The last twelve months have been extremely difficult for a lot of people, I am no exception. The flipping business has come to a temporary halt. I miss doing what I love, but I know it is only temporary. In the meantime, I had to restructure the way I do business. I began working for clients full time and it has been a big adjustment. I have been my own boss for the last nine years, and I now realize what most people go through in the challenges associated working for other people. It’s not all fun, but I realize I must make concessions and adjustments in this time and I will continue to do what I need to in order to provide for myself and my employees. I continue to stay positive even when I want to feel sorry for myself. When I get depressed, I try to be grateful for what I have even though others have more. I find that most of the time a positive attitude helps, but that sometimes alcohol and emotionally eating work better. I have gained 10 pounds and I don’t plan to lose it until the recession is over. I dream of the good old days when I had more money than I could spend and I could tell anyone I wanted to f… off. I long for the days when I can again tell people where to go without the fear of losing their business and having my car repossessed.
I work in Architecture/Interior Design, I feel your pain in this market. Good job!! Transform to the market as you are......Best of luck!
Dear Jeff and cast, Love,love,love the show tonight! I`m so happy your back.Keep it up and hope the show never ends!
I think Jeff's attitude has definitely changed. It was so amazing to see the calmness he has. Wow! If he can be more calm than I guess I can. Plus to see the attitude he has towards someone else with OCD ( Trace ) was Great! I can not wait for eveey episode.
I love, love, love you Jeff. I don't know what these people are talking about when they say you have a weird sense of humor. I get it! I'm one of the fallen soldiers of the real estate downfall. I don't know what to do with myself in Kentucky! I would back one bag and gladly leave this dreadful place to work for someone like you. Hang in there and when I see that you are back to flipping houses, I will know that Kentucky is only 2 years away from getting back on track!
Tell Jett I said.... "Looking Good!!"
No matter what this economy brings, you and all of us will pull through!!!!!! We are all going through the STORM, so let the storm take away all the stress, pain, hurt, including the negative people so that once the storm clears what lies ahead will be GOLDEN, because that's what storms are all about......you can count on that my love....... ;-)
We love you here in Woodland Hills!!!! Be Blessed Sir Jeff.
Jeff you are great!! Im so happy that you have returned for another season. I bust a gut watching this show thank you!! The market will eventually turn around and you will be back doing what you love, however, what has the psychic predicted for your future??
I love you Jeff Lweis!!!!! And I mean that in the "I know you are a gay man with emotional issues", kind of a way. I had a horrible day (week, month, ah hell make that year), I came home tonight and temporarily forgot about the tragedy known as my life. Sometimes I just want to hug you, I know it's strange, I am a heterosexual women, but you are funny as hell>
Are you sure he needs to play checkers? I am enjoying your show and have this passion for exactly what you are doing...good job!!
I also lost everything including my car, my son, my job, everything. You need a time management person to organize YOU.
To stay skinny and healthy try taking Alli but take 2 tabs and do not eat anything that has any fat in it or you pay but the body gets used to it just like you have gotten used to the constant stress of 'Flipping Out'. Drink a lot of water and take that multivitamin at bedtime if you can. Start this on a Friday or Saturday a.m. I do not care for fat or people that are overweight.
I have helped build shopping centers so I know the stress so manage and learn lien releases backwards and forward and that will keep you out of trouble and make you MONEY!!
I love you Jeff Lewis!!!!! And I mean that in the "I know you are a gay man with emotional issues", kind of a way. I had a horrible day (week, month, ah hell make that year), I came home tonight and temporarily forgot about the tragedy known as my life. Sometimes I just want to hug you, I know it's strange, I am a heterosexual women, but you are funny as hell!!!!
Jeff, Soooo glad to see you and your gang back! I know you are difficult, however, I can see that you truly care for the people that you keep with you, and they care for you as well. You can't be all bad if Jennie and Zoila love you!! In addition, you obviously are an extremely talented man. I love what you do to the homes you re-do. I wonder when you might get together a book showing your decorating style. I am looking forward to this season, and love that Jett is back and I also think your new intern is going to be great too. Good luck!
Hi Jeff- I'm glad you are back, I have admit that when I first started watching you show, I was thinking who is this guy, he is out of his mind with the way he speaks to people and the way he treats his employees, I was thinking how is this guy going to keep employees that would stick it out with him (thank god for Jennie), but I kept watching his show, and now I am addicted to the show. I just realize that he is a perfectionist and wants things done properly, yes he is hard to take at time, but I'm hooked now. Good luck Jeff with this new season and I hope you and your team make it flipping houses (I have a feeling you will) as the market seems to be doing better. Just keep on doing what your doing, as you are very good at what you do.
Take care to you and your staff, and GOOD LUCK!!!!!! Can't wait for the new season.
couldnt agree more on positivity attitude. and as far as food and drink i will stick to my mimosas :) nice read. love the show. I know u would hit it off with my friend Michael :) p.s. just came from LA. Looking for a place to rent in west hollywood by the way. house. M
Jeff, I Love your show! I have OC disorder but it' rather mild. I have a lot of respect for your talent. I can't wait to see wht happens on next week's show. You can be a softy when you want to be. You probably wouldn't agree with me. Good luck with this season's shows. I hope you're able to start "flipping" houses again soon.
Just today at work I was talking about how excited I was that the new season of "Flipping Out" starts. I love your attention to detail. Love, love, love it!!! That is why I like your show. I don't always agree with how you act, however, I do understand what it takes to run a successful business. You are an extremely talented and savvy business man/ designer.
Jeff Lewis, despite you being the most irrational, crazy, abrasive person on the show, I respect your passion of flipping old homes into the most beautiful masterpieces I have ever seen. You should be proud of your talent, and I'm glad that Jenni and Zoila has been with you the whole time.
I love Jeffs Show! That is one talented man! Wish I could hire him for a day! The only thing that concerns me is his lack of environmental concern. Like it or not. Green is Good. And he ALWAYS has a plastic bottle in his hand & a refrigerator full. Why doesn't he put in water purifiers or ionizers or whatever & quit chucking plastic in the landfills.
I have watched Jeff Lewis from the beginning of time. Being a gay man myself ..... I have always found his cutting wit quite humorous, yet extremely perverse. I have often thought.... how can all of the people that have worked for him kept from knocking him on his well-manicured ass? Just finished watching the new show and I must say that the worstening economy has done that boy some good. He seems to be calmer, gentler and much more humble man than we have seen in the past. I honestly think that I may start to like him before the season is over.
i love you to jenny love jeff because he is crazy love jenny because i feel like i can soooooooooooo relate with her
I'm so glad your show is back! I think the recession has changed a lot of people for the better and you seemed to have "softened" a bit, but thankfully you are still the same Jeff we love!
Great season opener! I hope we see lot's of the intern this season... he's hot and seem's like there is a great dynamic between him and Jeff! Looking forward to the season and more to come!
I love ur show and I am exactly like you. I am a real estate agent and deal with my life in the same way. Seriously if you saw how I was you would think we were cut from the same cord!! hehehe you know what I mean!
I work for an older version of you--a real estate developer who is OCD, a perfectionist, hard on humans and loves his animals more than god. However, he's been leaning more into rentals these last couple years, as opposed to more building, to avoid the RE bubble here in Southern Oregon. Somewhere near the park in downtown Ashland, a decent house with good bones cost at least a cool mil before everything took a dive the end of 2008. Which makes me curious...did you go for 50% of Citrus, that beautiful 5-apartment house?
You were absolutely RIGHT to be upset with Jenn for directing a contractor to go through your files. But for her lapse, she would have had the phone number; and then, the "solution" she devised, however unwittingly, put you at risk.
Nor were your comments unreasonable: her impulse to have a contractor go into your address book was, in fact, "reckless." And while I appreciated your sensitivity to her personal struggles (expressed in the form of an apology) and even your capacity for self-reflection, I wanted you to know that your anger was clearly warranted.
Moreover, the apology Jenn provided (and then, only upon request) did not come across as at all sincere; and her impassioned (self) defensiveness suggested she really didn't learn anything from the experience.
My recommendation: sequester your docs from Jenn as well. Hire a professional--someone with a clear fiduciary responsibility to protect your records and identity; and whose liability insurance would compensate you in the event of their failure to perform. Otherwise it will happen again; and again.
Welcome back Jeff. You are my absolute favorite. I totally get you because I'm the same way. You just want it the way you want it. Why is that so hard for everyone to do. Anyway, looking forward to your line on QVC. Can't wait to see Chaz's studio when it's completed. Having 2 Himalayans myself I just love when they show Monkey and Stewie. Now go find Zoila a man!
So happy the show is back on. We all could use a laugh!!
Viewer from the very first and turned all my girlfriends onto it. I got 6 emails yesterday reminding me that Flipping Out was back on last night.
Keep up the good work!!
Whoo hoo Jeff Lewis is back!!! Just wanted to let you know you've been MISSED! When the season primere aired last night, I was estatic. My husband and I were on the floor laughing when you were talking about that guy in your tree and speculating on what would happen if he fell, but at least the view would be nice! Your dry sense if humor, quick wit, and snarky comments to poor Zoila and everyone else, keep me smiling for days, and I only wish the series ran all year! If I wasn't a junior high teacher, I'd come be your assistant any day! Welcome back!
We love you Jeff! We are ready, however, for you to soften the interior design work of the homes you flip (and your own house too!). It's time to move past the sleek boutique hotel look of the earlier part of this decade.
I'm so happy that you and Jenni are back on Bravo and surviving this globel recession.
While I doubt I could survive working for you, I think you are fabulous!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE Flipping Out!!!!
I love love love Jeff and the show!!! I just crack-up laughing when watching the show, as I observe and identify some of my own OCD behavior in him. I too insist upon having my pantry goods, and refrigerator lined up perfectly, organized by size, according to type of product etc....OBSESSED!!! Even as I write this I'm amused at how much I relate to things having to be just so--organization, neatness, clean, tidy, etc.....(lol)! I feel so at home watching the show and appreciate Jeff's sense of humor and approach towards life and business. We are all imperfect people in a imperfect world--do the best with what you've got, live your life-Love & Laughter! God Bless!
So glad you are back- I too love you to death. Jenni - you are a saint but I guess that is why it works. Good Luck. I wish I had a ton of money too - because I would have you flip a house for me and I would not even look at it until you were all done. Can't wait to see the rest of the shows.
Valley Oak is one of your many masterpieces and I think it is grounding you to become a phoenix rising from the ashes. You will get through this trying rough patch and be more successful than ever before. Who knows, you could do flips in SF or even NYC? I know there are many homes/condos that need a good "flip" and money to be made. Who better to do it than you?
Your right that a positive mental attitude will get you out of depression funk and the 10 extra pounds is nothing to worry about. It comes and it goes. I think you look great no matter what.
After being affected by the economy as well, I think we are all more humbled and realize the important things in life which are people first, then money, then things (God I sound like Suze Orman, lol), but those who do right will survive and thrive and those that were driven by greed and using people will die (not literally of course). I know you will thrive once this economic mess is behind us.
Jeff, you totally crack me up!! I am so glad you are back and I hope we continue to see you for a long time. I love your sense of humor - and maybe you are not really trying to be funny but it entertains me! Keep up the great work!!
What can I say! You do not disappoint-loved the first episode of 09 Laughed until I cried! Jenni and Zoila are so much fun...But the best part was when the new guy told you why he was late...Your facial expressions was priceless-you wanted to hurt him and laugh at him all in one...I think you have met the mini-Jeff in him. Keep it coming...........Kim
I love you, your office family, & the show. That said, do I detect blood in your veins this season? It seems like a kinder, gentler, healthier Jeff. I am so proud! I love Trace(y) & it is great to see someone who can challenge your thinking (as he seemed to do in your checkers talk). BTW, do NOT go there w/him, Jeff--bad, bad, bad idea--maybe I'm projecting, but I can see it on the horizon.
Jeff, we love the show here in Dallas. My boyfriend is OCD also so I know what you are going through. I wish you all the luck in the upcoming months with work, hopefully the market will turn around and you can start flipping houses again. On New Years this year do what us Southerners do and have some Blackeye peas and collard greens, they have brought me tremendous success in the last couple of years. Good luck!
OMG, I watch your show and I can't help but laugh. I think you are great at what you do, but your personality is the best. I think it's what makes the show so interesting. Keep up the good work.
"Dial Kathy Shepard. You see how I used her last name? Because Kathy is also a very common name." Still laughing at that line! LOVE IT! Love the show! Love the humor! Can't wait for next week.
Jeff, I want you to marry my son, so I can watch your face all of the time. You made my drinking water come out of my nose last night. I would be a great mother-in-law. Think it over.
Loved the first episode. From the upcoming previews I am worried about your relationship with Ryan. Do not cut anyone out of your life right now. Zoila, Jenni and Ryan all help bring balance to your life. You need them and I believe they need you too. Hang in there.
It so good to see you are back on TV .. I like your show. I started to watch you show end of you frist year. I have to say what a great show. Keep up the good work.
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This show is hilarious. I'm so glad it's back on the air. Jeff seems to have mellowed -- a little -- but he's still his neurotic/obsessive self. I love it! I was glad to see all the usual suspects, but where is Ryan??