Jeff Lewis says his long-time friend, employee, and executive producer of Flipping Out, Jenni Pulos, reported him for harassment, abuse, and for creating “a hostile working environment.” He thinks he’ll be fired from his Bravo show as a result.
Jeff confirmed that he and Jenni are no longer friends and haven’t spoken in three months, and says Jenni reported him to the network and production company for “Pulos allegedly reported him to Bravo and the show’s production company for wrongful termination.
On his Sirius XM show, Jeff said, according to People, “Jenni and I did have a fight which then resulted in a rift. … I haven’t spoken to her in three months.”
Jeff said Jenni reported him to Authentic Entertainment for “abuse and victimization,” which resulted in what he called “an extremely time-consuming” investigation that cleared Jeff of “all abuse and victimization charges.”
But he said that, on Monday, Jenni reported him “for wrongfully terminating her off her own show” and claimed he’d caused “a hostile working environment.”
Of course, that hostile work environment—and Jeff’s yelling, verbal abuse, and frequent dismissal of staff members—has been the subject of Flipping Out for 10 seasons. Jenni Pulos is responsible for the show’s existence, as she pitched it to Bravo and is an executive producer on the series.
Jeff Lewis says ‘I just lost my job’ during his other radio show job
Bravo, Authentic Entertainment, and Jenni all didn’t comment when asked by People.
On his radio show, Jeff also said that Jenni “making this claim, it put my entire career in jeopardy. My family, my livelihood, everything. I just lost my job. I’m pretty sure of that. But I need to get in front of the story and I have to tell my side of the story. I’m a dead man walking, but I have to tell my story.”
Chicago Tribune TV critic Nina Metz pointed out on Twitter that, even if the show ends up being cancelled, Jeff’s “entire career” isn’t exactly in the “jeopardy” he’s claiming:
“‘I just lost my job. I’m pretty sure of that’ says the man who owns his own business! On a radio show that he’s paid to do! Oy vey! Future seasons or not, what’s with the pretending he doesn’t have multiple sources of income? (Which is smart! Just be honest about it!)”
This story is also remarkable because it’s someone accused of harassment who’s making those claims public themselves. Of course, Jeff Lewis being a victim of others’ behavior has been another consistent storyline across all 10 seasons of Flipping Out that have aired so far, and it looks like it may be part of season 11, too.