Instead, Jeff immediately called him out on a lie and then went to town. Andy Cohen asked if Trace was in touch with any of his former clients from when he worked for Jeff. Doing so would put him in breach of contract.
When Trace said no, Jeff called him on the lie immediately, citing a client by name he'd been in contact with multiple times. With the camera on Trace's face, we could see the wheels spinning as he tried to come up with a way to talk his way out of the lie, but it ultimately didn't work.
He offered her a full-time position, heavily implying that she would not be able to continue working for him in her current capacity. It was all or nothing.
"I'm gonna want health insurance and I'm gonna want to not be timed when I go to the bathroom and I'm gonna want I think a little bit more respect," she said. "Is that possible?"
Stacey was a client with a mean-spirited streak that seemed to have no foundation. Particularly in her treatment of Jeff's assistant, Jenny. She was arrogant and entitled, and even refused to call Jenny by her name, instead calling her different things as if Jenny wasn't worth the time or effort to actually learn her name.
She tried to reassert herself after Jeff laid into her a little bit, but he wasn't having any of that. "Fortunately, I have other clients," he told her. "So I can say I'm done when I say I'm done. This is Jenny, by the way."
When it seemed as though Trace wasn't taking the job as seriously as he used to, Jeff took it upon himself to check his employee's computer, and he didn't like what he found there.
It didn't help that Lewis' boyfriend was urging him to let Berkman go. While she doesn't prove to be grossly incompetent at her job, she remains inadequate in a myriad of little ways regularly enough that it just isn't acceptable after all that time.
"I sense that you've been unhappy and stressed, and I know that you go home sometimes really upset," Lewis told Berkman. "And I think it's created a strain on the family."
"We were sort of like eagerly anticipating, you know, what kind of girls are going to come out and freak on our laps," said Berkman. Lewis thought Berkman enjoyed herself perhaps a little too much. "I think Sarah actually preferred the female strippers," he said. "I mean, she might want to reconsider this marriage."
For the first armpit, Cohen gave them the choice of Beyonce, Rihanna, or NeNe Leakes. "You know, I don't want to say what that looks like," said Essman. Cohen was thinking the same thing. Essman and Lewis both guessed wrong, as it turned out to be Beyonce. For a particularly unattractive patch, they were given the choices of Julia Roberts, Amy Winehouse, or Courtney Love. Surprisingly, it was Roberts.
Essman wound up the champion, and received a $1,000 gift certificate for hair removal as a prize. Lewis was happy he didn't win. "I would never have used that," he said. Cohen said he had heard otherwise. Oh, the dalliances of the Hollywood hirsute.
Lewis said he was upset at Morales for not watching the last season of 'Flipping Out,' noting that some critics have called his show "the best show you're not watching." "Just because I haven't been returning your phone calls doesn't mean you can't watch," he said.
Then Guthrie asked Lewis to put his fashion sense to use, asking him if two print dresses together on one couch offended his "obsessive-compulsive eye." "I actually don't mind mixing patterns, there's a lot going on here," he told them. If Morales lost the yellow sweater, he thought it might work better. "You've got a great bra on today, by the way," he said to her. "You look great."
As the show has shifted more toward his design work, the title is mostly now about his breakdowns. This week, his pot began to boil when Zoila arrived late for work, and failed to get the mail.
He screamed at her, ignoring her excuses about traffic. "Let me explain LA. There's traffic every f****** day of the week!"
Lewis is not a fan of the kinder, gentler Perez, who changed his site's tone after being publicly pressured by Ellen Degeneres. "You're much more complimentary now, you're less mean-spirited, and you're a little ... you're less snarky," said Lewis. "I like the old you."
Lewis asked Hilton if he could "do another blog for people like me? Because there's a lot of us." Hilton responded that he enjoyed being more positive, and Lewis said that was fine, but some celebrities "act like jerks" and deserve Hilton's snarky comeuppance.
It's made for a channel that has a very strong identity and fan base. And has led the NBC Universal–owned network to confidently announce at their upfront today that they're going to be picking up 11 new shows.
You read that number right. The 11 that are being picked up include new shows from some of the network's most recognizable stars, like Jeff Lewis and Tabitha Coffey, and will also include a New York spin-off of their popular real estate show 'Million Dollar Listing.'
Bravo announced the return of five shows: 'Top Chef Just Desserts,' 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,' 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' 'Bethenny Ever After' and 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover.'
More on this mega-announcement, plus a list of the new shows, after the jump.
Fans of 'Flipping Out' rejoice! In the scramble to fill the Oprah-sized hole in its daytime programming, ABC has turned to straight-talking real-estate speculator and reality TV star Jeff Lewis.
ABC Media Production's been working on a daytime talk show for Tori Spelling for some time, and according to the Los Angeles Times, Lewis has been tapped to be her co-host.
There's been no word yet on what topics will be covered by the show, which is still in the development stage, but word is that it wants to be a talk show version of 'Will & Grace.' Sources say that the openly gay Lewis had good onscreen chemistry with Spelling in the test pilot shot last week.
"I don't even know what I did wrong, because he wouldn't return my calls," says Jeff. "At least have the balls to say what you're doing, don't just disappear ... Break off with me over an email -- I'm fine with that. Text me, ya know?"
Just as he's beginning to sound like a spurned lover, Jenni goes one step further, explaining the circumstances using a dating analogy, complete with a diamond ring.
On 'Flipping Out,' Jeff Lewis Threatens to Kill Himself After Assistant Jenni Makes a Mistake (VIDEO)
The series involves the high-pressure world of real estate sales; and so the stakes are high. Jenni forgets a client's phone number, and so Jeff Lewis can't call that client while driving to an appointment. But then, Jeff gets a little too upset about it. Jenni offers the defense that "mistakes happen," and Jeff points out that this is a meaningless thing to say.
In a way, they're both right ... or are both wrong. Jeff is really rude and kind of awful. On the other hand, it is true that "mistakes happen" is a terrible defense. True -- mistakes do happen. But still, that's not a good excuse when you're on the job. Yes, accidents can happen. But it's your job as an employee to make sure that they don't happen.
Still, in the end, Jeff ruins the whole thing by going too far with his anger. He's so mad about Jenni's error that he threatens death. "I'll kill myself," he says. "I'll run this car into a wall -- I'll just end the pain." Whoa! Overreact much, Jeff?
After all, the Ryan Brown smoke screen had been lifted -- a Google search snafu that resulted in business never reaching Jeff because it was diverted to Ryan -- and the job offers were up four times what they'd been before. But enough about the work, what about the baby in the office?
Well, it wasn't Jenni and Jeff's. That much hadn't changed. No, it was Jett's. Between the baby -- an occasional visitor -- and the unruly dogs and willful cats, the Jeff Lewis office was more a variation on last season than a real change.
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