Remember when Below Deck was just a newborn babe of a Bravo show, and chief stew Adrienne Gang was the center of the entire crew’s disdain? Well, Adrienne sure does! And she is a teensy bit bitter about how easy the chief stews since season one have had it. At least, that’s the way she sees it!
To be fair, Adrienne was consistently tortured by her second stew, Samantha Orme, who perma-smirked her way through her entire stint aboard Honor, undermining Adrienne’s management efforts at every turn. Adrienne claims, “I think the chief stews since me have had it a lot easier than I did with the girls that they had. The girls that they had actually wanted to do work.”
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Adrienne told Bravo’s Daily Dish that she has watched all subsequent seasons of Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean, though she tries not to judge too harshly. She knows the shows are purely for “entertainment value” and says she tries not to “pick it apart.” Hmm. Okay, then.
She does seem to take issue with the caliber of the interior crew on recent seasons, however, claiming they were/are far superior to the one she was saddled with. “For the most part, as far as the interior crew, I think that Kate [Chastain] and Hannah [Ferrier] both got lucky because they had great girls underneath them that actually wanted to do their job, and I think I was at a deficit there,” she accuses.
Which begs the question: Did Adrienne NOT see Rocky Dakota’s ridiculous antics on Below Deck Season 3? Because that delusional mermaid was on par with the neediest and whiniest of stews – any season – hands down!
Adrienne has noticed other changes since season one as well, notably the fact that people get fired now. Like, for real! She jokes, “I think that changes it a little bit. It’s a little bit like Survivor now more than anything else, but I really enjoy watching it.”
Since her debut season, Adrienne has freelanced on yachts, even making connections in the industry with some recent BD cast members. She’s befriended BD Med’s second stew Tiffany Copeland, who Adrienne says is “amazing” and the same show’s first mate, Bryan Kattenburg.
The Below Deck Mediterranean spinoff has many viewers drawing comparisons between it and the original franchise, but Adrienne says, “To me, they’re the same show, different location.” The fact that head chef Ben Robinson provided a crossover tie between the two shows also “creates a tie there,” she adds.
Despite her claims that Kate and Hannah had it easier than her, Adrienne confesses that she still has much love for Hannah. She was particularly impressed with how Hannah handled herself “amazingly well” on BD Med, gushing, “I love watching her because I think she’s really creative, and I think for me, seeing her do things a little differently is always a learning experience.”
Hmm…no word on Kate? One has to wonder if Adrienne might be just a little bit jealous of Kate rising through the ranks as a fan favorite after Bravo replaced Adrienne with her, beginning in season 2? Just a thought!
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