‘Flipping Out’: Jeff Lewis Says Zoila Chavez Is Working for Him Again After Retiring
Never say never, especially when it comes to a relationship with Jeff Lewis from Bravo’s Flipping Out. Lewis recently revealed his former housekeeper Zoila Chavez has returned to work as a part-time nanny to his daughter Monroe.
Chavez and Lewis had more of a familial relationship than one of an employer/employee. But just like most families, they fought almost as hard as they loved. Chavez ended up quitting her job as his housekeeper and moved back to Nicaragua. And while they had somewhat of a sour ending, Lewis recently revealed they are not only friends again, but Chavez returned to work for him.
“Well that’s kind of an interesting twist,” Lewis said during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. “Zoila is now back working for me again. She takes care of Monroe on Fridays and Saturdays.” Meanwhile, host Andy Cohen’s jaw is on the floor and he looks nothing short of delighted.
“Aw that makes me so happy!” Cohen exclaimed.
Jeff Lewis hoped Zoila Chavez would return someday
In Oct., Lewis revealed on his Sirius XM show that he had been in touch with Chavez. “I needed someone to fill like a day or two, so I called Zoila Chavez in Nicaragua,” he said, Bravo’s The Daily Dish reports. “We had a nice conversation. She is flying back anyways in mid-October and we are discussing her working on Saturdays. I’m really excited.”
Cohen also shared that he learned Lewis and Chavez had been talking again. “Even though Jeff and Zoila did not end the show on great terms, I’m happy to say that they have reconciled and Zoila is alive and well and has been waiting out COVID in Nicaragua,” Cohen revealed the previous month. “But she’s coming back to L.A. soon.”
Lewis and Chavez reconnected slowly after she decided to retire. Chavez’s sister continued to work for Lewis, but even though Chavez split her time between Los Angeles and Nicaragua, Lewis admitted he hadn’t seen much of her. “It’s funny, I was just talking to her sister because I haven’t seen her in a while. I want her to come by and see the baby,” Lewis said in 2019.
Hopefully Jeff Lewis keeps the pranks to the minimum when Zoila Chavez returns
Megan Weaver, a former design associate at Jeff Lewis Design recently revealed that Chavez was often the “victim” of most of Lewis’s pranks. In fact Jenni Pulos and Chavez both found themselves on the receiving end of Lewis’s twisted sense of humor.
“They both did,” she said the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast. “I would have to say Zoila. Because you know, Jenni was always pretty much in on the joke and she was sort of, she was such a clown and so funny. And so, you know, just so much fun to watch and with her, and then Zoila was too. But sometimes when Zoila didn’t want to be teased or pushed, she would not have it. She would get really, really upset.”
Lewis confirmed on WWHL that he still has not been back in touch with Pulos, despite reaching out multiple times. “She’s not ready,” he shrugged.