Maggie Kelly’s Instagram account “Best of Bravo” posted a picture of Captain Kerry Titheradge spotted Grenada, and island country in the West Indies. The original Below Deck series typically begin filming the latest season in late January or early February. Meanwhile, Captain Lee has been busy tweeting on Twitter the past few weeks, something he didn’t previously do around this time of the year due to filming.
Then TV Deets exclusively reported sources close the show confirmed Captain Lee was told by show producers he wouldn’t be invited back for Below Deck season 11. Apparently show production at 51 Minds Entertainment or Bravo want to “freshen up” the series after Captain Lee commandeering yacht crew for nine-and-a-half seasons. Captain Lee previously told fans in Dec. he planned to come back for season 11 if production invited him back.
Captain Lee left early on Below Deck season 10 due to surgery recovery complications and health issues. Below Deck Mediterranean‘s Captain Sandy Yawn stepped in for Captain Lee as he went home to recover. Captain Lee Confirmed he will return at some point on Below Deck season 10 to finish out the charter season, apparently his unwitting swan song. The fan-nicknamed Stud of the Sea turned 73 year-old late last year.
Fans Respond To Likely News Captain Kerry Replaces Captain Lee On Below Deck Season 11
Below Deck fans on Reddit responded somewhat positively to the news of their beloved septuagenarian OG captain setting sail on the series.
“I mean… it’s definitely sad, but kind of understandable. It was incredibly uncomfortable to watch him in the state he was in at the beginning of this season (and yes I realize it was more uncomfortable for him than it was for viewers),” said user just-jen57. “He’s a treasure, and I’ll always appreciate everything he did for the franchise, but I’m all on board for Captain Kerry taking over!”
“He should be added to Galley Talk,” another added.
Bravo is unlikely to announce the purported captain change on Below Deck‘s flagship show until near the time the next season gets released, most likely in the late fall 2023. Previous reports of Captain Sandy replacing Captain Lee on season 10 in Saint Lucia because she was spotted filming there weren’t confirmed by Bravo until the episode she replaced him aired in late 2022.
Meanwhile, Below Deck Adventure‘s finale aired last week on Jan. 31, and Bravo didn’t announce a Below Deck Adventure reunion episode. Fans are wondering if Below Deck Adventure will be the first expansion spinoff to get axed. The ratings weren’t great, about a half million viewers on average tuned in each week. Fans online generally said it was boring, no matter how many times the crew said “adventures”.
Bravo already added Below Deck Mediterranean, Below Deck Sailing Yacht, and Below Deck Down Under . BDSY‘s inaugural season similarly lacked excitement from the fanbase. But it was renewed, so there’s still hope for Below Deck Adventure season 2. Although the show will apparently need a new captain if it’s renewed.