The biggest cast shake-up on Below Deck Mediterranean happened last season when OG Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier was fired. Captain Sandy Yawn, at the behest of “maritime” law terminated Hannah for failing to register her prescriptions medications. Bosun Malia White found valium and a CBD pen in Hannah’s belongings, then waited for a perfect opportunity to report them to Captain Sandy. Bugsy Drake, who returned to fill in as second stew, replaced Hannah.
Now, with Season 6 to premiere shortly, fans are anticipating what to expect from a new Chief Stew. Hannah was with the show since it premiered, and what would we do without our chain-smoking, underwhelming table-setting, job-hating Hannah? Love her or hate her, she was a show staple. Much like Kate Chastain on Below Deck.
So Hannah’s replacement, Katie Flood, has been doing the interview rounds to discus her feelings about the situation. E! News shared an exclusive interview with Katie in which the New Zealand described how it felt to replace veteran Hannah.
“Being a chief stew, OK, we all know the job,” Katie said, “but every one of us have a different way of doing it or bring different strengths to the table. So, I just think it will be refreshing for the viewers, maybe.” Hopefully Katie has an enthusiasm for table decor.
And for those fans still resistant to accept Hannah’s firing and not, “happy that Hannah’s not here,” Katie pointed out that it ultimately, “worked out good,” for the Australian native who had a child and got engaged since leaving the show. Katie pointed out that Hannah is, “in a completely different stage of life now.”
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Certainly, it’s not that Hannah regrets coming back to land life, she’s expressed the desire to do so for many seasons, but it’s the manner in which she was terminated that still leaves a sour taste for her and her fans. Case in point, Hannah recently launched a line of home goods named, “Bugs Off,” in an apparent dig at Bugsy.
It will be interesting to see how Captain Sandy will interact with Katie. She and Hannah bickered for many seasons, so at least there will be a new dynamic between department heads. Katie also spoke about her own personal goals for joining the cast. “This opportunity sort of fell in my lap at the right time, and all signs pointed towards me doing this,” she explained, “so, I just went with my gut and here we are.”
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