‘Flipping Out’: Jeff Lewis Said Andy Cohen Is a Personal Friend, Then Shades ‘Housewives’ and Kathy Griffin
Andy Cohen was asked who he considered to be a personal friend from the Bravoworld during the Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen After Show. Cohen said Jeff Lewis from Flipping Out is a personal friend but then Lewis took the question to another level lumping a little snark on the Housewives and even Kathy Griffin.
Lewis, who also appeared as a guest on the nightly talk show explained what makes his and Cohen’s friendship work on a personal level. “One of the reasons why we became such good friends is because when I would hang out with you, I would never talk about work,” Lewis remarked.
“And I never wanted anything from you,” he continued. “We would just hang out and talk about life. Where if you go out with a Housewife, they want more screen time. They wanna know what’s happening next season. We never did that. If there were any issues with filming, I would go to another producer and deal with it directly. I would never bother you with that.”
Andy Cohen acknowledged he and Jeff Lewis had a ‘hiccup’ in their friendship
Cohen admitted he and Lewis had some trouble a few years ago. “We had a little bit of a hiccup a year or two ago,” Cohen said about Lewis. “But Jeff and I are great and I would consider him a personal friend.”
Lewis and Cohen had a falling out when Lewis’s contract with Bravo expired. Lewis poked fun at the network and Cohen, which Cohen didn’t appreciate. In fact, Lewis read a text exchange he had with Cohen on his Sirius XM radio show when Cohen was angry about a doctored photo Lewis shared.
Cohen was also annoyed that Lewis didn’t reach out to him when his son Ben was born. “I thought it was odd that I never heard from you after the birth of my child,” Cohen said to Lewis when he was a guest on Cohen’s Sirius XM show in 2019.
“Are you kidding?” Lewis responded. “I even asked about sending a gift and you said ‘Don’t send me a gift because I’ve received thousands of gifts.’”
Jeff Lewis joked that Andy Cohen and Kathy Griffin are close
Cohen added that he considers Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef to also be a personal friend. “We see each other,” Cohen said. “I mean I consider myself friends with a lot of the Housewives and …”
Lewis then interrupted Cohen. “Kathy Griffin and you are close,” he said.
“Very … very,” Cohen said sarcastically. “Very.”
Griffin and Cohen had a public falling out when Griffin said Cohen mistreated her when her show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List aired on Bravo. “She’s made up a lot of stuff about me in the past few years that has just been untrue and sad,” Cohen told USA Today in 2019, “I hope she finds some peace.”
Adding, “She said something that I found incredibly vile about [Anderson Cooper] last week that I think says more about her than anything else,” he said.