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.
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."
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.
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.
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....
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.
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!
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....
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,..
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 $55. Anything over that has to be reported or returned. This way you will avoid unethical or in appropriate behavior from your employees in the future.
Classic narcissistic personality disorder. Textbook. Sadly, also untreatable. Too bad, Jeff. You are doomed to destroy every relationship you have.
Pamela0912 you have said it better than anyone. It's pretty easy to see how his life is going to play out. Lonely and empty
Like the show over all but annoyed that you forced a re-model on a senior when she was happy with what she had. The re-model seemed to be more a prep for flipping house on her death. You could have done that later. If she is showing signs of dementia the worst thing you can do is change that persons environment if it is not really required. I thought that was an a-hole move!!!!
I have NEVER been so discouraged - The cruelty of Jeff Lewis to most if not all of those employees under his domain- My main concern is Mr. Lewis's treatment of Andrew- a very weak young man who will doing anything it takes for people to accept him.
Last week's show, was so disturbing - I am not sure this partiacular Bravo program will be seen in our household in the future. What a SAD commentary - almost a sado-masochistic behavior in which Mr. Lewis takes full pleasure. What does this say about Bravo, who seems to support this sicking behavior.
I apologize for my terrible spelling and poor writing- but it has been impossible to rest until these thought were conveyed on his personal blog. sorry, Lynz2727
Jeff your great when your funny but when you are angry wow... cause i like the show.. my vote is for monkey i love animals ....
Gage needs to check his bad attitude. Being a B@#$H to Andrew is so not necessary and extremely unprofessional.
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.
Could we see more of your grandmother? I love watching her - now we know where you got your honesty from. She is a Gem.
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.
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.
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
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.
I love you Jeff. I wish I could talk to contractors and get results like you. You are my hero.
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 :)
Between the boob touching and the slap on the face, Chuck's a lucky man for two reasons...1) you didn't throw his ass to the curb and 2) Police weren't involved. I guess you have to put a new section in your policies and procedures manual on how to deal with "Chucks"...who would have thought???
I love you Jeffy but your gut should of told you you protect your employees first. One thing is Jenni getting man handled but Trace getting slapped?! As soon as that happened you and your employees should of gotten up from the table and left. Your inaction (not your giggles) is what made this horribly horribly wrong.
I know money is important, but people are even more so. You need to show your employees their worth to you ESPECIALLY in those difficult situations, by sticking up for them and dropping the client. There is no reason that behavior should be accepted, no matter what 'normal' Chuck acts like. I'm disappointed that you didn't step up to the plate for people that are not only your employees, but your friends. What would you have done if Chuck had slapped you? Or groped you?
Just a thought! Why don't Jennie and you have a baby?! Zoila can help you raise it and Jenni can do with flexible career. You both bring out the best in each other. Love your show!
I was so disappointed in your reaction to Chuck. If an employer respects and values his employees, YOU should have been the person doing "damage control" (for your employees). All you did was give the impression that "money" is your #1 concern. For someone who rants and goes off on his employees regarding their professionalism, you fell short. Nervous giggles ?? - just demonstrates a week employer. Wow, I didn't expect to have such a strong reaction, because I respected you…now, I still like you but I would not trust you to have your employees best interest at heart…. AND that's what use to make it a great day at Jeff Lewis' Office.
Love you all and enjoy your show so much! I think Chuck is a homophobic and should have been dropped! Going over the line with two of your employees is enough reason to get rid of the guy. I hope he is duly embarrassed for what he did...what he did says a lot about where he's coming from...and it ain't good! I know it all happened so fast but Trace and Jenni should have been defended by you, I don't care how "good" Chuck is when he is behaving...because booze brings out the truth about how people really feel...I wouldn't want anyone that feels that way about human beings anywhere near me or my loved ones regardless of the $$$.
The groping of Jenni was bad enough, but the face slap was totally out of countrol. You should have stood up and told Chuck that the meeting was over then and there! Your (Non) response was very disappointing. You need to wear the white paper jumpsuit for the next month!
I love you Jeff but your gut should of told you you protect your employees first. One thing is Jenni getting man handled but Trace getting slapped?! As soon as that happened you and your employees should of gotten up from the table and left. Your inaction (not your giggles) is what made this horribly horribly wrong.
I totally agree...I was more disgusted with Jeff's giggles and inaction, than the actions of the drunk client.
WOW!!! All I can say is DO NOT allow this client or any future clients physically or verbally abuse you and your employees again for any amount of $$$. This may and can affect your employees, as well as your companys' reputation in many ways.
Jeff, I applaud the fact that you didn't exacerbate the situation by walking out or causing a scene. I've consulted in a different industry for many years, and I wouldn't have had the guts to stay in the restaurant. If you feel in your heart of hearts that Chuck is a nice guy and didn't mean what he did, then I respect that fact that you forgave him that - never mind what the others think, you have your own self-respect you have to gauge. God bless...
I was horrified at the slapping incident. I do love Jeff but you all should have left the table immediately and dropped Chuck as a client. My stomache was churning with disgust. Neither Jeff, Jenni or Trace should think his behavior could be excused no matter how "nice" Chuck may be at other times. And yes, I do think homophobia was involved and only people who are really insecure with themselves are that way.