If the Below Deck Sailing Yacht crew wasn’t on their A-game in last week’s episode, Captain Glenn Shephard will be disappointed to know the scrambling carries over into this week. Maybe it’s residual from the crash a few episodes back. Or maybe it’s the gaggle of ladies currently on board. But something has definitely put the crew on the wrong foot and nearly everyone seems to be underperforming. That being said, the worst offender continues to be Natasha De Bourg, who keeps everyone waiting as she throws together lunch at the very last second for the guests’ beach picnic. I mean, she literally has the audacity to snap at Captain Glenn when he asks her to hurry. Girl, you’re the one not doing your job. Get a grip.
Even worse, Natasha‘s constant incompetence is making everyone else look bad. Particularly the interior. Which means the mess particularly falls on Daisy Kelliher‘s shoulders. And considering she’s pretty much right up there with Kate Chastain as one of the best chief stews in the Below Deck universe, that’s particularly unfair. Because Daisy is really good at her job. (Seriously, even Kate says so.) If the worst mistake you make in a charter season is radio’ing that you “found” more rosé, you’re a pretty stellar department head.
When news broke about Bravo’s Chat Room, most people didn’t know what to think. We were deep into the pandemic by then. Pretty much any content was a sight for sore eyes. Getting a talk show is the new version of “writing a book” for these camera-less Bravo stars. Maybe this was an attempt at a new normal?
The show aired late-late night, but featured mish-mash of Bravo-lebs that seemed promising. If anything, I think fans were hoping for some fourth-wall busting content. Gizelle Bryant, Porsha Williams, Hannah Berner, and Kate Chastain co-hosted Bravo’s Chat Room. That is, until Kate left just months in. Rather than replace Kate on the virtual talk-show, the final three pushed on alone. Meanwhile, Hannah and Kate seemed to begin some off-screen dramz following Kate’s departure. Finally this show has brought us something!
Though Kate Chastain left Below Deck after Season 7 wrapped, she is somewhat still the face of Below Deck. That honor arguably belongs to Captain Lee Rosbach. Of course Kate worked along side Captain Lee for five seasons, and her longevity in the industry makes her opinion about all things yachting a reliable one.
And the former Bravo Chat Room host certainly has a unique style when it comes to delivering her opinion. Her dry sense of humor became a staple with viewers. So of course when something of interest happens on any show in the franchise, Kate will give her opinion.
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.
Something leaked into the Bravo water and that is some toxic mess. The past two weeks have given us more drama during hiatus than actual production. Porsha Williams and Falynn Guobadia are about to go full The Boy Is Mine on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kim Zolciak is permanently tardy for the party and now the party is OVAH. Real Housewives of Dallas star Tiffany Moon has been subjected to racism on social media during AAPI month. What else could possibly happen?
Grab a Kleenex and a soothing tea, perhaps. After a season of nonsense and complete delusion where we learned, SUMMER, FUN, HANNAH BERNER, NOT FUN – the time has come. Let’s all join hands and bow our heads
in thanks, Hannah will not be returning to Summer House.
It’s been quite a while since Brandi Glanville clutched a diamond on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but she just can’t quit the drama. Brandi wasn’t too proud to beg Andy Cohen for her job back, and neither was her son.
Jake Cibrian pleaded with Andy to employ his mother again. Talk about embarrassing. Brandi also recently tweeted Andy and pitched herself as Kate Chastain’s replacement on Bravo’s Chat Room. Now that would be a crazy dumpster fire, and I am here for it!
Ahoy yachties! Welcome to Season 2 of Below Deck Sailing Yacht! Just one week after closing out Season 8 of the flagship franchise, we’re headed to Croatia aboard Parsifal III with Captain Glenn Shephard. Who is just nothing but a Canadian sweetheart and probably my favorite of the three Below Deck captains. And I promise that’s not just because of my obvious bias because we share the same name. He really is the best. Croatia, as a location, is also the best. And if the last time we were here is any indication (for Below Deck Mediterranean‘s iconic second season), we’re in for quite a ride.
Personally I’m thrilled to be covering Season 2 because I know a lot of people may have slept on Season 1, or didn’t it a chance. I didn’t watch it at first either. In fact, it was actually my very first binge of quarantine. Which is insane to think about now that it’s officially March and we’ve been doing this for a year now. But needless to say, I fell in love with the show. And it opened the door to me spending more time than I’d like to admit during the last year revisiting past seasons of both Below Deck and Below Deck Med as a way to escape and self-soothe during the pandemic.
We’ve seen Real Housewives (and former Housewives) on Below Deck charters, including Cynthia Bailey, Alexis Bellino, and Kary Brittingham (pre-Real Housewives of Dallas). What would it be like if they were actually cast members, working long hours and wearing khaki skorts? It would certainly be a short-lived experience, but it would probably be interesting to watch.
We’ve seen Bravolebrities pretend to be waitresses at SUR, but there’s no faking it on one of these Below Deck charters. They really do have work to do. Could you imagine a Real Housewife rocking one of those polyester polo shirts? Below Deck alum Kate Chastain sure can. She’s even come up with some names to be her second and third stew.