planned by Aviva. She had planned to do this. Call it her swan song or whatever you want to call it."
The Yummie Tummie founder recalled how Drescher had told her of her plans to "go after Bravo for a little more money" in exchange for her removing her prosthetic leg. In lieu of that happening, Drescher "knew that the girls were mad about her not going on the [Montana] trip" according to Thomson, and saw a leg toss as an opportunity to create a stir.
"I knew she was going to pull it off," she recalled. "I said to Kristen [Taekman], I mumbled under my breath, 'Be careful ... she's going to throw her leg at you.' I just had a feeling."
Tipping her off was the fact that Aviva had instructed the girls to move to another table and asked them sit down.
"She had it ready for her moment," Thomson said. "That was her moment, and I hope she got what she wanted out of it."
And while she couldn't confirm that Aviva wouldn't be returning for the next season of "RHONY," she said that, should rumors be true, "It's probably the best idea."
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