Catching Up With Jeff Lewis


By Gregory Miller

Are there any developments with [your ex] Ryan Brown this season?
I haven't heard from him since the season three reunion. I sent him a few emails, in which I kind of requested we get together, but it just never happened. When I sent over the second or third email, I just kind of knew that that was it. I got the hint that he wasn't interested in reconciling or having any talks. I just kind of mourned and moved on. I have to say, it took me a good year to get over it. And I'm still not over it, but at least I don't cry anymore. It would always be like on a plane, where I'm forced to be by myself, think about things. It's fortunate that I have a really busy, fast-paced life that allows me to avoid a lot of emotional pain. So when you keep moving, running, running, running, you never really have to address anything. I'm doing a lot of flying around the country doing design consults -- and the unfortunate part is I sit on these planes for five hours and I'm forced to think about my life. I think it's a good thing long term, but it's painful short term. Was that too much information?

No, of course not.
I think it was. I think I just went too far.

It seems like you and Andy Cohen have a really flirty kind of banter whenever you're on Watch What Happens Live. What's that about?
Andy and I are good friends. I see him every time I'm in New York. I see him every time he's in L.A. There's nothing romantic. We really, really like each other. We certainly have a mutual respect for each other. We have a very similar sense of humor. We laugh about the exact same random crazy things. We have a connection. It is kind of -- we tease each other, we jab at each other, but it's fun. It's all in good fun.

How much longer do you think you'll keep doing this show?
Gosh, I have no idea. I have people at the network who say you can do this as long as you want. And I have other people who say as long as you rate, we'll continue to pick you up. Who knows? It's been a successful show for Bravo and for me. I hope it continues. I've really grown to love the show. I love doing the show. They really work well around my schedule. They allow me to run my business while they just observe. It's another stream of income, which I appreciate. That said, I might not live much longer. My liver, I think, any day, is going to quit on me.

Once the show ends, will you keep all these employees around? Or will you fire off all the people who seem like they have a personality for TV, like Sarah and Trace?
Well, Sarah and Trace have contributed immensely to my business, not even just the show. Look, I'm naturally drawn to personalities. These people weren't cast. They were hired to work for Jeff Lewis Design. For whatever reason, I love personalities. I love over-the-top, funny people. I'm always going to end up hiring those kind of people. Let's remember, this business was in place before the show. I have a real job. These are my real employees. I think I'll always have a crazy, kooky band of people around me. That's who I'm drawn to. I'm kind of a crazy magnet.

The fifth season of Flipping Out premieres Wednesday, July 6 at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo. For more info, visit the show's official website and follow Jeff Lewis on Twitter.

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