'Below Deck': What Does the Crew Regret the Most?
Anyone who looks back on their career likely has a few regrets, including the cast from Below Deck. Some of the crew members from the last seven seasons gathered in the Watch What Happens Live Clubhouse to celebrate the show’s 100th episode.
Bravo asked several of the crew members if they had any regrets during their time on the show, and if so what did they regret the most? Some crew members had some pretty obvious regrets, however, others had some pretty surprising insights. “I think during my first season, I just didn’t understand the ‘communicating your feelings’ on camera,” chief stew Kate Chastain says in a digital original.
“And so when people would do that, I was like, ‘Why are you talking about your feelings at work?’” Chastain continued. “It’s like ‘Hey Johnson sibling, stop crying.’ But looking back, I’m like, oh okay it’s kinda darling.”
This regret isn’t very surprising
Bosun Eddie Lucas shared his regret, which he expressed immediately following his last season on the show. “Biggest regret is obviously, season 3 and everything that went down between Rocky [Dakota] and I and the rest of the crew,” he said. “I was not happy with the way that all ended up and definitely if I could turn back time I would go back and not do a lot of things and respect my relationship back home and respect the people on the boat more. I wish I could have done that differently, but it’s been a while now and things have moved on.”
Another regret that probably isn’t surprising came from chef Ben Robinson. “I took off my trousers once but it was a beautiful thing and people just loved it,” he joked. Robinson adds that life is way too short for regrets.
Also, stew Kat Held, who appeared on the show for the first two seasons wishes she would have stuck it out longer on the show. “I wish I had stuck with it a little bit longer,” she said. “For sure. So I’m so excited to be back!”
She thinks maybe she blew things out of perspective
Tensions run high on Below Deck as the crew lives in tight quarters, working more than 15 hours a day. But stew Amy Johnson, who was sometimes brought to tears, wishes she wouldn’t have gotten upset during certain times on the show. “If I had to pick a biggest regret it would have to be that feeling as though things in the moment were way bigger than they actually were in perspective,” she says.
“Because you’re working so hard, you’re exhausted, everyone’s just trying to get the job done the best they can and manage all these different things,” she continues. “And when things happen in the moment, they feel like a really big deal. And when you look back and put things in perspective, you’re like, ‘Oh that could have been a way less deal.’”
Deckhand Connie Arias agrees with Johnson and says she became a little crankier than she needed to be a few times on the show. “Because it was not as big of a deal as Amy said,” Arias remarked.
Johnson’s brother Kelley says he didn’t have many regrets when he was bosun on season 4. But season 2, “I wish I would have taken it a little more seriously,” he says. “I came on it thinking, ‘Hey it’s a TV show, we’re gonna have fun.’” Stew Jen Howell says her biggest regret was letting stew Brianna Adekeye get to her. Also, deckhand David Bradberry was actually accused of not bringing enough drama. But he doesn’t regret not getting into the mix. “I can only be me,” he says. “I feel like when people try to make something out of nothing, that’s when you go wrong.”
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