It’s got to be difficult being a reality TV star. You don’t have control of unflattering edits, you’re at the mercy of non-disclosure agreements, and have to relive some of your worst days in the public eye. Social media is forever.
Hannah Ferrier is currently living her best life. She has a doting boyfriend and is pregnant with their first child. Love her or hate her, Hannah is undeniably happy and radiant. Getting fired from Below Deck Mediterranean was probably one of the best things that happened to her. But reliving it while the season is airing and having to respond on social media might not be.
Welcome to a new chapter of Below Deck Mediterranean. The dawn of a new day. A time to set sail for the unknown sea, the wind at our backs and Captain Sandy Yawn still micromanaging the boat from the bow. Just kidding, we’re still in Mallorca.
For those of you just tuning in, this week is the first episode in the history of the show’s five seasons without Hannah Ferrier as chief stew. The OG’s firing — over an unregistered Valium prescription — was decidedly hard to watch last week. The fallout in interviews and other press was even harder to swallow. (Need an example? Just listen to the way Sandy chooses to use the phrase “do Valium” in this clip from the Below Deck Med After Show.)
After Hannah Ferrier was fired on the recent Below Deck Mediterranean episode, she decided to stroll the dock and smoke a cigarette. An understandable choice, given the brusqueness of her termination. While on the phone with boyfriend Josh, Hannah was cornered on the dock by Captain Sandy Yawn.
Sandy was looking to validate her decision. Or maybe more camera time. Whatever the motivation, she really wanted Hannah to understand her point of view and leave on a sympathetic note. Hannah was having none of it, and left the boat with unresolved tension.
The current season of Below Deck Mediterranean has been infuriating. On the most recent episode, Captain Sandy Yawn fired Hannah Ferrier for having Valium with her and failing to register the prescription with the boat. She also wondered if Hannah flushed the “drugs” down the toilet and chased Hannah down the dock to berate her.
Yes, Hannah broke a rule about registering medication. That is black and white. However, the way she has been treated has only heightened the stigmas associated with getting help for mental health concerns, especially since Malia White secretly took a photo to send to Captain Sandy and never fessed up to doing so. Neither of them demonstrated a shred of compassion for Hannah’s struggle with anxiety. Now, Hannah’s former friend, Kate Chastain, is speaking out about the drama. And, not surprisingly, she’s not on Hannah’s side here.
I’m all for the safety measures that television production teams are taking in response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, there’s just nothing more electric than an in-person reunion taping. Don’t get me wrong, I would rather have a Zoom reunion than no reunion at all. And I’m seriously hoping for a Below Deck Mediterranean reunion this season. There is just so much to discuss!
Even so, I would love to see Hannah Ferrier stand up to Malia White and Captain Sandy Yawn after the snake-like behavior and blatant disrespect that they exhibited this season. Yes, Hannah broke a rule by not registering her prescription medication. That is very easy to understand. Nevertheless, the way Malia secretly took a photo of Hannah’s belongings to send to Captain Sandy was so shady. The way Captain Sandy followed Hannah only to berate her and curse at her was cruel and unprofessional. Any human being deserves more than the way Hannah was treated.
Hannah Ferrier’s struggles with anxiety and panic attacks have surfaced over the five seasons that she’s been Chief Stew on Below Deck Mediterranean. In the past, Captain Sandy Yawn displayed some degree of empathy towards Hannah. She even let her take a day off during charter to regroup after a particularly taxing flare up. This season, unfortunately, Hannah was not in trustworthy company when she was on her knees in distress and asking for a Valium. Bosun Malia White took the liberty of reporting Hannah’s prescriptions, not the morning after the incident, but in retaliation for an unrelated matter days later.
It’s simply too convenient that production was itching for a cast shake-up and Hannah was just not into the job anymore. They found a willing participant to take advantage of Hannah’s vulnerability. And while Hannah should have registered her medicines with the boat, and perhaps it was time for her to leave the industry, the way Malia and Sandy were complicit in taking Hannah down has left them at the mercy of fan backlash.
On the latest episode of Below Deck Mediterranean, we said goodbye to a long-time cast staple, Hannah Ferrier. The whole thing was messy, unnecessary and quite frankly, not cool.
It was bad enough that Hannah was ratted out by Bosun Malia White for alleged Valium use. Malia went to great lengths to call “narcotics” when she told on Hannah to Captain Sandy Yawn. What made it even worse was Captain Sandy’s reaction to Hannah when she decided to leave. Hannah was understandably upset and didn’t want to coddle Sandy for her feelings on firing her. Which didn’t go over well with Sandy and led to Sandy gaslighting Hannah for her own feelings on the matter.
The fallout continues! On this week’s episode of Below Deck Mediterranean, we saw the
unwarranted dismissal of Chief Stew, Hannah Ferrier. I don’t think I’ve ever seen fans this mad over anything that happened on Below Deck Med. Not even when fan favorite, Kiko Lorran was fired for one bad night.
Social media is reacting big time. While Bosun Malia White, the
snake responsible for Hannah’s dismissal, continues to make excuses for herself, Hannah’s fellow castmates have come to her defense on the matter. And now that the episode has aired, Hannah is coming out with her feelings on what went down.