Like any reality show, Below Deck features many unique cast members who fans love to watch and follow. However, unlike many other reality TV shows, the cast members of the franchise live in very close quarters together on a charter boat for extended periods of time.
As most of us know, living with others can be hard, sometimes so much so that it makes us stop wanting to spend time with them altogether. Therefore, there are plenty of Below Deck stars that fans may love, but their fellow castmates did not.
Chef Rachel Hargrove
When Chef Rachel Hargrove made her debut in Below Deck Season 8, fans were instantly enamored with her witty one-liners and elaborate, tasty dishes. However, although Rachel’s quips made her a fan-favorite, the same quips caused her fellow castmates to dislike her.
For example, Rachel famously cussed out the whole Below Deck crew and left the boat before a charter, which she later revealed was fueled by her COVID-19 pandemic anxiety. She also told fan-favorite Captain Lee Rosbach to “go f*ck himself.” However, she was then able to redeem herself in his eyes because of her amazing cooking. However, after slamming both Bravo and its paycheck, Rachel quit the show and said she does not plan to return. We’ll miss her one-liners!
Ashton Pienaar appeared in Below Deck Seasons 6 and 7 as a deckhand and then as a bosun, and has been regarded as one of the best deckhands in the Below Deck franchise. Because of his friendly demeanor and excellent work ethic, fans loved to watch Ashton’s antics onscreen. Ashton was also involved in a near-fatal accident where he was thrown overboard the boat. The accident caused fans to like him even more when he survived.
However, both fans and cast members grew wary of the deckhand when he harassed Chief Stew Kate Chastain and made unwanted sexual advances at her, especially because he exhibited inappropriate behavior towards other women as well.
Kate Chastain, the Chief Stew on Below Deck from Season 2 through Season 7, won fans over because of her quick wit and leadership skills. However, when it came to her fellow cast members, Kate definitely exhibited “mean girl” behavior. Both cast members and viewers were surprised at some of the drama Kate caused onboard the ship, such as when Kate and Josiah Carter played loud music to bother Caroline Bedol after she quit.
Kate also had a habit of gossiping about other Below Deck stars, which, as everyone knows, is not a good way to make friends. However, Kate never seemed too bothered as to whether or not she was liked onboard the ship.
When Gary King joined Below Deck season 2, he instantly became a fan favorite because of his charming personality. He charmed his fellow cast members as well, clearly, since he had many romances on the ship, and it turned out he was a bit of a player.
For example, Gary was involved in two love triangles in Season 4, and he also showed weird and jealous behavior towards the women involved. Since then, Gary has admitted that he needs to work on himself and his behavior towards others. We love to see it.
Chef Adam Glick
When Chef Adam Glick first hit the screens in Below Deck Mediterranean Seasons 2 and 3, fans loved him because of his adventurous attitude and general “free spirit nature.” Viewers also largely admired the New Mexico chef’s top-notch culinary skills, even when Adam did questionable things with the guests’ food, like adding onions to a dish when several guests had specifically requested their dish to be without onions. Can’t say we love that.
In addition, when it came to his fellow cast members, Adam was often in the center of controversy, especially in regards to his romantic relationships with Malia White and then again with Jenna MacGillivray when he appeared on Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season 1. However, Adam impressed both fans and fellow cast members with his growth after his failed flings, and now hosts his own cooking show.
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