In her first interview about the feud, Pulos lays out what she considers lies from Lewis' POV.
On his Sept. 7 Sirius XM podcast, "Jeff Lewis Live," the home designer said he and Pulos had had a "fight" that resulted in a "rift." According to Lewis, it was unlike any other fight the two had had in the 11 years they worked together. Lewis said he was then "reported for wrongfully terminating her," "reported for abuse and victimization" and said "there were also allegations of a hostile work environment." In addition, Lewis claimed that Pulos hadn't worked for him for "years" and that their working relationship had been faked for the show.
But Pulos told PEOPLE none of that is true.
"Citing wrongful termination claim, wrong. Citing abuse claim, wrong. Citing victimization claim, wrong," she told the publication. As for their relationship on the show, "it was very real," she said. "I was his employee, and I worked for him. It was very authentic, and that's important."
It seems the only thing the two agree upon is the "fight" they had that led to her departure from "Flipping Out" and her former partner's company, Jeff Lewis Design. According to both Pulos and Lewis, the explosive moment will air during an upcoming episode of the series' 11th season.
Following the argument, Pulos claims Lewis "decided he was going to terminate" her, but floated the idea of having her appear on the show in a supporting "friend" role, a proposal she denied. "I was not going to fake a friendship," she said.
"After the final disagreement, I decided I was not going to continue a friendship with someone who thought of me the way he did," said Pulos, who still remains an executive producer of the show. Lewis previously said his contract with Bravo had not been renewed but later clarified that the show had not been canceled. There's still no word on Season 12.
Despite all the drama -- including the fact Lewis drew an X over Pulos' face on a "Flipping Out" promo photo he posted to Instagram ahead of the Season 11 premiere -- Pulos says she wishes her former partner nothing but good things.
"I've always wished him the best, and will continue to wish him the best," she said. "He's a wonderful designer and has so many talents. I learned a lot, and I'm proud of what we built."
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