Jeff Lewis Reunited with His Flipping Out Costar Zoila Chavez for His Daughter's 3rd Birthday Party
"I just forgot how funny she is," Lewis said of Chavez. "I forgot why I love this woman so much. She’s too fun."
The Flipping Out star, 49, revealed the news on Monday’s episode of his SiriusXM show Jeff Lewis Live, explaining that Chavez arrived at his home for the small birthday gathering “at 8 a.m. and was there ’til 5 p.m.”
“She was there the entire day,” he said. “It was so fun.”
Just days earlier, Lewis had told his listeners that he was hoping to see Chavez again, after revealing that he had hired Chavez’s sister to work for him.
Their reunion, it turns out, was long overdue. Saturday marked the first time Lewis had seen Chavez, 69, in over a year, he said.
Chavez had worked for Lewis for 18 years before retiring back in 2017. She now splits her time evenly between her native Nicaragua and Los Angeles, where her daughter lives.
Though it had been a bit since they had seen one another, it appears Lewis and Chavez picked up right where they left off.
He told stories of their day together, and the hilarious quips Chavez made throughout — jokes that will feel familiar to Flipping Out fans, who grew to love the dynamic between the two over the course of the Bravo show’s 11-season run.
At one point, Chavez joined Lewis and Monroe at the Peppa Pig bouncy house he had rented for her big day.
“I was reading all the rules. Like, ‘You have to take off your shoes, you can’t wear jewelry,’ ” Lewis recalled. “And it said, ‘No medical conditions.’ So I’m like, ‘Zoila, no medical conditions.’ She’s like, ‘Oh, too bad, I’m pregnant.’ ”
Another LOL-moment came when Lewis caught Chavez texting. “I was like, ‘Are you sexting?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, I’ve got a date tonight, I’m sending him pictures right now,’ ” Lewis remembered.
“I just forgot how funny she is,” he added. “I forgot why I love this woman so much. She’s too fun.”
PEOPLE exclusively reported that Chavez had retired from working with Lewis back in August 2017.
“It’s been kind of rough,” Lewis said at the time. “I’m happy for her new life, but of course we were sad over here and we miss her.”
Chavez’s absence was felt even more at the time because Monroe was just 9 months old.
Lewis and his partner Gage Edward — who have since split after 10 years together — were left managing their new baby and busy business on the Bravo series.
“Zoila retired about three months ago,” Lewis said at the time. “She stayed the first six months we had the baby, which is amazing. You know, she’s wanted to retire for two years now, and she’s been with me for 18 years. I just begged her, begged her, begged her — ‘Please stay. I need help with the baby. I need help with this transition.’ And she stayed as long as she could.”
“Physically, after doing that kind of work for all of these years, it really takes its toll,” Lewis continued. “She’s 68 years old. She looks 10 years younger, because I gave her all that plastic surgery. But she’s tired and she’s ready to go.”
He and Chavez have certainly had their ups and downs over the seasons she spent working with him on Flipping Out.
Not afraid to push back from time to time, Chavez’s sassy and stubborn attitude often landed her on the receiving end of Lewis’ famously short temper. In a season 9 episode, she was almost fired after walking out and refusing to return right as Lewis was preparing to leave for an important business trip.
“You better think real carefully about what you’re doing right now because there’ll be no going back,” Lewis warned her in a tense voicemail. “And I promise you—there’ll be no going back.”
Of course, the duo made up and Chavez returned to the household to work part-time two days a week. Viewers got to see her road to retirement throughout season 10 before her departure.
Last October, Lewis said that he and Chavez were still in touch.
Sadly, Chavez seems to have lost touch with former costar Jenni Pulos, who had a friendship-ending falling out with Lewis during Flipping Out‘s 11th season.
“We haven’t really spoken, no,” Pulos, 46, said in November, during her own visit to the WWHL clubhouse. “But Te amo, Zoila. Te amo always.”
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Meanwhile, elsewhere on Thursday’s Jeff Lewis Live, Lewis gave an update about his possible return to television.
“I have talked to a couple of different networks about either a doc-series or a more formatted design show,” Lewis said. “I think when the right show with the right person comes, we’ll hopefully put something together.”
Until then, he’s staying busy at SiriusXM. “I’m happy doing radio,” he said.
Jeff Lewis Live airs weekdays (12 p.m. ET) on SiriusXM’s Radio Andy (Ch. 102).