It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you: Ben Robinson, cheeky chef and low-key Lothario of the high seas, will not be returning to Below Deck next season. Oh the humanity! One season of crankiness and now he’s OUT?! The Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean star reportedly had contract negotiation issues with Bravo, though details are vague.
With Kate Chastain facing legal fallout from the domestic battery charge brought against her last year, and now Ben’s abrupt departure from the franchise, one has to wonder: Will there be a whole cast shakeup? I’ve just got one request for Bravo – people, we beg you, no more Chef Beefcheeks! Leon Walker is no beuno, no matter how hard up casting might be.
Since we were royally shafted out of a Below Deck reunion this year, Bravo is throwing us a (very tiny) bone by way of a catch-up blog, highlighting what the crew has been up to since cameras stopped rolling and regrets they have from their days aboard Valor.
A few juicy details are revealed, but maddeningly, Kyle Dixon spills absolutely no beans about his shady shenanigans of late. Thus, we must continue to stalk him on social media for answers. Sigh. #TheTruthIsOutThere
Kate Chastain left the season on a low note with former friend and sometime-lover, Ben Robinson. Since then, though, she admits that she’s seen Ben from time to time – and that he’s had more than one lady friend by his side over the past months! What? Bemily is OVER? Say it ain’t so!
Are you ready to dive into the warm Caribbean waters tonight with an all new season of Below Deck? We here at RT couldn’t be more excited to welcome back one of Bravo’s most fun shows for its fourth run! Captain Lee Rosbach shares that there are plenty of surprises in store for us.
“I don’t surprise easily, and this season surprised me – in a good way,” he shared. Familiar faces Kate Chastain, Ben Robinson, and Kelley Johnson will join Captain Lee as they mix it up with new cast members, both interior and exterior.
“Take a picture, trick, I’m on a boat, b*tch; we drinking Santana champ, ’cause it’s so crisp. I got my swim trunks, and my flippie-floppies; I’m flippin’ burgers, you at Kinko’s straight flippin’ copies.” This Lonely Island song is perfection. No seriously, take a picture. Take one million pictures…and post them all on Instagram! And those copies of which you sing, are they perhaps copies of friendship contracts? Last night’s Below Deck epitomized Bravo’s love of a crossover. Forget the Bailey Agency and wild rice, Real Housewives of Atlanta’sCynthia Bailey was all about the Eros!
After the fire that ended Eyebrows McEgo’s reign in the Eros kitchen, chef Leon Walker is out, and Ben Robinson is back in the galley…and in the opening credits! As the crew gets ready for their latest charter, Ben gets all judgy about Leon’s science experiment he called a refrigerator. Connie Arias is all googly-eyed over Ben, but he’s too busy throwing away rotting vegetable to notice. On deck, Eddie Lucas is thrilled to see Dave from season one, and he’s just as adorable as I remember. He’s saving up for his wedding to his equally precious boyfriend, and Captain Lee Rosbach can’t hide his glee at the new addition. Dave is introduced to Kate Chastain, Amy Johnson, Emile, Koutze, and Rocky “Raquel” Dakota Bartlow. Someone quick tell her he’s gay before she tries to make him her next victim!
Last week on Below Deck, we watched as Leon Walkermade an ass of himselfwent down in flames, after attempting to cover up the fire he started by blaming Kate. Of course, in typical Leon fashion (or at least what we have seen all season), when Captain Lee then suggested that dinner service be Leon’s last, Walker wasn’t having it, and made sure that he had the last laugh by ditching everyone early.
Since then, we’ve already heard Captain Lee’s thoughts on Leon’s departure and how he feels that Leon wasted so much of his talent – wait, he has talent? Now, Kate Chastain, who has been butting heads with Leon all season has shared her thoughts, and it’s no shocker to say that Kate is not pleasantly surprised by Walker’s exit. Find out what Kate had to say after the jump!
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In the event you didn’t already think Leon Walker was an asshat with overly manicured eyebrows and Raquel “Rocky” Dakota Bartlow was a few sandwiches short of a picnic, allow me to remind you of the always wonderful Internet…where nothing ever truly goes away. Ever. Even when you delete it. Remember that, teenagers!
Many of you have been buzzing after last night’s Below Deck, Leon’s brooding exit and Rocky’s dramatic exodus (and subsequent return). However, thanks to the Twitterverse a lot gossip is swirling about the part of Leon’s departure we didn’t see on camera.
“Somethin’ ’bout a boat, sittin’ on the sea; Out there in the wind, floatin’ on the free; Take you ’round the world, bring you back home; Gives a man hope, somethin’ ’bout a boat…Ain’t it crazy how somethin’ seems like nothin’ at all; Take a big old room, make it seem so small; Seein’ windows where there are walls, makes a whole lot of something out of nothin’ at all.” I admit it, these lyrics are in no way indicative of what we witnessed last night, but I love Jimmy Buffett, and he does use the word “crazy” which is applicable!
For the .07% of Bravo’s viewing population that wasn’t convinced that Raquel “Rocky” Dakota Bartlow is five-star crazy, last night’s Below Deck episode was just for you! It begins with Eddie Lucas putting out the kitchen fire and blaming the issue on Kate Chastain not taking the dirty pans out of the oven. Captain Lee Rosbach oversees the debacle as chef Leon Walker sleeps through the entire event. Kate tries to calm the guests who were awakened in the middle of the night by a fire alarm. The following morning, Amy Johnson can’t believe that Leon isn’t the least bit phased that his galley was up in flames the night before, and Connie Arias is shocked that Emile Kotze didn’t hear the ruckus. Rocky is quick dish to Leon that it was all Kate’s fault as Amy delivers breakfast in bed to the primary charter guest to start off his birthday celebration.