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The Flipping Out designer said that he hasn't heard back from Jenni after texting her last week. “I’m still waiting on that response,” Jeff said during the January 20 episode of his Radio Andy show Jeff Lewis Live, as reported by PEOPLE. “She ghosted me!”
But Jeff said he understands where Jenni is coming from. “You know what? I reached out and I extended an olive branch," he said. "She’s not ready."
Jeff said that he is hoping to get the chance to clarify things with Jenni on his end. “I am not looking for an apology, that’s not why I am doing this,” he explained. “I want to feel OK on my end. I am in a place now where I have let go of whatever hurt, anger, and I want to clear up my end of things. I’m not looking for retribution, an apology, or whatever. I don’t want to fight anymore, I don’t want to attack her. This is not — I don’t want her to think she’s walking into some trap.”
Jeff previously shared during the January 13 episode of his radio show that it was actually Shahs of Sunset's Mercedes "MJ" Javid who inspired him to reach out to Jenni after he had been thinking of contacting his former friend for months. "Sometimes it takes me weeks, months, a year to really reflect and realize what my role was in something. I felt like it took many, many months, and I think maybe because we had such a deep, loving relationship — Jenni and I — there was a lot of hurt, and I think it took me a very, very long time to really take a look," he shared. "OK, what did you do, Jeff? Why did she react this way? What did I say?"
Jeff continued, "So I finally realized after my lunch that it was time. And it was a new year, and I thought, 'I'm gonna reach out.'"
He sent this text message to Jenni: “What I wrote to her is, ‘Hi, Happy New Year. I hope you and your family are happy and healthy. Would you be open to meeting with me sometime? I don’t feel good about what happened between us and I’m very sorry for my role in it.'"
Jeff said that he hoped to receive a response from Jenni because he "would love to sit down and talk to her.”
“I don’t expect anything in return from her," he said. "I plan on clearing my conscience and telling her everything that I’m sorry for, but I’m not going to do it and be like, ‘Well, what are you sorry for?’ That should happen in her own time. Or not!"
After noting Jenni was like a "sister" to him, Jeff said that all he wants is for them to be cordial to one another if they ever bump into each other. "We live basically in the same neighborhood. I know I'm gonna run into her someday. I don't want it to be awkward," Jeff said. "I have no expectations attached to this; I just don't want it to be uncomfortable if I run into her at Larsen's in Encino."
Jeff previously said on Andy Cohen's radio show in December 2019 that he believes "a reconciliation is inevitable" with Jenni. “I do believe there will be a reconciliation with Jenni, and the reason I know that is because the person who cuts my hair cuts Jenni’s hair and I’ve been hearing things through her,” Jeff said, as reported by PEOPLE. “Like, she’s ready to accept a phone call.”
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