Kate Chastain has had to make a life on land for herself after quitting Below Deck last season. The original chief stew that regaled us for years with her pithy, dry sarcasm is the queen of Bravo talk shows now. She co-hosts Bravo’s Chat Room with Gizelle Bryant, Porsha Williams, and Hannah Berner. Kate also appeared on Galley Talk with other Below Deck Alums.
Recently, Kate was looking for some new artwork to adorn her wall for the show. She attempted to purchase a piece, but found that her supposed clout from Below Deck did not transfer to negotiating a sale with an in demand artist.
This season of Below Deck started out so calm and cool in scorching hot Thailand. For a change, chief stew Kate Chastain was not letting anything ruffle her feathers for long. Kate’s inevitable ruffling initially came in the form of chef Kevin Dobson, who seemed to take an almost instant dislike to her. Kevin even called out her service in front of Captain Lee Rosbach during a tip meeting. Shockingly, Kate did not exact immediate revenge on Kevin.
Kate’s other source of consternation has been second stew Simone Mashile, who has expressed that she wants more responsibility. Kate has made it clear she doesn’t think Simone is a very good second stew, as she did not even know how to open a bottle of wine. Things went from bad to worse this week when a shady Kate gave second stew stripes to Courtney Skippon–in front of Simone! Kate said it was “both a reward for Courtney and a punishment for Simone.” So, where does all this leave Simone and Kate?
Kate Chastain’s favorite ex stew is making the news for her troubles again. If you remember Caroline Bedol at all from Season 6, she was the one that did the least amount of work and complained the most. To be fair, she did have an injured and swollen attitude foot.
It seems like for most people, being on a show improves their lives but not Caroline. After having a nervous breakdown on national TV with mean girls Kate and Josiah Carter taunting her, she went back home only to be homeless and asking for donations from fans.
Josiah Carter might be the perfect man. Trained butler, check. British accent, check. Loves his mama, check. The Below Deck yachtie also made quite an impression on our High Priestess of Snark, Kate Chastain as well. And that’s no easy challenge, right Caroline Bedol? During his season, fans watched as Josiah navigated through
horrible drunken guests. We saw him rise above petty crew members. Josiah also confronted bullying issues he had during his youth. And then there was… the Gold Speedo. Shhhh, I think I hear angels singing behind me.
Anygoldendaddy, after he toured Tahiti under silver fox, Captain Lee Rosbach, Josiah found himself watching, Below Deck Mediterranean. Josiah discovered something to like in Captain Sandy Yawn and the rest of the cast. Sounds like
my favorite the second stew might want to continue his journey, but with different scenery this time.
There are reality TV moments that are so outrageous and excessive that it unites fans in their disbelief. Caroline Bedol’s departure from Below Deck last season was one of those moments. It wasn’t Caroline quitting her Third Stew position that was shocking, but the manner in which she was treated by her superiors before she left. Chief Stew Kate Chastain and Second Stew Josiah Carter hooked up a speaker outside Caroline’s door to blast “eviction music.”
Crewmate Ross Inia put a stop to it and questioned Kate’s bullying tactics. Fans of the show agreed. Even Captain Lee Rosbach had a similar reaction. A question of ethics also came up. Should audition screening be more thorough to make sure no one is put into a high-pressure situation that they may not be able to handle?
When Caroline Bedol quit Below Deck, she did so without any advance notice. Correction, she first gave two days notice. Then, she abruptly decided not to get out of bed the next morning. Chief Stew Kate Chastain and Second Stew Josiah Carter were left with a full workload, yet again. But Caroline wasn’t in a hurry to leave the boat. What happened next was one of the most talked about events all season.
In retrospect, maybe Caroline’s squatting tendencies resulted from not having a home to return to. She is certainly not in a stable situation now. Last week, Caroline was publicizing her Paypal account and asking for money. She must not have gotten the response she needed because Caroline is now “between homes.”
Caroline Bedol’s brief tenure on Below Deck was fraught with histrionics and paranoia. Third Stews don’t have longevity on this show, but Caroline didn’t even get a full’s day work in. She was consistently unwell. A swollen foot was the only visible and concrete ailment.
Perhaps Caroline was truly a victim of a toxic atmosphere as she claimed. If so, she certainly would be faring better on land, right? You decide. There was a cringe-worthy call into Watch What Happens Live, and a welfare check to her home in December.
Last night we officially sent the cast of Below Deck on their final charter and we waved farewell with Tahitian flower crowns in our hair. Don’t I wish! Actually far from sunsets, the entire affair took place in the dark, sordid Watch What Happens Live clubhouse, with the disco’d up cast perched on uncomfortable stools which are clearly the castoffs from one of Lisa Vanderpump‘s collaborations with Nick Alain gone wrong!
First off Andy Cohen clears the suspense by stating that Caroline Bedol and Chandler Brooks won’t be joining them. That statement made it pretty much apparent that the reunion would be boring as everyone else was BFF by the time the season ended. Several of them are still close friends today!
Seriously, though, I had forgotten Caroline and Chandler were even on the show this season was so busy. Other than Rhylee Gerber they were the sole sources of drama in the first half of the season.