"Oh my god, I'm so upset. I love Carole, inside and out," she said. "She's a very special woman, she's very intelligent, down to earth, bright, giving, kind, fun."
She had no thoughts on a potential replacement just yet, adding, "I really don't know. It's Bravo's decision. I'm so upset about Carole leaving, I'm just so upset I can't even thinking it."
According to TMZ sources, Carole felt "blackballed, in a way" by Bethenny Frankel after their falling out, saying Frankel "controls the show and used her power to push Carole out of the picture." While Bethenny didn't get back to TMZ, Ramona said it was "ridiculous" to think Frankel has sway with the producers or the show's casting process.
"After six seasons on Bravo's RHONYC, I have decided to return to what I do best — journalism and producing," Carole said in her statement on Wednesday. "I am sure this does not come as a surprise to any of the viewers, all of whom have been supportive, encouraging, and kind."
"My original curiosity about reality television has waned over the years and I am focusing on TV and writing projects that better suit my more steady temperament," she continued. "I have worked with amazing producers, made great friends, and I'm thrilled to leave frenemies behind. I will remember this entire experience with delight, humor, and a veracious accuracy."
The most recent episodes of the show have seen Carole constantly go head-to-head with former friend Bethenny Frankel, after the two had a serious falling out between seasons.
The announcement comes after filming of the reunion as well, which was sure to bring even more of that tension to the surface once again.
"The Real Housewives of New York" airs Wednesdays on Bravo.