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Jeff Lewis Says His Daughter Monroe Was Expelled from Preschool

"I feel terrible about what happened," the Flipping Outdesigner said.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Jeff Lewis, Monroe Lewis, Gage Edward

Jeff Lewis' daughter, Monroe, has been expelled from her preschool, the Flipping Out designer said during the September 17 episode of his Radio Andy Show Jeff Lewis Live.

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Administrators made the decision after they received complaints about what he had been saying about the school on his radio show, according to Jeff. “Apparently I’ve mentioned a few things about the school on air,” Jeff said during the episode, as reported by PEOPLE. “I take full responsibility. … I am really, really sorry. I feel terrible about what happened. I know how it has affected Monroe. I will never do this again.”

Jeff said that he was notified about the expulsion on Friday and then spoke to the headmistress of the school the next day. During their conversation, Jeff said that he apologized and asked for a second chance. However, there seemed to be no way of changing the school's mind. “The conversation lasted 20 minutes. For the first 12 to 13 minutes I groveled and then when I realized there was no hope, it got a bit contentious,” he said. “You don’t get to make amends. There are no second chances, no warnings — nothing. It was immediately, ‘They’re expelled.’"

The Flipping Out designer said that the headmistress told him he had "bullied" two mothers on his radio show, which he denied. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me? Bullied? I read two emails!'" Jeff said. "I didn’t say somebody was fat. All I did was read two emails!"

Jeff said that the headmistress told him that they had only received one complaint and it was not from either of the individuals he mentioned on air. However, she noted that she was "expecting their call any day."

Needless to say, Jeff was not happy with their decision. “I said, ‘You know what is bulls--t? The fact that you said at 'Back to School Night' how much you care about our kids. What a crock," he said during his radio show. "'You care so much about my kid you’re going to kick her out without any sort of ability to have a second chance?’"

Jeff said that this experience has made him realize that he "picked the wrong school" for Monroe, anyway. “Next time, I’m going to trust my gut. I felt like the school was too regimented, too structured. I think, it’s not a college prep course. It’s preschool," he said, adding that "everyone takes themselves so seriously at that school." “I don’t want Monroe to be in a strict school with overachievers and massive homework. She has her whole life to be stressed out. It’s preschool, let her be a kid and have fun.”

With all of this now behind them, Jeff said that Monroe, who turns 3 in October, will be fine, and he and ex Gage Edward will be looking for a new school for her, which he admitted will be no small feat. “School’s already in session, all the seats are full, [and] there’s waiting lists for next year,” Jeff said.

However, the peace Jeff recently brokered with Gage amid their custody battle over Monroe may take a hit after this incident. “He called me delusional,” Jeff said of his former partner of 10 years. “It’s not Monroe I’m worried about, it’s Gage.”

This isn't the first time Jeff's candor on the radio has gotten him into trouble. Sharing the news about his dating life has caused one breakup and some tension with his current boyfriend, Scott Anderson. His thoughts on The Real Housewives of Orange County has even caused some drama between Shannon Storms Beador and Emily Simpson this season.

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