Jeff Lewis

Jeff shares the aftermath of the Chuck incident.

on Oct 6, 20100

I am still reeling over what happened at Hamburger Mary's. Strange unexplained events are a common occurrence in my life, but even I was shocked. No one could have seen that coming. When Chuck slapped Trace, I actually saw spit fly from Trace's mouth onto the floor. I really didn't know how to react or respond. It was one of those rare situations where I was left speechless. I just sat there listening to my own nervous laughter. What confused me is that my client Chuck is actually a really nice, thoughtful guy. During our six months of working together on his home design, I never experienced any sort of inappropriate behavior from him. I honestly believe there is still something we don't know. Did Chuck drink on an empty stomach, or more likely did he mix alcohol with some sort of medication?  The Chuck at Hamburger Mary's was a completely different person from the Chuck I know. I don't believe a few drinks would cause a complete personality shift. It was unreal to watch. If I had any indication that this would happen, there is no way I would have put Trace in that situation. I felt terrible for him. I was very grateful to Jenni who jumped in to do damage control. She quickly diffused the situation and helped Trace make a quick exit. I was also happy she did not kick my client in the balls like she threatened. Chuck did apologize the next day and he and Trace have since moved on from this unfortunate and uncomfortable situation. The fact is, Chuck and Trace have always had a very good working relationship. Furthermore, Chuck swears he doesn't remember ANYTHING that occurred that afternoon, and I believe him. Today, Chuck is still a valued client at JLD. Of course, I had to raise our rates. Employee hazard pay can get very expensive.

198 comments
musicalbutter
musicalbutter

I just caught this episode on reruns. By not firing this client - alcohol or no alcohol, drugs or no drugs, empty stomach - you have made excuses for his violent behavior. He sexually groped your assistant and slapped Trace. All unprovoked. This is called simple battery under the law and is an arrest able offense. And you've given your stamp of approval as a business owner that it's okay to abuse your employees because the offender is a, "nice guy."

musicalbutter
musicalbutter

That douche Chuck committed simply battery - TWICE. Grabbing a woman's breast and slapping your assistant. Drugs or no drugs. Alcohol or no alcohol - you just gave your stamp of approval that violence is okay.

Blessed43
Blessed43

Evening Jeff.  Just had to post that my daughter and I luv, luv, luv your new show.  You really speak your mind on this show when it comes to the couples you remodel for.  You have me rolling.  Some say you may be a little too opinionated but, I if you are not real then the show would be a tad bit boring. Keep up the good work and continue remodeling with the flawless taste you have.

petras
petras

going to miss monkey that cat was the only smart one there monkey when to pet heaven..with the rest of our animals that have gone to the next journey  .....god bless....

jkey
jkey

I lost my himi CoCo and the void was beyond f'n painfull.  It's been over 4yrs that I broke down to set myself up for devasting pain again and got a black persian and a black & white persian.   Reason was "Monkey", couldn't wait for your show to see him. Chanel licked my tears and Harley was clueless, but I held them so close.  So sorry for the pain your going through, but Monkey had a hell of a good home and was loved Jeffery Lewis. xoxo.

CandicebyCandice
CandicebyCandice

Jeff, I have to tell you my fiance and I absolutely LOVE you!  You are the best! Your wit and personality is addicting! I wish I lived closer to you.  I'm from Pennsylvania- so meeting you would have to take some planning, but I know we would have great fun!!  I would love to meet you and your entire extended family! Everyone is just too funny!  I don't know if you even read any of these posts.  I never sign up for anything like this, but I thought I'd take a shot at it just in case you do.  Monkey will always be in your heart. It's hard, very hard.  But you really are a great dad to your pets!!  They have the best lives any pet can ask for! My fiance (I hate that term) are sorry for your loss. Please extend our sympathy to Gage, as well.  I'm going to try to figure out a way that I can get in contact with you! 

FlutterBy
FlutterBy

One thing for sure, Monkey had one fabulous cat life....and i would bet that if he had eight more lives, he would want to spend them with you......and your crew... Without a doubt, i was not the only person who felt the pain of you losing Monkey....Gage must have been very attached to Monkey as was Zoila and Jenni.... Who among us have not had to make decisions about our beloved pets, to see that personal moment play out on your show made us realize how very much we are all alike when it comes to loving our four pawed family members...no matter how busy, talented and famous people become, the vets office is the great equalizer....we all cry and feel great loss.... May Monkey lay in the great wooden bowl in heaven....

anni1
anni1

So sorry you lost monkey!  It had us weeping like children...we share your pain.  Now then, RE: Your freakout at the house and your yelling at Gage...YOU WERE PURE D WRONG!   Jenny is your asst and should have been the one taking notes....Gage is your business manager...he's NOT the one to take notes .....tsk tsk...apologize to your man and get Jenny to do her job!

Micheles609
Micheles609

Jeff I am sorry for your loss its going to be hard for awhile but life will go on. I didnt know monkey was so sick its like it happened so fast. I lost my baby missie 3 months ago and I'm still crying she had cancer also. Just know you did the right thing. God bless you Jeff Lewis....now isnt the time for my next question but i'm hoping its on your mind what are you going to do with Gage he is to much of a girl for you..take care.

mibasho
mibasho

Jeff, just saw the finale. I feel your pain in that very difficult decision. Monkey was a beautiful happy cat. Monkey was content, because of the beautiful life, and happiness you gave. The unconditional love is the best gift any person can give-especially to our family pets. I was so heart broken. Please have comfort in knowing that you were a wonderful loving father, and you gave Monkey the best life because of your love. Monkey’s best gift was you. I too lost a beautiful pet. My dog was like a second son, and I still hurt. We have to make decisions that are so difficult, and unfortunately putting them out of their pain is difficult. Please know you made his time on earth special in every way. God Bless! Monkey is still with you.

I concur with your feeling of betrayal with Jennie. It's difficult to carry business responsibilities and keep a good report with all clients. I hope you both work it out. You’re a great team. I enjoy watching. Your right Jeff work and life is stressful. We all need to loosen up and laugh to keep going. Great work at Gramercy and Good season. Good Luck to you and Gage with the new home, adoption. fr: S.F.N.M.

ericamm
ericamm

I felt so sad about monkey, and was crying like a baby especially when I heard you say "thank you for being my cat".  Sorry for your loss. 

 

Alainalee
Alainalee

Jeff seriously you have got to look at Joe GQ, he started talking bad about a coworker at an INTERVIEW!  I can't believe Mr. Perfection would do that.  You need to pay attention to him, all he does is talk negative, about everything! Especially your workers, if you are on a tangent about one of them he jumps right in with five more negative things.  He is never positive, he only smiles when someone else is being made fun of.  Here's one too, he needs to go to the ear, nose & throat doctor,  does he realize all the sniffing he does?  Zoila can call him the sniffer.  He should take a step back and evaluate himself,  he is one mean you know what. 

sandy47
sandy47

I use to be always team Jeff but this last episode you have lost me and I am sure alot of viewers. I hope Jenni sues you over everything you have done to her over the years. You need to stop listening to Gage He seems to want to get rid of everyone. Is Zolia next, You are going to be alone the way you are going. It seems therapy has done nothing for you,. I feel sorry for Jenni. She does not deserve the crap you give her,..

detailsny
detailsny

and now he's suing jenni.  tell it all girl.  expose this creep.  the love is gone jeff..  i loved you and saw so much of myself in you and now I have vowed to change because i don't want to be like jeff lewis.  you have not soul.  sad.

Ajay35
Ajay35

Jeff really don't like you anymore and not going to watch anymore!  You won’t have a show  when Jenni is gone, but don't worry, the biggest mooch of all, will still be by your side!

MissingMonday
MissingMonday

Is it just me  or does anyone else find it ironic that as Jeff was telling Jennie she neede to have more self contol, he was screaming like a lunatic?

 

Yeah, that's it Jeff, give lessons on self control.

 

I think you started therapy too late in life.

Sweetx88
Sweetx88

I was appalled by yesterday's show!  It was actually very sad and painful to watch.   Jeff,  if you can't forgive and let go of what happened with Jenni you will never make it as a parent.  You will only make a therapist very rich.  You are a horrible and condescending boss.  I can't stomach you when you chastise any employee, in this case Jenni in front of other people.  You're like Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest.  Oh... and as far as Gage is concerned, never liked him. He such a tight ass.  Run while you can.  He actually makes you look like a nice guy.  He will cling on to you and use you as the money comes in with your new paint line.  That's why he wants a baby so bad.  I'm so over you... ONE LESS VIEWER.

nansea143
nansea143

Horrible show last night  11/20/12! How can you demand respect when your such a disrespectful boss to all your employees? Jenni and Zola make the show and you can't handle it! The paint company is taking a huge HR risk by signing you on and Gage even knows it! Your a pig of a boss! Why can't you be happy for people instead or taring them down all the time? Your a big bully! If you let Jenni go, JLD will be off my viewing list!

Yorkies
Yorkies

Just a thought after watching the show... Maybe state to all employees as a condition of employment; that no one who works for the business is allowed to except gifts or services over a certain dollar amount from either clients, prospective clients, or vendors. I believe the government has ethics rules and the amount is $55. Anything over that has to be reported or returned. This way you will avoid unethical or in appropriate behavior from your employees in the future.

Pamela0912
Pamela0912

Classic narcissistic personality disorder. Textbook. Sadly, also untreatable. Too bad, Jeff. You are doomed to destroy every relationship you have.

hec_pr2001
hec_pr2001

Like the show over all but annoyed that you forced a re-model on a senior when she was happy with what she had.  The re-model seemed to be more a prep for flipping house on her death. You could have done that later. If she is showing signs of dementia the worst thing you can do is change that persons environment if it is not really required.  I thought that was an a-hole move!!!!

Sassie2424@aol.com
Sassie2424@aol.com

I have NEVER been so discouraged -  The cruelty of Jeff Lewis to most if not all of those employees under his domain-  My main concern is Mr. Lewis's treatment of Andrew- a very weak young man who will doing anything it takes for people to accept him.

Last week's show, was so disturbing -  I am not sure this partiacular Bravo program will be seen in our household in the future.  What a SAD commentary -  almost  a sado-masochistic behavior in which Mr. Lewis  takes full pleasure.  What does this say about Bravo,  who seems to support this sicking behavior.

 

I apologize for my terrible spelling and poor writing-  but it has been impossible to rest until these thought were conveyed on his personal blog.    sorry, Lynz2727

petras
petras

Jeff your great when your funny but when you are angry wow... cause i like the show..  my vote is for monkey i love animals ....

ampatone
ampatone

Sorry really dont like your partner

fittobetyed
fittobetyed

Gage needs to check his bad attitude. Being a B@#$H to Andrew is so not necessary and extremely unprofessional.

moxiegirl
moxiegirl

I think you are hilarious, and sometimes I have a difficult time understanding how you're able to maintain a relationship with Gage. But, that's why I guess they say, "opposites attract". I appreciate his dedication to you and how hard he works for the company...although, it's often challenging to watch him as he gains momentum when flinging steady insults at your employees...especially lately with Andrew. After awhile, it becomes like listening to nails on a chalkboard! Anyway, thanks for being patient and kind to Andrew...he somehow makes me feel compassion for him.

katherine.monet.9
katherine.monet.9

Could we see more of your grandmother? I love watching her - now we know where you got your honesty from.   She is a Gem.

katherine.monet.9
katherine.monet.9

Jeff - I really love your grandmother  - she reminds me of my mum who lives overseas.  You are so blessed to be able to help her out.  You will get blessed and your blessings will continue to grow because you are there for her.  The bible says that those who honor their parents will be blessed (stated in many another way but with this meaning).  So focus on the big picture - the blessings from your grandmother and the joy you get from helping her.  You will see what i am saying is true.  Don't focus on your brothers not being there or their being selfish -because at the end of the day you will reap the bigger benefits.  It must make you feel good that you are there for her.   There so many people unable to help their parents or grandmothers and it is painful when one is unable to help them in this economy.  So delight in the good you are doing because in it is a long healthy and successful life that only God can give.  I am sure your brothers are also grateful to you but they won't say it because they feel guilty and ashamed.  Take care - viewer.

tyop
tyop

you are amazing... my son does remodeling,  he makes cabinets and stairs. watching you is like watching him , he lives in another city. you are funny. jenni and you make a neat duo. i adore peeking into a reality show and finding so much comedy. very well done. i would adore working with ya'll, it looks so fun!

 

thanks for the wonderful entertainment.

myduster46
myduster46

Jeff..you act like an ass most of the time. You need a new filter!

kacyslankard
kacyslankard

Hi Jeff,

Not related to this episode at all..... but have you seen the guy on TV promoting Measure 30? He looks just like Gage with longer hair. Does Gage have a twin brother? Thought you might like to take a look. On another note.... I love you. I think your amazing....I wish you all the best

JamesOzmun
JamesOzmun

Not for the lack of realizing how much is occurring on the business end of your life now, I hope to see more blogging from you Jeff. FYI - I don't (for the life of me) understand how Andrew can't work for you with consistency. 

jenmcn
jenmcn

I love you Jeff.  I wish I could talk to contractors and get results like you.  You are my hero.  

ms.Patti
ms.Patti

Hey Jeff,  you r a riot I dont give a s-it what you do.......U crack me up....... Did anyone ever say that you look like the first Super Model (JANICE) not only do u look like her to me but your cocky attitudes match...lmfao   we should do a side by side photo..  u guys r related! YUP!...Can you pleeeze come to this lame town and pimp my apt.....lmfao  jk :)

Lunax2
Lunax2

I think the worse that happened was when the hair salon was given to another compay, Jeff should of gotten it. It was not his fault. The owner was so controling he was holding things back not Jeff.

GA appraiser
GA appraiser

Hey Jeff - What is up with you having a problem with Jenny having a life? YOU do not have the right to tell Jenny to give YOU 110% of HER life to YOU. Lets face it, she is just in an "assistant" position. It is not like she is the CEO or something. Get over yourself.

shannonkb
shannonkb

Jeff. You're charming, annoying, creative, obsessive, extremely detailed and talented and neurotically captivating. I could go on and on about the therapy you (still) need and the detachment issues you have, but who wants to hear more of the obvious? The only (truly) important thing to discuss is your appearance, am I right? You're obviously adorable and quiet model-esque, and being a man (yes, you are) you need to own the rugged hot maleness you exude. This means embracing the facial lines that make a fine aged man of 40-something so sexy. Please stop getting botox and lip/smile line fillers - it's taking away from your natural attractiveness! It seems to make your eyes smaller, your forehead waxy, and your face expressionless (and we all know your candid expressions are what make you so incredibly sexy). Just let yourself be and be free, emotionally and physically. Love you!

Nurse Carolyn
Nurse Carolyn

Hey Jeff, if you are going to remain silent on YOUR blog, prepare to be misunderstood. Nice plan. Is it working?

Holly in PA
Holly in PA

Jeff, keep doing what you have to do and stay strong. Seriously, stay true to yourself because at the end of the day you have to live with your decisions not to mention pay the bills! You have demonstrated a smart business sense and your timing is usually right on so rely on your gut and if you have to get after the staff it is what it is. There is nothing wrong with a WAKE UP CALL as long as it is constructive and not just plain meanness. Be careful and avoid the abuse. No one needs abuse. If you handle it the right way I know you will see an improvement in the work flow because everyone will be AWAKE again. I did get a kick out of the song and you should not go with the flow on that one. Seriously, was that for real or was it staged? Everyone (Staff) seemed to get a kick out seeing you squirm a little....and considering how you are usually the one pulling the strings it was a nice change. I see you are also really having problems with your vendors. Construction people are a tough group. They do not like having to answer to other people including other construction people, so considering how you are on the outside of the construction industry and trying to gain their respect is will not be an easy road for you to travel. Be careful, because you will get black balled and then you will be forced to pay even more and may even come up against worse attitudes. I’ve seen a pack mentality in the past and if that pack becomes intent on jerking you around it could be a long season. I know you will figure it out. I enjoy your show I know some of it is staged but it is entertaining and most of the time you are right on, just watch your moments. Hopefully the longer you go those moments will become seconds.

Ann
Ann

Jeff, Why aren't you blogging this year? Don't you want any communication with the people that watch your show? That is what it feels like. As a fan of your show, I must say that I am dissapointed in you. Please comment on the show and what is going on in your life now. Love, Ann

Boston Housewife
Boston Housewife

Jeff, Please come to Boston. I NEED you so badly! My house needs the JL touch. I don't think the area has many good designers here. My kids are leaving the nest and I need a total makeover. The house does too. So you and Chaz get here ASAP!

TheGoToGayGuy
TheGoToGayGuy

Jeff, Too bad you didn't knock that guy off his stool. I suggest you get a trainer who will teach you Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, you'd be better equipped to take care of that kid, yourself and people you love in your life. I've done it, changes your whole energy in the world. I've got something about people who pick on the vulnerable. Can't imagine how dis-empowered that must have made you feel.

Sean Savinell
Sean Savinell

Jeff, Please stop being so blind...your boy Gage is realy gonna kill you business...he's talking you into firing everyone on your staff! Wake up.

Sorry...Love the show....and still think your the best.

Sean

Deigon
Deigon

Jeff and Gage, I'm not trying to blow sunshine where sunshine doesn't shine. I think the two of you missed your callings. Both of you should be modeling. Gage has the most incredible smile. Jeff w/ the pouty lips and his height. You could do both if you, Jeff, could reliquish some of your duties to a trust worthy person. Stop hiring relatives. Hire somebody w/ experience meeting deadlines, multi-tasking and who will do things your way NO MATTER WHAT!

tina coca
tina coca

I cannot stand Gage he is messing up the show!! really I want Zoila please give her to me I will treat her loke she deserves to be treated. I want to stop watching the show because of Gage and the way Zoila is being treated pleaswe stip. Or give Zoila to me.

Vicki Distefano
Vicki Distefano

Please do NOT terminate Sarah from the show. She is the best. She is the sweetest. She is the nicest. And she is the funniest. Her salary has to be relatively small in relation to what the show makes, and the profit from designing houses. Please keep her. I can't watch it if she is not on the show anymore.

Vicki Distefano
Vicki Distefano

Please do NOT terminate Sarah. You have really missed the boat if you do. She is the best on the show after Jeff. Surely the benefits of her presence on the show outweighs her relatively small salary. Relatively small salary in the scheme of the price of redesigning houses, and the profit Jeff clears. I love her. She is the best, the nicest, and sweetest person. If she's not there, I'm can't watch it anymore.

detailsny
detailsny

 @Ajay35 I'm with you Ajay35.  I loved jeff and wanted him to win in his personal life, but gage will get it and he is a better person and will not put up with this demanding, conroling man much longer. just give  him a little time.  who's next zoila?  i think jenni was wrong but jeff has not fellings.  his tears are tears for jeff, not the loss of a friend or how he treated her. it's always all about jeff

very sad.  time for a Jenni spin-off.  i wish Zoila would leave too.  she is turning into someone i don't think she will like soon.  . Watch what happens.  I guess Andy is happy now.

Missysue
Missysue

 @Pamela0912 you have said it better than anyone. It's pretty easy to see how his life is going to play out. Lonely and empty