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The Real Housewives of New York City just wrapped season 4, capping things off with an explosive two-part reunion show where the question on every housewife's mind seemed to be: Who here is the biggest alcoholic? A standoff between Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer got so bad that Zarin tells People, "The damage is done. I don't know if I can film with these girls." Uh-oh. Does that mean Zarin's participation in season 5 is in jeopardy?
That remains to be seen, but things sure aren't looking good between Jill and Ramona. "During the reunion, (Ramona was) hitting below the belt. I tried to be a friend to Ramona," says Zarin, 47. "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."
Singer's drinking, especially her generous consumption of her own Ramona Singer Pinot Grigio, has always been a part of the show, but the 54-year-old insists she doesn't have a problem. "I have been drinking pinot grigio since the day the show started," says Singer. "And maybe some people this year have a little problem because this season I have 'Ramona Pinot Grigio,' but I embrace all my products."
Zarin, however, contends that Singer is in denial about her reliance on alcohol. "A lot of times people who have problems don't see it themselves. That's why there are interventions," says Zarin. "I really wanted to try to help her. And instead she tried to turn it around on me."
Indeed, Singer did get seriously defensive -- and then offensive -- when Zarin brought up Ramona's alleged problem with alcohol on Monday night's 'The . "Jill, I really respect you. I think you're a fabulous woman," said Singer. "I know at times you had problems. You went to AA. You had an alcoholic problem. Just because you did doesn't mean I do."
Zarin, meanwhile, denies that she's ever had a problem with alcohol -- but her problem with Singer's comment goes deeper than that. "Whether it is true or not is irrelevant," says Zarin, who claims to have received a letter from a woman trying to get help for her drug-addicted daughter. "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," says Zarin. "It's destructive to people, and the damage that (Ramona) caused is going to prevent people from getting help."
Outing someone who may (or may not) belong to an organization that prizes its members' anonymity is pretty low. After all, there's a reason why it is called Alcoholics Anonymous.
Zarin is asking for Singer to retract the statement, "and try to figure out how to go back out there and say, 'I'm sorry.'"