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Biography and Facts About Flipping Out's Jeff Lewis

15 Things You Didn't Know About Jeff Lewis

Jeff Lewis is back on Bravo as season eight of his show Flipping Out kicks off. The show, which airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. CDT, shows Jeff and his team decorating and flipping homes in their signature chaotic, witty, and sometimes caustic style.

It turns out that there's a lot more to Jeff than his reputation for witty one-liners on Bravo. We heard him give a personal speech in 2012 at San Francisco's Design Center. He revealed a great deal about himself at that event — and in subsequent interviews — giving us a chance to share the top 15 facts you may not know about the cable star.

  1. Brandi Glanville once threw a glass of wine on him during a live taping of Watch What Happens Live.
  2. Jeff has said that he'd eventually like to adopt a child. However, now he and his partner are pursuing surrogacy to expand their family.
  3. Jeff recently repurchased a mansion in Los Angeles, near the Sunset Strip, which he'd sold over a decade ago.
  4. He recently stole one of Kris Jenner's assistants.
  5. He grew up going to Catholic school.
  6. Jeff attended University of Southern California and Chapman University, but it took him five years to graduate. He has said, "I'm actually not that smart, but I'm driven."
  7. Jeff lost at least half of his net worth when the market crashed. What saved him was selling the majority of his properties in the first half of 2007 at a profit. He quickly evaluated the rest of his properties, selling what he could and keeping what he needed to stay afloat.
  8. Jeff's father, who always had a hand in real estate, was a major influence. He once told Jeff, "You get rich off your investments, not your income. People live off of their income."
  9. Jeff admits to having had fillers and Botox.
  10. He and Gage Edwards have been together for six years.
  11. Jeff's gig with Bravo was a fluke. Jenni Pulos, his Chief Operating Officer, is an actor. She asked for permission to film a promo at his office for an acting gig of her own. Within 48 hours of shooting her promo, her producers were calling him to pitch a different television show.
  12. When he was 18, Jeff lost his mom to cancer. But he has called Zoila, his housekeeper, his "surrogate mother."
  13. Jeff has a line of paint called Jeff Lewis Color, which is available at Home Depot.
  14. Jeff called winning House Beautiful's 2010 Kitchen of the Year award "a milestone." The honor is so significant it gets a shout-out on his website.
  15. Jeff has worked with celebrities including Brian Austin Green.

— Additional reporting by Julia Millay Walsh

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