Jeff Lewis’ contract with Bravo expires a week from Monday, and he expects it may not be renewed, meaning Flipping Out will conclude after this season.
Appearing on Jenny McCarthy’s SiriusXM show, Jeff said that his recent behavior has damaged his relationship with Bravo, and once again said that he thinks his show will end, just as he said one month ago.
Is this Jeff’s strategy to get Bravo to renew the show? Or does it really mean the end of the long-running Bravo documentary reality series?
“The radio show has created a lot of problems for me at Bravo. I’ve talked about behind-the-scenes, I’ve talked about contracts. I’ve had a lot of heat from Bravo,” he said on the radio show.
“They have not renewed my contract; it expires on Oct. 15 and I’m looking for a job.”
Of course, he’s being overly dramatic here; he still has multiple sources of employment and income, including his own SiriusXM show, which he addressed during the interview.
“Another door opened for me, and I have this Sirius radio show, and I love it. I was saying to Gage, You know, if I’m done on television, I’m cool with that. I love this job,” Jeff said.
Jeff Lewis is ‘nervous’ about Flipping Out’s future
As to Flipping Out, which is now airing “I’ve been doing this for 11 years; I wasn’t expecting it to last forever.”
“I am nervous, I am nervous,” he said. “I’m not saying Flipping Out is over, but it could be. It could be.”
One of the things Jeff did that got him in trouble with Bravo was posting a Flipping Out press image to social media, but with a red X placed over Jenni’s face, a reference to the end of their relationship. (Jeff previously said Jenni reported him for harassment.)
Jeff posted a pre “I put a red X over her face,” he said “Bravo immediately started calling me. And they called me all day: Please take this down. Please take this down. Please take this down. At the end of the day, the SVP, the big boss, sent me a simple text: Not hi, how are you Jeff, whatever. Take it down. And Jeff took it right down. Yeah, I took it right down. I was nervous when the big boss calls.”
“I thought it was funny; I meant it as a joke,” he added. “We’re trying to promote the show; a lot of people saw that.”
Discussing the “major problem” Jeff Lewis had with Jenni Pulos—his longtime assistant and an executive producer on the show, since she sold the show to Bravo—Jeff said, “She went to our bosses and got me in some trouble, and that was unnecessary ’cause it’s something we could have worked out on our own.”
Even though it was his behavior that led her to talk about him to their bosses, he blames Jenni, and also suggests it’s her responsibility to repair the relationship. “Call me, Jenni; call me, tell me what you were thinking, apologize, let’s talk about this,” he told Jenny McCarthy.
While Jeff reiterates that he and Jenni haven’t spoken in three months, he said he’s open to reconciliation.
“If you asked me a week ago, I’d say, I’m never talking to her again! But now, I start to watch the episodes, and I’m like, oh, I miss her, and we were such good friends. So now I’m just saying: Never say never,” Jeff said.
Watch the full conversation here: