Could it be? Am I dreaming? Is a reality star actually taking responsibility for his actions? I simply can't believe it. Just can't. Flipping Out'sJeff Lewis is the last guy I would expect to be so frank when talking about his friends, co-workers, and boyfriend, Jenni Pulos, Zoila Chavez, and Gage Edward. Even more so, he's the last person I would imagine would watch this season and actually reflect…and on his own behavior at that! Perhaps he should lead his own self-help group!
After watching part of the season, Jeff admitted that stress may have caused him to act out in an unbecoming manner. He flat out says that from a personal growth standpoint, this definitely wasn't his best season. I'm sorry…what? It's almost as if he's speaking a different language! What happened to blaming everyone around you for how you're portrayed? Duh, that is Reality 101!
Last night's Flipping Out was all about Andrew. Jeff Lewis thinks that Andrew is really fitting into the office, both for his design taste and ridiculous personality. As with everything else, they can manage to sexualize a towel rod. While Gage Edward recognizes that working with such a cast of characters certainly makes the day more entertaining, he isn't quite sure it's how a business should be run. After some tension and arguing in Chicago regarding Jenni Pulos' wedding plans, Jenni gives Jeff a heartfelt card in hopes of putting the negativity behind them. Jeff appreciates the note, but he teases Jenni that he deserves more than a $50 gift card since he's walking her through life. I want to remind Jeff that he already thinks Jenni is spending too much money on this wedding, so he should count his lucky stars!
Jeff's client Lisa can't get over how he treats Jenni. Jenni, of course, just rolls with the punches. Lisa is the senior executive producer of Extra, and she hired Jeff to do a few smaller projects around her new home. In true Jeff fashion, he was able to convince her to do a total overhaul, and now she's concerned about the giant budget. Like all of Jeff's clients, she does have fun with all the insanity.
Gage is diligently working on Gramercy. He really isn't onboard with moving into Spring Hill. Jeff, meanwhile, is hoping to get Spring Hill finished and permits acquired so they can move in quickly. Jeff likes that he doesn't have to micro-manage Andrew on all of these projects, although Andrew's comments around contractors and clients are worrying Jenni in her newly minted HR position.
Last night's Flipping Out was my big fat Greek disaster when Jenni enlists Jeff to help her plan the events in Chicago. He does a better job at counting her pennies than picking out place settings.
Jeff Lewis loves pitting Zoila Chavez against Lupe. He enlists boyfriend Gage Edward to help him drive The Zoila crazy. It is priceless. Later Jeff and Jenni Pulos head out to work on a project, and he gets freaked out when she makes eye contact with a homeless guy outside of the car. The duo meet with Jeanne Shaw, a repeat client whose home they are upgrading. Jeff is freaking out that Jenni has yet to send out her Save the Dates, so he and Jeanne needle her about her jam packed wedding weekend. Jeff loves working with Jeanne because he's often able to convince her to make more changes than she initially planned. Money isn't really an object though as Jeanne is married to the lead singer of Styx.
Last night's was the season premiere of Flipping Out, and here's hoping it's as neurotic as ever! We've even got some new characters to add in the mix, along with old favorites.
JenniPulos is back full-time with JeffLewis, and I love the banter between the two of them. Jeff tells ZoilaChavez that she needs to plunge the upstairs toilet. He blames the new design associate Vanina and her tampons for the clog. Vanina looks mortified. Zoila doesn't buy it…she knows it's Jeff's number twos that are the problem. That Zoila has quite the mouth on her, and I love it.
Jenni Pulos, the world’s most patient assistant and Bravo’s best musical superstar tied the knot this weekend in Chicago. The Flipping Out star posted the updates on Twitter letting us know she wore a beautiful Marc Bouwer gown. What do we think Jeff Lewis gave her as a wedding gift?
If you’re wondering if Jenni rapped at the reception, according to her Twitter she most definitely did! A photo of Jenni and Dr. Jonathan Nassos on their wedding day is below!
Congratulations Jenni. And best of luck to the newlyweds!
[Photo Credits: Jenni Pulos' Twitter]
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The hilarious and complicated anti-hero of Bravo, Jeff Lewis, is finally returning to us with a brand new show, Interior Therapy With Jeff Lewis, premiering tonight at 9 pm ET!
Here is the description of the show, straight from the horse’s mouth, or press release: “Everyone’s favorite obsessive-compulsive house-flipper is taking on a new role as a home therapist in the new series following Jeff Lewis, his trusted assistant, Jenni, and his loyal housekeeper, Zoila, as they take over someone’s home to redesign not only their space, but their lives. Jeff will observe the homeowners and diagnose their problems with the goal of improving them inside and out.”
If you’re a fan of Jeff’s classic Bravo show,Flipping Out, don’t worry. In a recent interview with GoPride.com, Jeff reveals that not only is the show that made him famous, returning, they are currently filming, saying “We’re filming Flipping Out actually today.”While I’ve always thought Bethenny Frankel was Andy Cohen‘s pet student, it’s clear that Jeff is likely in second place. Who else has two active shows on the network?
In his interview with GoPride, Jeff goes into the differences between the two shows:
“Well, I think the big thing is that with Flipping Out, whenever we end the show unfortunately you don’t always get to see the finished products because we’re usually working on client’s homes, and you know when it’s done it’s done. So the problem is that you really never get to see the reveal. You never get to see it furnished or accessorized. There is a true before and after reveal, which I like because I get to see the project all the way through, and then so do the viewers.
…I guess for me after doing this for five years, I think it would be nice for people to really see what I can do because Flipping Out has been focusing on the construction end of it. We only have a week of doing these homes, we do light construction, but we do a lot more furnishing and accessories. I felt like I was kind of weak in that department, but the show has really helped strengthen my skills in this particular arena. I’m actually really proud of the reveals.”
So rejoice, there will be more real estate porn! What there won’t be, according to Jeff, are staged “happy endings.” In the following tidbit, he reveals a very interesting piece of information from backstage:
“Sometimes Jenni and I had a wonderful dynamic with the family and it was light and it was funny, and it was just great. Then other times we would walk in and it was heavy and dark. What I love about those episodes is that they were real and there was no Hollywood ending. I said whatever happens, happens, and we’re not going to produce it. We ended up losing a producer over it. I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. But, we ended up losing a producer over that because we didn’t agree.”
In the interview, Jeff is clear that the show is not supposed to be about helping folks who are in severe need, and is quick to point out “We dig deep into relationship issues not financial ones.”
Speaking of relationship issues, the last season of Flipping Out was the first to feature Jeff’s boyfriend, Gage Edward. Previously, Jeff had been careful to leave his relationships offscreen. Not only did Gage make a splash as Jeff’s boyfriend, but he was also instrumental in firing two of Jeff’s employees, which wasn’t well-received.
Jeff reveals that it wasn’t easy on Gage to go through the reality television microscope:
“… it has brought a lot of stress because you know Gage wasn’t always depicted favorably last season of Flipping Out, and that was really hard on him because he really is a really good, nice person. He does have my back. He is very, very professional in a sense of he’s protecting my business. When we had to let go of a few people last season it wasn’t ultimately Gage’s decision; it was mine. But he did present the information, and as a result he took the heat for that. And we got a lot of very, very upsetting, nasty blogs, reviews, emails, and that was hard on him, for somebody who’s been under the radar for so long.”
It isn’t clear if Gage will be a part of Interior Therapy, or if it will just be Jeff and his ladies.
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Oh, so sad it’s officially the last day ofFlipping Out, but do not despair because Jeff and the gang will be back sooner than later with a new Bravo reality show called “Interior Therapy” and I need to get my audition tape made ASAP. Imagine – spending a week with Jeff, Jenni, and Zoila – that’s better than free reign of Lisa Vanderpump’s closet!
Jeff and Andy break down what’s been going on in the land of Lewis since the show stopped filming and apparently Jeff has only seen Sarah twice and Trace once since they were let go of JLD. Jeff confirms he is in his new redecorated home, his income has doubled since Gage convinced him to cut the dead weight, he is definitely planning kids sooner than later, and he is now representing Zoila as her manager – he’ll be getting 90% and she still only gets free room and board. Jeff was much softer during this interview and had so many humble (for him!) moments where he admitted how much the people in his life meant to him – like when he said he couldn’t live without Gage, Zoila, and Jenni. It was nice.
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On last night’s episode of Flipping Out, it’s the return of Stacey Ferris. Oh, joy… And Chaz Dean gives Jeff some very unfortunate news, prompting him to descend into a anger-ridden pity party that is pretty much the Jeff Lewis go-to emotional reaction.
Things start out with a walk-thru of the Cole bungalow. Chaz seems really happy with the work, but not apparently happy enough to straight up offer Jeff the job designing his New York Salon, leaving Jeff in limbo.
At West Knoll, Gage is now apparently angling to get Zoila fired! What is it with this guy?! Zoila acknowledges that Gage is gunning for her, but watch out because he, in fact, is going to be next. All this drama unfolds because Zoila catches Gage innocently washing a coffee cup dirtied from the coffee he made himself (gasp!)– Zoila calls him out on trying to make her look bad in front of Jeff. Jeff(!) defends him – claiming Gage tries to help out wherever he sees a need. Suuuuuure. Riiiiggght – he’s not at all the “quiet enemy” Zoila describes. Zoila reports that she needs a break from monitoring Gage’s sneakery to go watch her telenovelas, but don’t mistake – this bitch still cleans, Jeffrey! In all seriousness, Gage needs to go. I’m about to write Andy Cohen an intervention letter on Jeff’s behalf. Who’s with me?
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