Flipping Out star Jeff Lewis revealed on his SiriusXM show earlier this week that his two-year-old daughter Monroe had been expelled from her elite Montessori preschool because of things he has said on Jeff Lewis Live. Lewis said that he apologized for his actions, but the school refused to give his daughter a second chance.
“Apparently I’ve mentioned a few things about the school on air,” explained Lewis. “I take full responsibility … I am really, really sorry. I feel terrible about what happened. I know how it has affected Monroe. I will never do this again.”
Lewis said the headmistress called him to let him know that they expelled his daughter after receiving complaints, and the 20-minute conversation turned contentious toward the end when he realized the school wasn’t going to change their decision.
The headmistress told Lewis that he had “bullied” two mothers from the preschool on his radio show, which caused Lewis to – for lack of a better term – flip out. Lewis says that all he did was read two emails from the women on the show, but he didn’t insult them or call them fat.
Lewis was noticeably upset when talking about the incident, as he complained about a “Back to School” night when the staff claimed to care about the kids. “What a crock,” said Lewis, adding that the school cares so much about his kid that they are going to kick her out without any kind of second chance.
The 49-year-old Bravolebrity then said that he “picked the wrong school” for Monroe and next time he will trust his gut. He says he felt like the school was too structured and regimented, and preschool shouldn’t be a college prep course. Lewis said that everyone at the school took themselves too seriously, and he doesn’t want his daughter to be in a strict school with overachievers and massive amounts of homework.
“She has her whole life to be stressed out. It’s preschool, let her be a kid and have fun,” said Lewis.
Lewis’ ex-partner of ten years, Gage Edward, was not happy that his daughter was expelled because of Lewis’ actions. Lewis said that Edward called him “delusional,” and he’s hoping this doesn’t negatively affect his custody battle with Edward.
Ultimately, Lewis says that Monroe will be just fine, but the real challenge now is finding a new school for her. Lewis pointed out that school is already in session and all the seats are full. There are even waiting lists for next year, but he and Edward will keep looking.