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Unfortunately, the sexism is rampant throughout the Below Deck franchise. Yes, that statement isn’t applicable to every single person on the boat. However, it’s an issue that the cast encounters practically every season.

Bosun Eddie Lucas promoted Izzy Wouters to the lead deckhand position with Captain Lee Rosbach’s blessing. Instead of congratulating Izzy on the promotion, acknowledging her hard work/aptitude, or just giving her any modicum of respect on deck, James Hough and Rob Phillips joked at her expense, making it clear that they didn’t take her seriously as leader.

Below Deck Reunion Ashton Pienaar

Many Below Deck alums disappear into post-reality TV obscurity.  Ashton Pienaar could have been remembered as the deckhand who entertained his castmates with outrageous Smashton moments and narrowly escaped death when his foot got tangled in a tow line and he was dragged overboard.

Unfortunately, Ashton returned for season 7 as a newly appointed bosun.  His zeal for the job was quickly dampened by lack of management skills and being triggered by Chief Stew Kate Chastain.  Smashton became downright scary and threatening towards Kate and deck hand Rhylee GerberHe had quite a bit of damage control to do at the reunion, and revealed that he had started counseling to deal with issues he identified after watching himself on screen.

Izzy Wouters Below Deck Charley

Watching Izzy Wouters blossom on the deck team has been like viewing the formation of a diamond.  Since moving out of interior service on Below Deck, Izzy has stood out on her team.  She is very competent and professional, looks out for her colleagues, and has a hilarious personality too.

If it seemed like Izzy and chief stew Francesca Rubi were about to but heads, bosun Eddie Lucas is encouraging and appreciative of her.  If only “sunshine” crew member Shane Coopersmith could evoke the same feelings.  And while Izzy’s transformation could be the simple result of better skill placement, it is important to have good management.

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We are excited to announce a collaboration with S’More, which recently started a weekly show called S’More Live Happy Hour, which includes interviews with celebs and reality stars dishing on dating stories, playing hilarious games, and spilling some tea.
Reality Tea will cover the recently published and upcoming episodes. So far, S’More has talked with Sutton Stracke from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,  Love is Blind cast member Kelly Chase, Summer House star Carl Radke, Below Deck alum Ashton Pienaar, Real Housewives of New York alum Barbara Kavovit, former RHOBH cast member Eden Sassoon, Big Brother alum Rachel Reilly, and more.

Below Deck Alum Laura Betancourt Defends Former Flame Ashton Pienaar; Says He Is “Regretful” For

Ashton Pienaar gave Below Deck viewers two seasons of incredibly charged behavior and infamous moments.  As a deckhand, Ashton nearly lost his life after a mishap with tow lines. Last season Ashton was the misogynistic bosun who couldn’t apologize enough to Kate Chastain, Rhylee Gerber, and Captain Lee Rosbach.

Ashton did have some tender moments as well.  He often talked about “planting seeds,” which more times than not were fruitless attempts.   But Ashton did manage to hook up with Laura Betancourt in season 6 and the two remained friends after filming ended.

Captain Lee Rosbach Was Surprised Kate Chastain Left Below Deck

One of the most important crew relationships on any Below Deck show is the dynamic between the captain and the chief stew. Everything that occurs on the boat, from charter guest parties to personnel issues flows from the camaraderie between the two positions.

Of all the Below Deck shows, the closest captain-chief stew relationship has been between Captain Lee Rosbach and Chief Stew Kate Chastain. Through six seasons of sailing the Caribbean and South Pacific together, the two have had each other’s backs through stormy seas, out-of-control guests and unhappy crew members. When Kate announced she was leaving the show, many people were surprised. Count Captain Lee among them.

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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 On Overall Bad Cast Behavior on Below Deck

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.