Bravo alum Jeff Lewis reveals that he’s no longer filming for season 18 of RHOC after announcing the news on Watch What Happens Live last week!
On a recent episode of SiriusXM’s Jeff Lewis Live, the former Flipping Out star revealed that he is no longer filming for season 18 of the Real Housewives of Orange County and explained the reason why ultimately walked away from Bravo’s offer.
“I was supposed to film, uh, today for Real Housewives of Orange County,” Jeff Lewis revealed to guest and former Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder. “And it was like a big launch with Shannon, and they they wanted me to do it because I’m very close to Shannon. I know all the details of the accident, the John Jenssen relationship. I know everything. Like, you know, we we’re pretty close.”
As for why Jeff Lewis walked away from Bravo’s offer to film for season 18 of the Real Housewives of Orange County, the 53-year-old revealed that the network would not indemnify him and instead wanted him to indemnify them.
“They feel like, I guess, that I need them because they when we did the release, they wouldn’t indemnify me. And in turn, they want me to indemnify them. So what that means is, basically, if I say something and I get sued. They’re not going to protect me. They’re not going to insure me. They’re not gonna do anything. And then in turn, if I say something, they expecting me to be responsible for if they got sued,” the Bravo alum explained.
“So my attorney’s like, I don’t really know what you’re getting out of this here. You’re not being paid. You got a TV show. You got a radio show. What why do you need to do this? And I said, well, I wanted to help Shannon, but if if they’re not gonna protect me, I don’t know. They may they may not protect me in the edit because they’ve got nothing to lose. I have everything to lose. They have nothing to lose because they wanna indemnify me, and they want to indemnify them,” he continued.
“So I’m like, no. I’m not doing this. Why would I do this? But if they’re not indemnifying me and I they’re gonna make me indemnify them, I don’t feel protected. I don’t feel safe. I’m not doing that,” the father of one confessed.
Jeff Lewis acknowledged that he “has no filter” which is “the problem.”
“I don’t trust myself. I’m like, on camera, I don’t trust myself,” he added.
On the January 17 episode of Watch What Happens Live, Jeff revealed that he was planning to film with Shannon Beador for season 18 and that he had hoped to help facilitate a reconciliation between Tamra Judge and Shannon.
“You know, they asked me to film for Real Housewives of Orange County. I’ve always wanted to be a housewife, my dream is coming true. I’m supposed to film a lunch I guess,” Jeff noted.
Andy Cohen wasn’t happy with Jeff’s revelation and replied, “Ok good, well maybe that’s something you should keep to yourself.”
The 52-year-old let it known he plans to chat with Tamra and hear her side of the story in hopes of eventually helping the three reconcile.
“I intend on speaking to Tamra and finding out why this happened. I don’t understand the rift,” he explained on WWHL.
The Real Housewives of Orange County will return for season 18 in mid-to-late 2024.