Jeff Lewis

Catch up with Jeff! He talks new season, new attitude, and more!

on Aug 18, 20090

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.

188 comments
Janice Troilo
Janice Troilo

Jeff, I love you and the show. I can't help but wonder if you realize how funny you are. Your interaction with your employees, mostly Zoila, keep me laughing every week. I could seriously watch the show five nights a week.

Vance Walker
Vance Walker

Jeff! Love your show & you! Can you tell me please where you got the bubble-like chandelier on Cole at Chaz's? Thanks!

nancyo54
nancyo54

I too would like to know! One episode you mentioned you always use this colour or these 2 colours together. What are they? I have gone from Mocha to creamy white and I'm looking for something new. Please share. Love your show and ALWAYS get a good laugh cause your soooo funny, but don't like how you treat your female staff. boo hoo.

Bradley Swa
Bradley Swa

Hello Jeff,

We are looking to get rid of my g/f's house and stop paying 2 mortgages. Do you have any referrals for contractors in the Ft Worth area? Or, if you want you and Jenni can have one of your interns help you out with the project coordination.

How are you Depressed your a successful person. Don't let the money get to ya, understand we as Americans have been surviving "fattly." Well enjoy your 10 cause I lost 5, eating only natural fruits, vegetables, and NUTS! It's called the Daniel fast. So pray and see what is next on your agenda. Everything will work out!

julie espeland
julie espeland

Please share your choice of paint colors. I am doing a remodel and would like to use warm shades. What would you suggest? Thanks for sharing! Julie

Love your show!!!!!!

Lisa McSpadden
Lisa McSpadden

what paint manufacturer do you reccomend? Please suggest some neutral warm shades.

Love the show!!

Pamela J.
Pamela J.

Jeff, Love it! Love it! Love it! Thanks for a GREAT show!!!! Love EVERYONE on the show! Absolutely LOVE your HUMOR! Love your drive in business! Love how things have to be extremely neat and in order. (I SO GET THAT!) Love the portraits!!! I don't get much time to watch TV, but I don't miss your show! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Love & Good Health to EVERYONE! Pamela

angela@dauplaisejewelry.com
angela@dauplaisejewelry.com

hey Jeff, love your show. WOndeing where you buy the interior doors in your home. Love them! Wish you were in New York and could decorate my home! Angela

Kristen O'Brien
Kristen O'Brien

Jeff, am I the only person that gets you?! You are hilarious, you don't need to be on medication and I love your dry, dry sense of humor. I don't understand why people think everything you say and do is serious...they completely miss the point. Keep it up!

Dina
Dina

Jeff,

Just wanted to say LOVE THE SHOW !!!!!!!!!!!! I used to HATE these kinds of shows but You and Jenny and I can not forget Ms.Z made it so easy to watch and also learn. Keep up the good work EVERBODY!!

Lynne
Lynne

Even better this season! Thanks for letting us cheer you and your company along! Good luck with the Company and see you on TV! Lynne

Viewer
Viewer

Didnt Jeff own an s class mercedes, but when he picked up hiss other car he had an e class. guess he's downgrading a lot more

Viewer
Viewer

Being a small business owner myself I can relate to many of Jeff's challenges. My husband and I just started watching the show and we are now new loyal fans. Just today I went online to find the name of the show since I had forgotten and it was drivng me crazy!

Jeff we wish you another successful year and what a great team you have!!

Riverside, CA

sabrina
sabrina

Jeff you are absolutely gorgeous!! Love your personality..one hilarious person...love your honesty...have a fun season...we will be watching

Marsha
Marsha

Jeff & Team! You all are THE BEST! Keep flipping out all you want! You are absolutely hysterical and keep all of us out there laughing out loud!

Kelli
Kelli

I am a fan of your show, I don't always have time to watch, but took time out the other night for the 'Rachel' shows. What was she thinking showing up late twice? I am sorry but I agree 100% with you on punctuality! Is she kidding with those tears? Seriously grow up, is what I probably would have said. But that's me... you were more sensitive and nice. Then the next show she just up and gives you notice on a Friday? That was appalling! She should've counted her lucky stars you gave her a job, much less continued to keep her when she was just sitting there doing nothing! Ok well, I am sure you have another assistant already, but if not, let me know!! I'm over the top about being punctual and love cleanliness!! :)

MsNeo
MsNeo

Jeff, don't answer to anyone but yourself. The one thing that impresses me about you is your attitude of self and your "give me no respect and I walk attitude". My clients know up front with me that if you disrespect me..I don't care how much money you have....I walk because you can't buy my respect. My self worth is everything.

Kennedy
Kennedy

Looooove You! You're too funny with your staff and your honesty and sarcasm is a breath of fresh air!

Margo
Margo

I love the the show- I getcha! The is one thing that is driving me absolutely batsh_t, and I hope I get a response. I've asked everyone one I know, and looked on Ask Jeeves-- what does the expression, " I have to keep me pajamas open--or closed," whatever you said, mean? SOMEONE TELL ME!

veganess
veganess

Jeff, you're a pain in the behind but we're rooting for you here in Seattle. You gained weight? What weight? I'm glad to see that you have a more cohesive group of people working in your house this season. You deserve so much better than Chris and it seems Trace is doing an outstanding job. I'm anxious to see Jenni find a good man and speaking of which - I believe your oh so loyal viewers might be interested in your love life, if there is one. Care to share?

Helen
Helen

You are such an interesting person. I'm so happy that you are doing another season and hope you continue for many, many more. Thanks for putting yourself out there for all of us to watch. Please don't give Jenny a hard time about what Chris did anymore. It isn't her fault and it was very heartless. He hurt her way worse than he did you. I love you and the show and wish you all the best.

Viewer
Viewer

I don't watch a lot of TV, especially the reality style TV. Flipping Out is the exception and is appointment TV for me. It is great to see season 3 of Flipping out.

More! MORE!! MORE!!!

kk
kk

Jeff....

i get you!!!!! i'm lov'n the show a lot.........you are a hard ass and your goal is simple...do the job right the 1st time.

People will either get you...or not. And if not, God bless 'em.

Lucius
Lucius

Dear Jeff,

Just like you, my wife and I have a hard time to understand why is so hard to deliver a high quality job. Everybody demands the very best from everything however at the same time they invest the least amount of energy and care to do their own work. The very best should be reserved only for those whom provide it. I can even imagine, “Sorrow assistant looking for lousy dentist” or “Obnoxious school nurse need a sloppy sergeant.” Unfortunately we cannot tie them together so they can enjoy each others’ company.

I am truly appreciating the quality that you produce.

Sincerely,

Lucius

mariana
mariana

jeff u r so handsome, i love everything about u and ur show. Please bravo tv if u reed this keep the show forever.

Lori
Lori

Jeff, I am soooo with you on the 'brown' salsa, I go to Baja specifically for it, get at least 10 for just myself, pour it over the pico de gallo....(the best ever) and drink whatever is left over in the little cups, no matter how full I am.

Viewer
Viewer

I don't gush So I just want to say that it is refreshing to hear you tell it like it is with the economy and its impact on you. Also Ryan. It got glossed over when he tried to explain why he didn't share with you. He was afraid of losing income. Fair enough. I'm so tired of these housewife shows where they pretend everything is fine while we KNOW it isn't. So kudos for being honest.

Viewer
Viewer

All of you who "love, love, love" Jeff have never worked for a person like Jeff. Well, I do and it's terrible. The 9-5 harranging and nitpicking is ridiculous. I lasted 15 weeks and then one day I decided I had enough. My life was worth more, especially since my boss told me every day that I was doing a great job. If I was so great, why was she picking on me ALL the time? I do not understand bosses who beat up on their employees. Surely there is a better way to spend all that energy.

laurie
laurie

I just love watching you Jeff...you are so funny, very witty and just a hoot to watch! Hope they keep the show on for a very long time!

Michelle
Michelle

Jeff. I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your show. I think you are super cute and it's too bad you don't like girls :( I can always hope though.

Take care Michelle

AN NC ADMIN
AN NC ADMIN

Alright, I've just about had it with the privacy issues and the PC problems. Hello? Business man extrodinaire that you are, put an administrative password lock on the computer. Nobody gets in except you and Jenny. That should end any intrusions on that front and your rant about it.

Contact names and info in the brown book? *sigh You are both carrying blackberry phones. All contacts should be out of the brown book and on the computer in "Business Contacts." A simple synch maneuver will keep everything on your phone and you'll never leave home without it. And if you do leave personal paperwork in an open desk drawer or in a closet with other people in the space, except someone to access it.

For a truly type A guy, I cannot believe you haven't done either of those things. You're killing me!!! Don't make me come out there!!

Where would I be without my weekly dose of Jeff Lewis? Perish the thought!

Janet Sandoval
Janet Sandoval

Jeff,

I so get you!!! I sit watching your show nodding my head - agreeing with everything you "Flip Out" on, while my boyfriend continually says "you can work for him because you're just as crazy as he is!"

So, this is a just comment to let you know how much I love and enjoy your show because it makes me feel validated as well as inspires my love for interior/home design...and out of curiosity wanting to know how you go about hiring your team. Is there a recruitment/executive search firm that you use? Maybe I can forward my resume for future hiring! Or, I would be happy to email it directly to you.

I strongly believe we would be a match!

Keep up the good work...you are not crazy at all - you just don't hold back!

Best, Janet

George
George

Jeff is very self absorbed, brutally honest, knows what he wants, and he can be really mean - but there is something so endearing about him! How is that even possible? I have to keep watching it! Very entertaining and enjoyable (so not sure what that says about me).

Antoinette
Antoinette

Jeff,

Just want to say that I too love ya! You are hysterical and brutally honest (Some people say that about me!)!! Wish you could be my gay husband!!!

Love Ya!

Carlyne
Carlyne

Jeffery,

I love love love you & your associates...I am soooooo glad the show is back. I look forward to finding out what is going on with you (even) the little that we get each week. My dream would be to meet you in person & just spend time with all of you. Your taste is to die for....

Love you Jeffery..please come to Charlotte pleaseeeeeeeeee!

CHaoZ
CHaoZ

Did Mercedes give or loan you that GL 550 they sure do like to show that car alot along with the logo's.. DO you like it actually going to Fletcher Jones MB Thursday to most likely get one.

Brenda
Brenda

I own a business myself and wish I had the balls to tell it like it is the way you do. I totally admire that in you. I'm a perfectionist myself, but no one that works for me is, or at least not in the way I would like them to be. I could so work for you and I would find it to be a breath of fresh air~!

John Sullivan
John Sullivan

Jeff where's your twitter page? Just watched the show was a fan before and glad your back :) Your hilarious when you need your site redone and you need a new assistant email me I'll keep you straight LOL :)

Lisa D.
Lisa D.

Jeff,

You are amazing. You are the male version of me. I am so glad you are out there to show people how it's done. When my friends and I discuss the show, I remind them you are the perfect man. Figures you'd be gay. But kudoes to you and the new season. You are my mentor and I love learning from you. Keep being you.

Viewer
Viewer

Jeff, I like your honesty and sarcastic humor. You are so real!

Viewer
Viewer

Love, Love, the show!

Rebecca
Rebecca

hello, i hope this finds Jeff. i have a 7 month old Lhasa Apso named Toby. he is soooo beautiful, strawberry blonde, big brown eyes. he needs a good home. i watch you with your dogs and you are the most amazing 'owner'. your puppies are so very lucky. if you'd like to know more, let me know. thanks : )

Stephfrumfilly
Stephfrumfilly

Jeff nothing to different from your other fans: I think your show is just so smart and funny. But thats because you are! Whoever casted you in your own reality show was super smart. I hate reality shows they are generally so ignorant that I sit there feeling embarrassed for the stars. Watching you I dont have feel sorry or embarrassed and thats a unique quality in reality tv. When you and your cast visit NYC can I please, please hang out with you guys I promise to make over you the whole time. Good Luck Steph

Barbara
Barbara

I Love Jeff! I was hooked at the very first show. I use to work for a Lady, who was as tough,like Jeff! I could work for Jeff! Stay the way you are Jeff, it's refreshing.

Melissa L McKeith
Melissa L McKeith

Jeff!

I really do hope that you are the "Type A" personality that does read all these posts. Just because you can't help it...

Here is just a little suggestion: PLEASE create a BRAND for yourself!!!! I would love to know exactly what each and every Paint color you used at Valley Oak is. 'Tweek' them a little and make them your own. Your taste is impeccable. I envy Jennie. (I always want to say Jen-nay) (Forrest Gump style) I want her job so badly! You are an incredible visionary, and I wish you nothing but the greatest success. You will be back, in full force in no time. It's all cyclical, and this is just a bump. Venture out further, please. Embrace QVC, at the very least. ha ha! The sky is the limit!!! I, and many others love you!

Best wishes, and should you ever need another assistant, I am your girl. Resume upon request. Yes, I am willing to relocate!

Respectfully, Melissa

Olisa Fowlin
Olisa Fowlin

Love Love Love Jeff Lewis and the crew and it seems as though its getting better with the cast. Jeff never ever change

Love from the Bronx Olisa

shad
shad

I just finished a full remodel on my own 4800 SF house and I was compared to you all through the project - by my wife, sons, contractor and trades. I did not care and in a way I took it as a compliment. Needless to say, house came out picture perfect and met the budget!! I would apply for a job if I lived back in LA. If in Phoenix, I am applying. I am in architecure field pursuing Flips locally. Great show, inspirational - GREAT cast of friends.

I love Jeff Lewis!
I love Jeff Lewis!

Hi Jeff! I'm excited to see what will happen in this season of "Flipping Out". I love the show and I love the humor that you and your people bring! I admire your sarcasm and your wit and I can't get enough of you! Hope your summer is going well!

agentx
agentx

As a Real Estate agent in Southern Calif, Im soooooooo excited that Jeff and the group are back. We desperately need a good laugh. Our business is difficult to say the least. We are watching people lose thier homes through short sales, foreclosures, & forced sales. It was really tough adjusting to the market shift. I sympathize w Jeff. Many investors got caught over leveraged. I'm impressed by Jeff's ability to reinvent himself! (By the way I saw a couple of agents from the Keller Williams Los Feliz office on one of the episodes where he tried to sell Valley Oak.) Just remember there are others who have it much worse. I just got back from Kauai, Hawaii and the Poipu side of the island has 10 years of condo inventory. BTW have you ever thought of Flipping out in Hawaii? Thanks for the laughter, it really is the best medicine

Wishing you were in Boston
Wishing you were in Boston

I'm so happy you are back on Bravo...You make look so sane, I now just refer my husband to your show to understand me. THANK YOU! I wish I could treat people in the way that you do and get away with it, please advise.

-Boston School Teacher