“I haven’t even seen tonight’s episode and I’m already angry about it.” That was the tweet that popped up on my timeline before I sat down to watch the latest Below Deck Mediterranean. Or something like that. After having now sat through a grueling 75 minutes, I can confirm that viewer’s harbinger of things to come was accurate. Remember when this season was supposed to be about girl power? Women supporting women? How cool it is to have the first all-female leadership team in franchise history? Yeah, that’s officially a pipe dream.
Tonight was the episode every Below Deck Med fan has been waiting all season to see. We knew going into the premiere that Hannah Ferrier didn’t make it through the charter season. That she left sometime in the middle of filming. Did she quit? Was she fired? All fans knew was that the chief stew was now glowing and pregnant. And that she’d given up her career in yachting (and on Bravo) to give a life on land a try with her boyfriend and daughter-to-be.
Below Deck Season 2 stew Amy Johnson is not the most memorable alum. She was charming, sweet, hard working, and ever cheerful. Despite this, Chief Stew Kate Chastain still found a way to ostracize her. In typical Kate style, she used a friendship with her second stew to alienate the third stew. And Kat Held was happy to play along.
Amy was, in fact, fantastic at her job. But that doesn’t make for entertaining reality TV, so after Amy left the series to be closer to her boyfriend, she was quickly replaced. Ironically, she and Kate became friends after filming wrapped. Amy has been active on social media since her departure, supporting the show and her former chief stew.
Isn’t it great to have Below Deck back? How beautiful is the exotic Thailand setting? I think this might be the most stunning place Below Deck has been yet. Back for more charter merriment on the high seas are Captain Lee Rosbach, prickly chief stew Kate Chastain and last year’s favorite deckhand, now promoted to bosun, Ashton Piennar.
The yacht drama has already started with a nauseatingly sick on the first charter chef Kevin Dobson. Handful deckhand Abbi Murphy and complaining third stew Courtney Skippon are sure to make for an eventful season. Such crew members make you wonder, what would Kate do if she could actually pick her own crew? Maybe from some other Bravo franchises?
It’s the question that gets posed time and time again to the cast of Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean. Who’s on your yachtie dream-team? For this season, the Med crew was pretty solid after microwave operator Mila Kolomeitseva left. Anastasia Surmava did an admiral job as chef until she stepped aside for Ben Robinson to saunter back into our lives. June Foster only made a favorable impression on smitten Colin Macy O-Toole, but her tenure was also short-lived.
So we are finishing the season with the original squad, plus an actual chef. Captain Sandy Yawn has been dishing out the hugs in proper mother hen fashion. What can be better than that? Well, according to Bosun Joao Franco, there is one person that could improve at their job.
Season four of Below Deck has found Kate Chastain and Ben Robinson butting heads of late. Kate claims that it’s not sexual tension (left over from their previous romantic relationship), but simply work tension. It ia just how Ben and Kate operate, apparently!
Kate explains, “There was definitely still tension between Ben and I this season, but it definitely wasn’t sexual. I think the fact that we’re so comfortable with each other can be both a good and a bad thing when working on a boat together. Sometimes minor disagreements escalate into heated arguments quicker than they should because Ben and I don’t feel the need to politely hold back like we might with other crew members.”
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Kat Held was quite the party animal during her two seasons on Below Deck, but since leaving the show, her life is completely different. These days, instead of yachting and partying, Held is busy working and going to school. But many fans have been wondering whether or not Kat keeps in touch with anyone from the show and what she thinks of the new crew.
Luckily for us, Held took some time recently to answer those questions and dish about her life after the show. “I realized it was time to go down a different path and try something new. I decided to quit the yachting industry and move home to Rhode Island,” Held said about leaving after season 2. You don’t want to miss the rest of her interview, so come on inside.
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Ahoy maties, Luxury Yachting by Bravo will be back for round three! Bravo announced that Below Deck, the popular show about the crazy demands of uber wealthy clients and the crazier below the deck crew will be renewed citing great season 2 ratings!
The Below Deck season 2 finale, which aired Tuesday, was the highest rated episode of the season raking in 1.4 million viewers and gained viewership each week. On Tuesday night the only higher rated cable broadcast was Sons of Anarchy. The season average was 1.5 million.
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Below Deck is back! The high-seas drama cesspool will kick into high gear with some old and new faces.
Sexy chef Ben Robinson, drunki-fabulous Kat Held and Eddie Lucas will all return, as we knew from the Summer By Bravo ads featuring Kat and Ben. At the helm of, Ohana, a new $10 million dollar private yacht is Captain Lee. Surprisingly Adrienne Gang, who butted heads with several crewmembers last season will not return. Rumor has it Adrienne, who helped create the show and cast the original season, was holding out for more money and Bravo wasn't willing to bite.
It's no surprise, however, that Sam Orme, who was dating one of the cameramen and seemed to detest the yachting life will not be returning for a sophomore voyage. Of course in their place will be all-new ready and willing crewmembers! Kate Chastain, brother-sister duo Kelley and Amy Johnson, Jennice Ontiveros, and Andrew Sturby will all be setting sail. It was reportedly Bravo's plan all along to mix new crew members in with the original bunch to keep the show from getting stale.
This season the crew will be running mega-buck private charters through Virgin Islands.
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