Jeff Lewis suing Jenni Pulos over her memoir: what does he not want her to reveal?

Flipping Out star Jeff Lewis is suing his co-star, assistant, and creator of the series, Jenni Pulos, over her book, Hang in There, Baby! What One of the World’s Most Difficult Bosses Taught Me About Life, Work and Love, which will be released next year.

That subtitle seems to be the problem: While it’s not part of Amazon’s listing right now, and while Jenni describes her book on her web site as “advice for surviving any difficult situation, no matter if it is in the workplace, in relationships, or in life,” Jeff is apparently worried that the book is about him.

The Hollywood Reporter says “Pulos purportedly told him that the book was about her own family and her own personal life, not her work life,” but when Jeff saw the subtitle, he “demanded she cease and desist from publishing the book and gave her another copy of the NDA. In response, Pulos allegedly said then the book hadn’t yet been written.” Now, Jeff “is taking her to court, alleging she has failed to perform the conditions of her contract and asking a judge for declaratory relief in the form of an order that prevents her from writing or publishing a book that exposes private, proprietary or confidential information.”

The real question here is what Jeff is so frightened she’ll reveal–and why he’s suing someone who seems to be his closet friend in the world. The lawsuit, below, says, “JENNI has become privy to both trade secrets and other confidential information relating to the operation of the plaintiff businesses as well as highly confidential personal and private information relating to JEFF’s personal life and business dealings.”

As a star of a reality series that is emotionally honest and frequently unflattering, one would imagine his worst habits and behavior are already on television, because that’s what producers are going to show. But of course, cameras aren’t filming all day, every day, all year, and certainly there’s more than we’ve seen. Still, this is very surprising.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.