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Ding! Ding! Ding! It’s round two hundred for Real Housewives of New York frenemies Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer.

Season four of the show has finished airing, capped off by three hours worth of hateful and hostile reunion footage. While these two ladies are schooled in the art of cat fighting, especially with each other, things got even more heated during the reunion when Ramona’s love affair with Pinot Grigio was addressed. In the aftermath of both ladies’ allegations of alcoholism, the women continue to speak about their feelings. And speak about their feelings. And speak about their feelings.

In an interview with People, Jill says she was hoping to help her friend (sure, we all buy that) by accusing Ramona of having a problem. “During the reunion, [Ramona was] hitting below the belt. I tried to be a friend to Ramona. And I thought that she was acting a little bit erratic, more so than before. I was trying to help her and point it out. A lot of times people who have problems don’t see it themselves. That’s why there are interventions … I really wanted to try to help her. And instead she tried to turn it around on me.” Cue the violins.

Jill is, of course, referring to the fact that Ramona called her out for being an alcoholic and going to AA. Jill contends, “Whether it is true or not, is irrelevant.” She reiterates that she went to the meeting with a friend to show support, but is appalled that Ramona would out anyone for attending something that is supposed to be anonymous for a reason.

Jill hopes that Ramona’s irresponsible statements won’t deter others from getting help through Alcoholics Anonymous. Ironically enough, Jill has since seen an example of her worries on the subject. A fan of Jill’s has reached out to her. Jill reveals, “The mother tells me the daughter is scared to go in the program because she’s worried that a friend of hers might out her. It’s destructive to people and the damage that [Ramona] caused is going to prevent people from getting help.”

As for Ramona, she stated in her Bravo blog that she was embarrassed by the reunion show. “To say I was embarrassed by everyone’s behavior on the reunion, including my own, would be an understatement,” wrote Ramona. “Who would ever think that we are a group of educated, sophisticated, polished, New York women? This was not evident in what I watched. The reunion was mostly negative energy. I, myself, made a few comments that I am not proud of.”

Jill however wants Ramona to make things right. Jill asserts, “She should really retract that and try to figure out how to go back out there and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ So will this deter Jill from famewhoring filming another season of the show? She admits, “The damage is done. I don’t know if I can film with these girls.”

She may not have to, if recasting reports are true (oh please let them be true!). According to the Huffington Post, season five of New York is scheduled to begin filming around Labor Day, meaning that cast members must be secured ASAP. An unidentified Bravo housewife reveals, “No one knows at the moment who is in or out, but the second the contracts go to our representatives we all email and call each other immediately. So if someone does not get a letter we know within hours. All the cast will now be glued to their iPhones as they wait for the call from Bravo on whether they are being invited back.”

Another housewife chimes in, adding, “What’s happened with other casts in the franchise is offers go out to the women they want and those [they] don’t do not hear a word. Technically no one gets fired they are just not invited back.” Sounds a lot like sorority rush…no wonder the ladies seem so catty!

If the show is recast, the bigger question is whether it will be able to hold the viewers’ attention. Former fans seem turned off by the ladies’ negativity and mean girls mentalities. Ratings for the show took a nosedive from the first half of the reunion to the second half, plummeting from 2,325,000 viewers to 1,781,000 in a mere week. Numbers don’t lie…and that can’t be good.

And finally, Bravo’s own Andy Cohen posted the following cryptic message on his facebook page yesterday morning: “Thank you for all your comments on the reunion and the future of RHNYC. Consider yourselves heard loud and clear. There is work to be done!!!” Wonder what that means?

Photo by: Brad Barket/Bravo

ARE YOU ON JILL OR RAMONA’S SIDE REGARDING THE AA DEBACLE? WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE RECAST? MORE IMPORTANTLY, ARE YOU EVEN STILL WATCHING???

Hope you have recovered from last week’s reunion smackdown because ready or not, part two of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion airs tonight!

In the new reunion clip below, the housewives’ buzzword of the moment “cyber-bullying” is brought up once again with the Brunettes accusing Simon van Kempen of being a cyber-bully. But as we reported, Simon was not the cast member doing the cyber-bullying.

The reunion part II airs at 10/9c on Bravo tonight and once again it is super-sized!

Meanwhile, Jill Zarin is in damage control mode today after castmate Ramona Singer accused her of going to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) on tonight’s reunion show and having a past “alcohol problem.”

Both Jill and Ramona actually appeared on The Today Show together this morning during which Jill admitted she has indeed been to AA but stated she was simply there to support someone. Jill also stated she has never had a drinking issue.

“I don’t drink. I never really have but I’ve been there to support other people,” said Jill. Ramona however made it clear that is not what she heard. “I heard she had a serious drinking problem. I heard she was in AA,” stated Ramona.

Jill then tried to put her own spin on Ramona outing her AA past by stating Ramona’s actions is now scaring others from howe going to AA to get help. Ramona however made a valid point in the interview when she stated Jill was doing the exact same thing by trying to out her own alcohol problem, which she denies having by the way. So according to Jill, outing someone’s alcohol problem is okay as long as they’ve never been to AA.

As some others stated in the comments section, it’s a bit surprising that Jill, someone who’s been to AA, would be so hell bent on outing her costar’s alleged problem. The reunion preview clip is below -

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW & TONIGHT’S REUNION? WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF JILL STATING SHE WENT TO AA TO HELP SOMEONE?

If you thought part 1 of the Real Housewives of New York City reunion was dramatic and draining, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

In a new preview clip released by Bravo, things get even more intense between the housewives. The drama kicks off when Andy Cohen reads part of Jill Zarin’s blog in which she strongly insinuates her costar Ramona Singer has a drinking problem. Ramona fires back by alleging Jill has been to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous).

In the clip below, Andy asks Ramona if she has a drinking problem. “I only have a problem because of the way it’s being shown. I don’t drink any more or less than I have in the past 4 years. We film at parties, social events, I don’t have a problem,” says Ramona, who has always remained adamant that she was simply trying to promote her pinot line on the show.

As Ramona continues to talk, Jill can be heard making snide remarks. Andy then goes on to read the statement from Jill’s blog in which she pretty much says Ramona drinks in an unhealthy manner, is leading a bad example for her daughter and accuses her of lying about how much she drinks, stating she can go back to footage from the show and count the number of times Ramona drank without food. Jill finishes off her blog by stating Ramona is “lying to herself.” Shots fired.

Ramona’s retort is pretty shocking. “You know what Jill, I really respect you. I think you are a fabulous woman. I know at times you had problems. You went to AA, you had alcoholic problems. Just because you did doesn’t mean I do,” says Ramona.

WOW. We will have to wait until Monday night, when part II airs on Bravo, to see how Jill responds to that. Some are now saying this might explain why Jill seems to always stay away from alcohol on the show, mostly sticking to diet coke during social occasions. Some are also saying Jill seemed to use some AA/12-step talk during this season.

My take is had Ramona made this revelation about anyone else on the show, I would probably have some sympathy but since it’s Jill… I will also add that it was very unwise of Jill to repeatedly insinuate Ramona had a drinking problem if she indeed does have this skeleton in her closet. The preview clip is below. The reunion airs Monday at 10/9c.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW AND RAMONA’S ACCUSATION? DO YOU BELIEVE IT? DID RAMONA GO TOO FAR OR FAIR GAME?

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