You can take Hannah Ferrier off the yacht, but you can’t take the snark out of the girl. The former Below Deck Mediterranean Chief Stew was terminated after five seasons on the show for alleged valium and CBD use during charter. While fans were divided on whether the termination was warranted or not, most agree that Bosun Malia White manipulated the situation by reporting Hannah’s prescriptions only when she wanted to change bunk arrangements.
But Malia was not the only one with whom Hannah had unresolved issues. Bugsy Drake was reinstated as second stew shortly before Hannah’s departure. The two did not get along after working together on a prior season, and Hannah’s guard was up the whole time. And finally there’s Captain Sandy Yawn. Sandy not only fired Hannah and promoted Bugsy, but terrorized her tablescaping and management style for years. Some fans speculated that the three colluded to depose Hannah’s reign as OG Chief Stew. During the Season Five Reunion, Hannah sipped from a “I Need A Valium” mug. Nothing was resolved from that confrontation, and based on her new business venture, it’s clear that Hannah is not over it yet.
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There are certain Bravolebrities that annoy me and I don’t care for. Kyle Richards. Melissa Gorga. Lisa Rinna. But then there are some who have just committed the unforgivable over the years. Jax Taylor. LeeAnne Locken. Malia White. I cannot tell you how much I loathe these people. And ever since Malia narc’d out Hannah Ferrier for having meds that helped her combat mental illness, Malia is at the top of my list. So for all you Malia fans, you might want to skip this one!
When Malia did Hannah dirty, it resulted in Hannah’s firing. And the backlash against Malia was pretty swift. So I thought for sure she wouldn’t be back for another season. And I was wrong.
When news broke about Bravo’s Chat Room, most people didn’t know what to think. We were deep into the pandemic by then. Pretty much any content was a sight for sore eyes. Getting a talk show is the new version of “writing a book” for these camera-less Bravo stars. Maybe this was an attempt at a new normal?
The show aired late-late night, but featured mish-mash of Bravo-lebs that seemed promising. If anything, I think fans were hoping for some fourth-wall busting content. Gizelle Bryant, Porsha Williams, Hannah Berner, and Kate Chastain co-hosted Bravo’s Chat Room. That is, until Kate left just months in. Rather than replace Kate on the virtual talk-show, the final three pushed on alone. Meanwhile, Hannah and Kate seemed to begin some off-screen dramz following Kate’s departure. Finally this show has brought us something!
The Below Deck franchise has ballooned into three separate shows, each with it’s own flair and character. From the gorgeous locations, to the crew, to the incidents that happened onboard, the franchise has something for everyone. Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean, and Below Deck Sailing Yacht all bring the drama. Viewers can expect crew hookups, galley disasters, and drunken fights.
Then there are the specific situations that defined each show. Former bosun Ashton Pienaar almost lost his life on Below Deck. Captain Sandy Yawn made a grown man cry after terrorizing Chef Kiko Lorran and fired Hannah Ferrier in a vindictive manner. After a charter guests supposedly brought drugs onboard, Captain Glenn Shephard made the decision to search their bags.
The crew that lasted until the end of Below Deck Mediterranean Season 5 seemed a bit hastily put together. Captain Sandy Yawn was grasping at straws at one point in the season to fill the chief stew and chef positions. Bugsy Drake took over for Hannah Ferrier, but it was unclear whether she was coming back for another season. Chef Tom Checketts was not suited for yacht life, as evidenced by his ego-driven rages. And now that he is no longer dating Malia White, he has no reason to be slumming it without a sous-chef on the high seas.
Then there is always a re-shuffle when it comes to deck hands and the interior staff, so it was inevitable that viewers would be introduced a whole lineup of new people. Why have anyone on screen past their shelf-life when you can bring in new characters and new dramas? But does anyone that’s not in a management position even want to come back for more? Based on the turnover each season, it doesn’t seem so.
Though Kate Chastain left Below Deck after Season 7 wrapped, she is somewhat still the face of Below Deck. That honor arguably belongs to Captain Lee Rosbach. Of course Kate worked along side Captain Lee for five seasons, and her longevity in the industry makes her opinion about all things yachting a reliable one.
And the former Bravo Chat Room host certainly has a unique style when it comes to delivering her opinion. Her dry sense of humor became a staple with viewers. So of course when something of interest happens on any show in the franchise, Kate will give her opinion.
Chief Stew extraordinaire Kate Chastain quit Below Deck and the yachting industry after a volatile season filming with bosun Ashton Pienaar. The environment was so toxic, that she walked away from a fantastic job and adoring fans to pursue a life on land. Kate always called Fort Lauderdale home while in between yachting seasons, but decided to give a new location a try.
New York City did not suit Kate. Or rather, the vibrant city under strict coronavirus lockdown did not suit her. Chalk it up to bad timing, but the former chief stew was in her West Village apartment in March of 2020. She quickly evacuated to Florida to self-isolate as the pandemic began, but returned to New York in January 2021. Kate is now back in Florida. Perhaps on a more permanent basis, because she got a new place. And she has a very very charming new neighbor.