We've been hearing rumors all over the place that parts of Below Deck were staged, meaning that some of the crew working on The Honor were hired just for the show. One person in particular: Sam Orme!
Sam grew up yachting, however Sam has seemed nothing but discontent in her position as Third Stewart and has been numbing the pain by making out with bunkmate C.J. Lebeau. Or has she?
Sam's on-again/off-again flirtation/drunken hookup relationship with C.J. may have been staged for the cameras since her REAL boyfriend actually worked as a camera man for the show!
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In real life Sam is dating a man named Derek Baranowski, who on his Facebook page revealed he was also working for the Below Deck!
Previously Derek worked for Celebrity Rehab and Project Runway according to his IMDB page. Sam and Derek have photos of each other all over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Below Deck crew recently filmed their reunion in the WWHL clubhouse and Derek was present. So was C.J. who got himself sprung from jail in time for the big event!
So – either Sam and C.J.'s on-screen romance was legit but then she met and fell in love with Derek. OR Sam was cast for the show because of her connection to Derek and agreed to share a room with C.J. for some reality TV drama! Hopefully we'll get some information there. During the reunion Sam reportedly reveals that her relationship with C.J. is "in limbo".
Interestingly both Sam and Derek, who currently live together in California, have started a solar energy company, Clean Energy Alliance Group. Huh?! Sam lists herself as a VP of Engineering and Derek is an analyst.
It's pretty much a given that Below Deck will be renewed for a second season. Last week's ratings pulled in 1.6 million viewers (I personally love the show), but in order for it to succeed the cast will have to change or the drama will get stale.
I'm positive we'll see more of C.J. and sexy chef Ben, along with Aleks (who really is a captain) and some of the others, but with newbies threaded in. I wonder if Sam is leaving her days of reality TV behind?
** Thanks to one of our awesome readers for the tip!
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Another shot of Sam & Derek
The Below Deck crew!
Kat & Sam during filming!