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Brooke Laughton From Below Deck Mediterranean Is Engaged

As more and more Below Deck cast members progress through different stages of land-life, us fans will be able to reconnect with some familiar faces.  And isn’t it nice to see some happy, ecstatic brides-to-be or pregnancy bumps on social media?  But most alums slip from our minds, like Below Deck Mediterranean Season One deck hand Danny Zureikat, being hauled off on a donkey after a disastrous performance onboard.  Of course, production likely prefers casting fresh faces each season.  Especially with lower ranking staff, it’s one season and done with most of them.

Such was Brooke Laughton’s tenure on Below Deck Mediterranean.  She joined the crew as a very capable second stew in Season 3.  Brooke and Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier got along rather well until she started crushing on Joao Franco and Hannah ducked out of work responsibilities to smoke ciggies with Bosun Conrad Empson.  Third Stew Kasey Cohen also had her eye on Joao and a rather sloppy love triangle resulted.  Happier days were waiting for Brooke after she left the show, and just this week, she shared some very special news.

Kate Chastain Below Deck

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.

Bugsy Drake Releases A Book On Tablescapes

Both Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean have undergone some haywire transformations in their most recent seasons. Among the highest ranking changes was Bugsy Drake coming on as a second strew mid-season and ending in the role of chief! Who saw that coming? And what was the new interior leader’s point of order? Tablescapes of course!!

Have you ever seen so much tablescape drama in your life? Captain Sandy Yawn shamed Hannah Ferrier for her lack of gusto for table design. It is such a weird microcosm of existence to get hung up on. Like how much emotion can one person have around napkins, those weird flat marble stone things from your grandma’s house, and forks? I guess the answer is, a lot.

Below Deck Mediterranean Star Hannah Ferrier

She’s here! Below Deck Mediterranean alum Hannah Ferrier has confirmed the birth of her first child, a baby girl.

Hannah’s boyfriend Josh is a pretty private guy, whose last name she’s never mentioned, and whose picture Hannah has never shared on social media (per his request), but their baby girl has already made her Instagram debut.

Paget Berry Ciara Duggan Below Deck Sailing Yacht

Paget Berry and Ciara Duggan were the first Below Deck couple that we got to see live and work together.  Most often, a coupled crew member had someone on land that they either stay faithful to or pulled the “open relationship card” like Rob Westergaard.

But Paget and Ciara were together on Below Deck Sailing Yacht.  All.  The.  Time.  They gave off an old married couple vibe with tons of bickering and squabbling, but they were also really in tune with each other and had tender moments as well.  Ciara was so confident in Paget’s feelings for her that she endured an entire season of Georgia Grobler flirting with her man without batting an eyelash, confident that Paget would never stray.

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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 Mediterranean Chef Ben Robinson Debuts New Girlfriend

We’ve met a lot of chefs on Below Deck.  The turnaround is not as high as the deck or interior crew positions, but most of them have left after one season.  Sometimes, as in the case of Mila Kolomeitseva and Leon Walker, they don’t even the last the season.  In both cases, Ben Robinson stepped in to finish the job.

Ben is the OG chef of the franchise.  He was cast in season 1 of Below Deck, back in the days of Adrienne Gang.  When Adrienne left, the glorious Kate Chastain filled the Chief Stew position and the rest was divine reality TV history.  Kate and Ben had a fun, flirty rapport that also included a lot of dry wit and sarcasm.  Ben also has my approval for turning down Below Deck Mediterranean chief stew Hannah Ferrier.  Ben decided to leave yachting for a while after finding love on board with Emily Warburton-Adams.  He has been quiet about his love life since they broke up in 2017.  Now, Ben is sharing a new romance.

Below Deck Rhylee Gerber

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.