"I was definitely closest to Stephen, I did all my scenes with Stephen. I did very few scenes with James," recalled Jana. "When I was on the show ... there was just some, not cattiness, but just, 'You can't talk to this person if you're friends with this person.' So I wasn't very close to James because of certain situations on the set at the time."
"But now, I mean everyone is really close, and it's kind of frustrating because I'm like, 'Why couldn't we have all be friends then?'" she continued. "And you made the newbies' life a little bit of hell.' But it's cool."
Kramer added that it's kind of "annoying" to hear the cast say "we're all friends now," because she's left thinking, "You, one person, literally made it hell for us, because if we chose the wrong friend, we would be destroyed."
When they joined the podcast, the boys didn't have much to add about the subject -- though the women on the series have addressed some of the on-set tension in the past.
Hilarie Burton previously claimed showrunner Mark Schwahn, who was accused of sexual harassment on set, created an environment where the women were pitted against each other. She also claimed he used her to bring other female costars into his circle.
In another episode of her Whine Down podcast, Kramer also spoke with fellow costar Bethany Joy Lenz about the "very divided set."
"I feel like everyone already had their places and it was either, ‘Are you going to be in the A team or the B team?' It was just tricky," said Kramer back in 2019. "I think our creator kinda created that environment, as well."
They both agreed the only way a revival could happen would be if it didn't benefit Schwahn in any way.
"It would be great to go back and not have it feel like it was divided in any way or when we were going through a rough patch," said Lenz. "I think we're all just older now and it's so much easier to really enjoy each other's company and enjoy showing up at work, appreciate having a job, appreciate being some place we know we have such a huge fan-base."