Aviva Drescher Explains Why She Threw Her Leg

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The leg toss heard around the world….

Viewers are comparing Aviva Drescher’s infamous leg toss to Teresa’s table flip or Sheree pulling Kim’s wig.  

But Aviva Drescher might take the top prize with her “Last Leg” on the finale episode “Real Housewives of New York.” The episode garnered  top ratings at 1,504,000 viewers tuning in, thanks to Aviva Drescher.

Aviva has had fallouts with a few of her co-stars this during season 6. From #BookGate with Carole Radziwill and arguments with Heather Thomson. After arguing with the women over her doctor’s diagnosis that she has asthma all season, Aviva tries to show them that there is nothing fake about her, with the exception of her prosthetic leg, which she lost during a childhood accident. And how does she punctuate this point? By tossing the prosthesis out into the middle of the room.

Now that the season of the RHONY is complete, the Dish caught up with Aviva to talk about why she took off her prosthetic and tossed it across a crowded room. Aviva says, “the fan support has been incredible but since they’ve seen the clip, they have given me so much love.”

On what made her throw your prosthesis out into the middle of the room, You know, there were three shrews attacking me and I wanted them to shut the f–k up and I figured if I slam my leg on the table, that will work. And it did!”

Aviva says the reactions of people have been interesting, especially her co-star, Kristen who said she wanted to vomit. “What I find very interesting for some people, the sight of someone’s handicap is revolting and I’ve been trying to raise awareness that people with prosthetics aren’t different.” Aviva added, “It seems like Kristen’s honest reaction—when she said she wanted to vomit—is very, very telling. What did they think—the leg was going to slither across the table and kick them?” 

When asked if she felt any embarrassment, her response was, “I don’t.” She explained further, “From an early age, I threw the emotion of embarrassment away. Being a six-year-old and walking into school with crutches and a stump, you don’t have room to be embarrassed. I was trying to make a point. I was being attacked all season. I mean, I’m not complaining about it. But they were grating on my nerves and questioning my truth about a health issue. I was overwhelmed by people’s reactions. Lay people, I guess, don’t really see prosthetic limbs every day. And they certainly don’t see them flying across the room of a four star restaurant [laughs]. Would someone be shocked if they banged their glasses on the table? I just wanted to show people that amputees can do anything: walking, running, or throwing it across the room. Can my other castmates take a leg off? No [laughs]!”

How long did it take for you to take off the prosthetic?

“Actually, I go to this one prosthesis place called Step Ahead and they make very sophisticated prosthetics. They subscribe to the theory that form follows function so it’s tailored to people’s needs and goals and after that, they make a beautiful prosthetic. There’s a button on the leg that only I (and a few other people) can see. Getting in and out of this takes three seconds. And sometimes when I’m sitting at a table, my blood flow doesn’t move as well, so I’ll press the button to unlock it and give myself a bit of wiggle room. So it’s more than likely that it was already dislodged before I grabbed it and put it on the table. It just takes a second to get in and out of it.”


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