The Flipping Out drama continues between Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos, and thanks to Lewis’ most recent stunt, the future of the show could be in jeopardy. Before the show made its Season 11 premiere on Tuesday, Lewis shared a promotional pic on Instagram, but he put a red “X” over Pulos’ face.
Lewis has now deleted the photo, but an insider says that there were consequences. He was supposed to appear on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, but they pulled him as a guest after the post.
“Bravo execs are furious with Jeff. He’s exposing the show, and he’s saying things completely out of context. He also lied on the radio about the investigation,” says the source. “There are lots of talks happening right now — no one is happy with his behavior. Bravo has canceled the remainder of Jeff’s press.”
@JLJeffLewis All Flipping Out fans are watching the show to see Jeff Lewis, not @Jennipulos. Sorry but Jenni is a supporting character and I will only 'sort of' miss her. You are the most entertaining show on Radio @Andy.
— Lulu (@retroboomer) September 7, 2018
According to People Magazine, Pulos and Lewis recently ended their nearly 20-year friendship and business relationship after a major blow-out. Bravo cameras were on-hand for the explosive fight, and it will appear during Season 11 of Flipping Out. Lewis and Pulos have reportedly not spoken since.
Late last week, Lewis talked about the falling out he had with Pulos on his SiriusXM radio show Jeff Lewis Live and revealed that they had been faking their working relationship for many years. He also said Pulos was not on the payroll at his company, Jeff Lewis Design, and Bravo pays her to be a cast member on the show. Instead of working for him, Pulos just shows up on shooting days and then leaves as soon as they are done.
Pulos has starred on Flipping Out since the first season, and the dynamic between her and Lewis is a big reason why the show has been successful. Because of this, they decided to keep her as a co-star on the show even though she hasn’t worked for Lewis for quite a while.
Lewis says that Pulos will be a cast member during Season 11, but she will not be a part of the show going forward. He added that he is pretty sure Bravo won’t pick up Flipping Out for another season if Pulos is not on the show, and “she’s not on the show.”
So…took notes on the Jeff Lewis/Jenni Pulos fight from #JeffLewisLive
Here we go…
Jeff said they were like brother and sister. The fight started when Jenni said she gave up her acting career to work for Jeff. She hurt his feelings because he felt he was always accommodating. pic.twitter.com/VOHu96fJ2v
— LoveAndyC (@LoveAndyC) September 7, 2018
During the recent season premiere, tensions were high between Pulos and Lewis after she returned from a six-month maternity leave. Pulos discovered that Lewis had essentially replaced her by hiring a new assistant, Tyler Meyerkorth, and that caused some awkward moments.
Eventually, Jeff Lewis told his staff that Pulos’ job had changed, and she was now the VIP Client Liaison, but she didn’t seem very comfortable with the idea.
New episodes of Flipping Out air Tuesday nights on Bravo.