As we reported, Jill Zarin took a nasty swipe at her former Real Housewives of New York co-star Ramona Singer yesterday during her first appearance on ABC’s Good Afternoon America. Claiming Ramona’s recent speaking event at the Learning Annex had been a bust, Zarin said she heard from a “source” that the event had been expecting 500 people, but that less than 100 had actually shown up.
This afternoon, we contacted Ramona, who had just finished an appearance in Bloomington, Illinois to promote her Ramona Pinot Grigio. (We checked with the event staff, who confirmed more than 400 people showed up.) Speaking exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment, Ramona gave us her thoughts on Jill’s latest round of zingers.
“First of all, I was honored to be asked to speak at the Learning Annex,” Ramona told us. “Successful, notable business people like Donald Trump and Russell Simmons have spoken there. Jill has never been asked, so I think it’s definitely a case of sour grapes.”
“But I do want to clarify a few things. The size of the average Learning Annex class is 20 to 40 people. When you bring in a celebrity, the numbers start at about 50. I had about 150 people attend and they all pre-registered. So we KNEW who was coming. We didn’t expect more! And what Jill said about moving seats around is ridiculous.”
“I wish Jill only the best,” Ramona concluded. “But it’s sad she’s still using me to stay in the limelight. She needs to let go of the past and move on with her life.”
For those in the Denver area looking for Turtle Time, meet Ramona for a signed bottle of Ramona Pinot at Applejack's Wine and Spirits on Friday, July 20th 3:00-6:00 p.m.!
The Real Housewives of New York airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
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