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Jeff Lewis’ battle with COVID-19, which he contracted after throwing a super-spreader holiday party, was so bad that he thought he was going to die.
“There were a few days I thought were my last,” the former “Flipping Out” star, 51, said on Thursday’s episode of his SiriusXM show, “Jeff Lewis Live.”
Lewis was so convinced that his days were numbered, in fact, that he popped open the most expensive wines in his house to live it up.
“I did open up a few nice bottles of wine,” he said.
The radio host noted that he lost six pounds, had a 104-degree fever and was feeling isolated because he was “down to one housekeeper.”
Lewis said his on-again, off-again boyfriend, Scott Anderson, who also tested positive for the virus, was tasked with looking after him.
“Scottie took a bowl of ice water and was putting cloths on my body to try to bring the temperature down,” he said. “There was no sweat whatsoever; I was just radiating heat. I was a little delirious, and I told him, ‘I think you’re going to wake up tomorrow and I’m going to be dead.’”
The Bravo alum opened up about his symptoms three days after saying his Dec. 21 party was “worth almost dying for.”
“That was an epic party,” he said on Monday’s episode of his radio show, noting that the bash resulted in several of his colleagues also contracting the coronavirus.
His co-host Megan Weaver, assistant Shane Douglas, actress Monika Casey and “Shahs of Sunset” star Mercedes Javid were among those who got sick.
“Thursday is when everyone started testing positive,” Lewis admitted, noting that “a third” of the attendees actually ended up with COVID.
“We also have people with symptoms who haven’t been tested yet. I don’t regret [it], by the way,” he added. “People are saying we’re reckless and stupid. No, we’re not, f–kers. We were all vaccinated, and we had a nurse there testing all of us before we even went in the door. I thought we were being responsible.”
However, Lewis clarified on Thursday’s show that he was “exaggerating” when he said the party was “worth almost dying for.”
“If someone said to me, ‘You’re going to go to this crazy party, you’re going to get wasted, s–tfaced, you’re going to have crazy, drunken sex, whatever. You’re going to go, but you’re gonna get COVID. It’s going to be light symptoms. It’s going to be runny nose, achy, you’re going to stay home for five days …’ — I would still go to that party, yes,” he began.
“But if someone said, ‘Look, you’re going to get COVID, and you’re going to have these chills for 24 hours, you’re not going to get warm, you’re going to have a 104-degree fever, you’re going to be delusional, whatever …’ — no, I’m not going to go to that party. So, that’s what I meant.”
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