'Flipping Out's' Jeff Lewis Plans Return to Reality TV

Tuesday May 4, 2021

Jeff Lewis
Jeff Lewis  (Source:Associated Press)

Jeff Lewis is planning a return to reality television, People Magazine reported. "The 'Flipping Out' alum and 'Jeff Lewis Live!' radio show host, 51, will be starring in a new unscripted show following his life as a designer and single father of one airing exclusively on IMDb TV, the streaming service announced on Monday."

"No interior designer is more well-known in equal parts for his stunning work and his brutally honest and often hilarious assessments of home renovation," Lauren Anderson and Ryan Pirozzi, co-heads of content and programming at IMDb TV, said of Lewis in the press release. "Jeff's return to television will be one that cannot be missed."

While the show has yet to be named, it plans on featuring the out reality star as he balances "high-maintenance celebrities and ambitious home design projects while juggling his staff and personal life, which are all a work in progress," the release continued.

"Flipping Out" premiered in July 2007 and quickly became one of television's most popular reality shows, running eleven seasons. The show followed Lewis, an L.A.-based real estate speculator and interior designer, as he renovated houses and flipped them for profit. The show "followed Lewis's personal drama and the trials and tribulations of owning his full-service interior design firm, Jeff Lewis Design. A spin-off of the show, Interior 'Therapy with Jeff Lewis,' premiered on Bravo in 2012, and ran for two seasons," wrote People.

The show was not without drama, notably during its final season when Lewis ended his 20-year relationship with co-star and friend Jenni Pulos. "In the finale, Lewis and Pulos got into an explosive fight with Lewis later terminating Pulos' employment. He later alleged that Pulos hadn't worked for him for 'years' and claimed that she had filed claims of wrongful termination, abuse and victimization against him," People added.

"Citing wrongful termination claim, wrong. Citing abuse claim, wrong. Citing victimization claim, wrong," Pulos told People in 2018. She told the magazine that she was blindsided by Lewis. "[Our relationship] was very real. I was his employee and I worked for him. It was very authentic, and that's important."

"The series ended a few months before Lewis's split from his partner of 10 years, Gage Edward, who was his business manager and featured prominently in the show. Lewis and Edward share daughter Monroe Christine, now 4," wrote People.

Lewis recently revealed having a health issue, telling People that he "had undergone major neck surgery after learning he was suffering from Cervical Myelopathy, a spinal cord disease, which was causing pain in his lower back and neck and instability in his legs."

He also has used his radio show to discuss his ongoing custody battle he is having with ex-Edward. He also recently revealed that his on-again/off-again relationship with boyfriend Scott Anderson is finally off. People wrote that Lewis revealed in late January 2021 that he and Anderson had split for what he said was "the fourth time." (The pair most recently broke up in late September 2020.)