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Jeff Lewis Had to "Pull a Lori Loughlin" to Get His Daughter into a New Preschool

The Flipping Out designer made "a donation" to a new school after Monroe was expelled from her old one.

By Laura Rosenfeld
Jeff Lewis with Daughter Monroe

It sounds like Jeff Lewis' daughter, Monroe, needed a little help getting into a new school after she was expelled from her preschool last month.

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Jeff shared during the October 1 episode of his Radio Andy show Jeff Lewis Live that he and his ex-partner Gage Edward found a new school for Monroe, who turns 3 later this month. “I did get her into a new school but I did have to pull a Lori Loughlin and make a donation,” Jeff said, according to PEOPLE.

Here, Jeff is referring to the college admissions scandal in which Loughlin allegedly paid $500,000 to help get her daughters into the University of Southern California. Loughlin was among 16 parents indicted by a federal grand jury in April and charged "with conspiring to commit fraud and money laundering in connection with a scheme to use bribery to cheat on college entrance exams and to facilitate their children’s admission to selective colleges and universities as purported athletic recruits," the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston announced at the time, as reported by USA Today.

Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to bribery and other forms of fraud in the college admissions scandal. Loughlin's trial is set to take place in 2020.

“I mean, I didn’t have anyone take a test for her, you know. I didn’t do anything like that," Jeff said on his radio show. “Everyone is like, ‘How did you get her in school so quickly?’ and I’m like ‘I don’t know, I guess they just had a space!’ Well I sponsored the carnival, that’s how it happened."

One of Jeff's guests on his radio show that day, The Real Housewives of New York City alum Jill Zarin, then suggested that he may not want to be sharing this information with his listeners, according to PEOPLE. “That never happened, that didn’t happen,” Jeff joked.

Jeff shared on his radio show earlier this month that Monroe was expelled from her preschool after he made negative comments about some of the parents, whom he did not identify, on the air. The Flipping Out designer later showed remorse for his actions.

“Part of this show is me being completely and totally honest and vulnerable with my listeners," he explained on Jeff Lewis Live on September 17. "I came on the air and I vented and a lot of people related to it. However, I did not consider the damage that was going to occur as a result of my actions and I certainly didn’t mean for my daughter to be collateral damage.”

He also said that he has learned his lesson about being so candid on the air. Moving forward, I will be very, very careful — especially when it comes to her — about vocalizing anything that goes on in her school," Jeff said. "I have learned my lesson. For her, I will protect her.”

We'll continue to hear a lot more from Jeff on the radio. Following Jeff Lewis Live's expansion to five days a week last month, Andy Cohen signed a new three-year contract extension with SiriusXM in which he will continue to host Andy Cohen Live through 2022, a deal that also includes the Radio Andy channel's lineup of programs, including Jeff's radio show.

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