It will be a new era when Below Deck returns for Season 8. Don’t worry, Captain Lee Rosbach is still be onboard. However, six-season Chief Stew Kate Chastain is done with Below Deck forever. And, to be honest, I don’t blame her. Working on yacht just seems so exhausting.
But, talking shit on reality TV sure seems like a fun gig, and something that Kate excels at. So will she be back on our screens sometime soon?
Even though we know that reality TV isn’t everything, but this Coronavirus has had an effect on some of our favorite shows. Watch What Happens Live suspended production and the Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 12 reunion has been postponed.
Now, there’s word that the next Below Deck season has been cut short as a precautionary measure. Obviously, this was the best call. The safety of the cast, crew, and guests is extremely important.
Below Deck cast member Rhylee Gerber always presented a tough exterior. Whether it was a simple exchange between coworkers or answering to the lineup of bosuns that tried to manage her, Rhylee’s reactionary attitude seemed to escalate situations. Of course, the toxic masculinity onboard this past season was beyond acceptable, but dealing with male coworkers often put Rhylee on the defensive. Recall the season with the perfectly respectful Ross Inia as her bosun.
But that is just in the professional realm. Rhylee does have a positive male relationship in her life. That person is her stepfather. This weekend, Rhylee shared some touching photos of her with her stepfather.
Joao Franco’s first season on Below Deck Mediterranean did not inspire a lot of confidence in his ability for a respectful romantic relationship. His constant flirtations with Kasey Cohen while wooing a smitten Brooke Laughton was cringe-worthy at best. Their relationship chugged along for a bit after the season ended. Brooke went to visit Joao’s family in Zimbabwe, which seemed promising, but she ultimately broke up with him shortly thereafter.
Of course that all played out in the Bravolebrity spotlight. Since then, Joao has been keeping his relationship with girlfriend Michelle Dicu relatively private, except for a few Instagram posts. But on Friday, Joao did share some very exciting news with his followers.
I love Below Deck, but I’m so happy we can put Season 7 behind us. I’m sure Andy Cohen feels the same way since he’s received a ton of backlash after hosting the two reunion episodes.
Andy even interacted with his critics directly this week while filming his radio show Andy Cohen Live.
Andy Cohen has been on a bit of an apology tour this week. Public opinion was not kind to Andy following his appearance hosting theBelow Deck reunion episodes and he’s been using his radio show as a platform to backpedal, explain, and of course, apologize.
After a particularly bitter and vicious season, fans were curious as to how the cast would react to each other at the reunion. Certainly Andy, as host, was responsible for setting the tone and remaining neutral throughout. But general public opinion found Andy tone-deaf to the deeper issue of misogyny within the crew. Also, that he let Ashton Pienaar off way too easy.
Captain Sandy Yawn, star of Below Deck Mediterranean, is taking care of business. She is a leader in a career mostly dominated by men. Cancer tried, but Sandy beat it. And she overcame a life-threatening motorcycle accident. Throughout the many personal challenges Sandy has faced in her life, she has pushed through with a staunch positive attitude and forayed that into becoming one of Bravo’s most-discussed celebrities.
Even if Captain Sandy isn’t your cup of tea, with her penchant for giving hugs and exasperation of Chief Stews who take too many
meltdowns smoking breaks, there is one thing that cannot be denied. Sandy is a badass. Recently, Sandy experienced another harrowing medical incident. Now she is using her platform to raise awareness and share some advice we could all probably stand to hear. Listen to your body, y’all.
I don’t know about you, but I really struggled to get through the Below Deck Season 7 reunion episodes. The misogyny and hypocrisy were just so frustrating to watch. As much as I love Below Deck, I am happy the season is over.
It got on my nerves up until its very last moment: Andy Cohen having the nerve to ask Courtney Skippon if she planned on hooking up with Brian de Saint Pern after the reunion taping. This was after she said he sent her aggressive texts and had to block him. Courtney also explicitly stated that she wants to be with someone who respects her. Courtney was very clear the whole reunion about how she felt about Brian. Why on earth did Andy think that was appropriate to ask? Especially given the unwanted sexual advances that dominated storylines this season. Tone-deaf much?