After sustaining a painful injury that affected his ability to perform on charter, Lee left Season 10 of BD to recover. He returned, determined to finish the job he started, but it was problematic. Bravo executives made the decision to keep Lee under contract, but have him sit out Season 11. This will hopefully provide ample time to heal from any lingering issues and possibly return.
In the interim Lee isn’t going to be sitting around, doing nothing. He spoke with The Sun Sentinel and shared what he’ll be up to while he steps away from the cameras.
If you miss Lee more than usual, he does make appearances. He did a one-man show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and posted the details on Instagram. Guests enjoyed cocktails and listened to Lee’s tales about his life and career. Not for nothing, that was probably a pretty good time.
Captain Lee is also considering a follow-up book to his 2018 memoir, Running Against the Tide: True Tales from the Stud of the Sea. His son Joshua Rosbach died from a drug overdose in 2019. The new book would likely deal with the sensitive subject matter.
Lee said, “Nothing hits home like when you walk in and you find your son dead. That’s the image that I have in my head, in my mind, when I go to sleep every night. That’s the image. That’s the first thing I wake up to every morning.” Joshua battled an addiction to pain meds after he sustained a broken leg and feet in an accident.
He added, “I went to Washington to speak in front of Congress [in 2021]. Every congressman there had a relative, a friend of a relative, someone close to them, that had passed away from fentanyl. And I kept going, ‘Then why the f— are you sitting on your a——?’” While Lee feels Joshua’s story will be difficult to relive for the purpose of writing, the content could be helpful to others.
“I’m trying to develop the inner coping skills so that now — this is just within the last six months or so — I can think of Josh and the fun times that he had, and the fun things that he did, and get a smile on my face,” Lee admitted.
With that, much respect to Captain Lee. Hopefully, he finds some relief from his physical pain. And we hope he can reach the point where waking up with a smile becomes his new normal.
TELL US- WOULD YOU SEE CAPTAIN LEE IN A ONE-MAN SHOW? DID YOU READ HIS FIRST MEMOIR? DO YOU THINK HE WILL RETURN TO BELOW DECK?
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