Alexis Bellino Threatens to Sue Tamra Barney Over Attacks on Religion

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The claws have come out between Alexis Bellino, her husband Jim and Tamra Barney. The legal claws, that is.

Days after The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion special, Alexis and Jim have released a statement in which they threaten to sue their castmate over recent remarks, most notably her insistence on referring to Alexis as "Jesus Jugs."

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County is a reality show that is meant to entertain and engage audiences with the lives of its cast members. We recognize that the personalities, drama and conflict of the show attract fans to the popular Bravo reality series," the Bellinos said to Us Weekly.

"Unfortunately, some cast members use the show as a platform for personal attacks and character assassination, perhaps out of personal insecurity or simply to inflict pain. To the extent possible, we try to ignore this behavior.

"This vicious and malicious attack on our family will no longer be tolerated. We have continually tried to take the high road, however, if necessary, we are prepared to defend ourselves against these unfounded, slanderous and defamatory remarks to the fullest extent of the law."

Barney isn't likely to back down, however. She recently went off to Rumor Fix about Alexis and her hypocritical lifestyle.

"Unlike Alexis, I don't need to hide behind the Jesus curtain and I don't feel the need to preach. When someone is constantly preaching about something they are lying! Alexis and Jim are faux Christians, like her ring. Does she think Jesus would be proud of her for judging me as a Christian, and the crosses in my house? Jim Bellino used to take Peggy Tanous to strip clubs after church when they were dating!"

While it's possible Bellino won't even return to Bravo next season, one thing is for certain for now: It. Is. On.

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I read somewhere on a blog - loved the idea - take Alexis away (too nice of a lady) and add Snooki - that WOULD be the perfect fit for the misfits of OC!