“The Apologizer” has left the building!
After years of a “rinse and repeat” cycle of insult and apology that earned her the aforementioned superhero title, Ramona Singer has finally stopped saying she’s sorry. Though … she may be rethinking that strategy moving forward.
In an epic, drunken, late-night battle with estranged friend Bethenny Frankel on Wednesday’s all-new Real Housewives of New York City, the 60-year-old mother of Avery went on the attack — criticizing everything from Frankel’s Skinnygirl empire to her relationship status to the real way she allegedly made her millions.
“You’re an opportunist. You use people,” Singer said. “I accept people for who they are. You are broken. You are so f—— broken you don’t even see it. And I feel sorry for you. I love people and I actually do care for you. But you just sat down to attack me, and I’ll attack you back.”
“The truth came out that you’re a bitch,” the Ramona Pinot Grigio owner continued. “You’re a bitch. You’re the Bethenny bitchy witch, that’s who you are.”
It was the sort of mix of wild behavior and “Singer stinger” insults that earned her the “Ramona Coaster” nickname from Frankel on the show years ago. But this time, Frankel wasn’t laughing.
“You and I will never speak again. We will never be on the same sidewalk ever again,” the 46-year-old mogul told Singer at the end of their argument, before storming out of Dorinda Medley’s Berkshires house for the third (and likely final) time with a sarcastic message of support. “I wish you the best and I want you to be really happy. I really do.”
So how did things between these two former friends get so bad?
Well, it appears for Frankel, it all goes back to a pattern of behavior — including a scene in the show’s third season when Singer badgered Frankel during a walk on the Brooklyn bridge, and an incident that happened during the filming of Frankel’s now-canceled talk show in which Singer stole two dresses (the two argued about this, ad nauseum, during the season 7 reunion).
That — coupled with how Singer chose to bring up Frankel’s naked film past earlier this season in the context of her 6-year-old daughter Bryn — left Frankel at a breaking point.
“You have not been a good friend to me,” Frankel told Singer as the two finally came face-to-face. “From badgering me about my life and I’ll end up alone (which very well may be true) on the Brooklyn Bridge, to stealing from me — two dresses — you stole from me. And then you came over this summer and you didn’t mention my topless movie because you wanted to wait until you had an audience to do it? You know what Ramona, that’s not a friend.”
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The very accusation shocked Singer, who was quick to tell viewers that she wears the “good friend” badge as a medal.
Pointing out the ways in which she thought Frankel was wrong, Singer explained how she was sure not to speak about key components of Frankel’s tape. “You were topless, you had sex on a waterbed and you kissed another woman,” Singer said. “I never mentioned that. But you want to mention it, now we’ll mention it!”
Frankel wasn’t scared to talk about her past – after all, she worked hard. “I f—— earned my own living,” Frankel told Singer. “You don’t even work.”
If RHONY fans were looking for a pivot point in which the conversation between Singer and Frankel really went wrong, that’s just about where they’d throw down the flag. Because for Singer — who has been on her own since she was 16 and worked hard as a wife, homemaker, and True Faith jewelry co-owner until divorcing her husband Mario after 22 years of marriage — the thought that she “doesn’t work” was insulting beyond belief.
“I want to hurt Bethenny,” Singer told viewers. “I want her to feel the pain I’m feeling because she’s pissing me off and she’s hurting me really badly. She’s punching me, I’ll punch you back harder.”
That Singer did. “I made my own money. You didn’t have any money until you f—–. You would date every guy for their f—— money,” she snapped at Frankel, who then challenged the success of Singer’s booze brand. “You pretend like you’re this successful woman? Who gives a s— [how many cases I sold this year]? How many cases did you sell? Your brand is done. I had Pinot Grigio before you did, and I sold 10,000 cases before you did. That’s pretty awesome.”
“You went to private school. You had your own great car. You went to college. You had everything paid for your whole life. I am f—— self-made, Bethenny, unlike you,” Singer continued, then invoking the name of Frankel’s former SiriusXM Radio Andy show. “You’re like ‘Be Real?’ You’re not real. You’re like ‘Be Bulls—.’ ”
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By the time the dust settled, it was clear Singer was both totally out of her league in her ability to fight with Frankel’s wit and also sincerely regretful she had let things get so bad between the two of them. “I know I drank a little too much, and my tongue was a little too loose,” she said, later, after apologizing. “I don’t even remember what I said. I know it was vicious and it was mean.”
But Frankel was on cloud nine the entire time — calmly sitting back and grinning ear-to-ear as if she has finally exposed Singer. “It all came out tonight,” she said, happily.
“Everything she’s done flashed before my eyes. I was like, ‘Oh now I get how you really feel about me, ” Frankel recounted to Sonja Morgan later. “Let’s call it what it is. She and I were in the same group of friends. I hit the jackpot — I landed on the cover of Forbes Magazine, I worked my f—— ass off. I’ve never seen a jealous woman like I saw that night – ever in my entire life.”
The revelation was enough for Frankel. “You can’t be a friend with someone who you don’t even know has a rifle pointed at your face cause they’re so jealous,” she said.
The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.