Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Life with Monkey
Fans of the Bravo TV show 'Flipping Out' know that the show's star, designer/house flipper Jeff Lewis, can be an obnoxious jerk sometimes, but that he also has a soft side when it comes to his furry family members. During last night's Season 6 finale, a collective sob could be heard across the nation (or Twitter, at least), as the Jeff Lewis Design team had to say goodbye to their beloved cat, Monkey.
The blue-point Himalayan was Lewis's first feline, given to him by his previous partner Ryan (yeah, remember him?), and the aging kitty's health was shown in rapid decline this season due to a myriad of escalating issues. Knowing that his time was coming near, Jeff brought his boyfriend Gage, housekeeper Zoila, and best friend/assistant Jenni along to the vet so they could all say one final goodbye. The end result was a heart-wrenching look at the process of letting go of a pet, and one of the "realest" things I've witnessed on reality TV in awhile. I know I can't be the only one whose heart broke into a million pieces watching Jeff stroke Monkey while telling him he loved him and thanking him for being his cat. Anyone who has ever lost a pet could relate to the cast's pain last night, and cried right along with them.
In the exclusive Bravotv.com clip above, Jeff can be seen reflecting on his relationship with Monkey, and breaking down while talking about loving him unconditionally. If you're really in the mood to torture yourself, grab a box of tissues and click here to watch the full "Goodbye Monkey" clip as it aired, but I will warn you again that it's very, very sad.
RIP Monkey! You had a great life filled with lots of love, and will be forever missed.
Jeff says goodbye