Below Deck and its four spinoff shows have filmed a lot of crew members fired by captains over the years since first airing on Bravo in 2013. Actually, a total of 26 cast members were fired in the past for various grounds for termination. Although fans didn’t agree with some of the crew members forced to walk the plank before the end of a yachting charter season, the captains had to make some tough decisions. It’s never a fun experience for the captains, and they always hope the fired crew member learn valuable lessons. So, let’s take a look at every Below Deck crew member fired and why in the show’s history of 25 seasons aired so far.
Of course, some of the Below Deck cast members who quit the show would likely have made the list had they not hightailed it out of there before they could be terminated. And there were certainly a few other crew members who deserved to be fired but somehow miraculously made it to the end their respective seasons (ahem, Raquel “Rocky” Dakota). However, with 26 firings throughout the combined seasons of Below Deck, Below Deck Mediterranean, Below Deck Sailing Yacht, Below Deck Adventure, and Below Deck Down Under, there’re plenty of people let go on the show in the past decade. Not only does it suck that they get fired on camera, but they also miss out on some of their Bravo, salary and tip pay.
Here’s a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all the Below Deck cast member firings.
Deckhand Andrew Sturby Fired On Below Deck season 2 For Lying About Experience
Deckhand Andrew Sturby ticked off his fellow crew members right from the get-go. His evident lack of experience shocked Bosun Eddie Lucas. He also upset the rest of the deck crew because he would constantly flirt and entertain charter guests instead of doing his work. Well, eventually Captain Lee Rosbach discovered why Andrew didn’t appear to know how to do his job. He lied on his CV about working on other superyachts, and didn’t have a lick of experience before the show.
Captain Lee made Andrew admit his big lie to the rest of the crew and he tried to remain aboard superyacht Ohana. However, his lack of experience and discipline ended up being too much to get over, and Captain Lee fired him on episode four. Andrew was then replaced by Logan Reese, who was a much more experienced and competent deckhand.
As Captain Lee is fond of saying: “Don’t let your mouth write a check that your [bleep] can’t cash!”
Below Deck Season 3’s Replacement Deckhand Dane Jackson Fired For Getting Drunkenly Belligerent
Dane Jackson replaced Don Abenante, who quit, on episode five of Below Deck season 3. He only lasted until episode eight, after he got extremely drunk and harassed other crew members. Captain Lee then hired trusted deckhand and former co-star David Bradberry to finish out the charter season.
Engineer & Senior Deckhand Trevor Walker Was Fired For Drunken Antics & Disrespecting Crew
Below Deck season 4’s Second Engineer and Senior Deckhand Trevor Walker only lasted four episodes before he was fired and replaced by Kyle Dixon. He blamed the crew for ganging up on him about being a hair model. But in reality, he was aggressively rude to his fellow crew members and got stinkingly drunk. Captain Lee feared his drunken shenanigans were a pattern and decided to fire him on episode four. Replacement deckhand Logan Reese stepped in to join the crew.
Below Deck season 5’s Deckhand Chris Brown Fired For Lazy Work Ethic & Lack Of Experience
Deckhand Chris Brown was fired on episode six of Below Deck season 5. Captain Lee kicked him of superyacht Valor because he couldn’t perform his duties and lacked experience. However, some fans were appalled that Captain Lee kicked Chris out of his cabin to sleep in the bilge because they’d hired Bosun EJ Jansen to lead the the deck team, demoting Lead Deckhand Nico Scholly’s command. Captain Lee wasn’t confident in Scholly’s leadership until episode eleven. EJ then returned to his other boat, and Kyle Dixon stepped in as the replacement deckhand yet again.
Chris was also pretty obnoxious on days off, instead of staying sober to make sure he’d be prepared to learn quickly while on charters.
Below Deck season 6 Bosun Chandler Brooks Fired For Lack Of Leadership
Bosun Chandler Brooks struggled to lead his deck team of Rhylee Gerber, Ahston Pienaar, and Ross Inia. His deck team basically had a mutiny because they didn’t respect his leadership role and he appeared to lack confidence in the job. On episode nine, Captain Lee had had enough and let him go. He promoted Ross to bosun and hired replacement deckhand Tyler Rowland.
Elizabeth Frankini Fired On Below Deck Season 8 For Insubordination
Below Deck season 8 stewardess Elizabeth Frankini irritated Chief Stewardess Francesca Rubi to no end. She constantly talked back and disrespected her authority. Frankini also didn’t work very hard and regularly slacked off. She was constantly distracted on the job by her boatmance crush James Hough. Frankini also put the crew in danger when she mixed the wrong chemicals together, unwittingly making toxic mustard gas. Eventually Rubi got her way and Captain Lee agreed to let his chief stew fire a distraught Frankini on episode 15, right near the end of the season.
Below Deck Season 8 Deckhand Shane Coopersmith Fired For Sleeping On The Job
Below Deck season 8 deckhand Shane Coopersmith lacked maturity and experience in the workplace. After getting caught napping and sleeping on the job by Bosun Eddie Lucas, Captain Lee fired Shane on episode 7, replacing him with a more dependable and experienced Robert Phillips.
Stew Alissa Humber Fired On Below Deck Season 10 For Disrespecting Captain Sandy
Second Stewardess Alissa Humber showed a sour attitude from the get-go of Below Deck season 10. She reveled in bossing around Third Stewardess Hayley De Sola Pinto and Deckhand-Stew Camille Lamb. She also started verbally attacking Camille in front of charter guests. Eventually Captain Sandy, who replaced an injured Captain Lee, fired Alissa on episode 13 after she talked back to her and spoke condescendingly. Captain Sandy let her know disrespect to the hierarchy wouldn’t be tolerated, terminating her contract without hesitation.
Deckhand-Stewardess Camille Lamb Fired For Not Following Orders, Laziness, & Inexperience
Deckhand Stewardess Camille Lamb acted like a diva her entire time on the show. She was more concerned with her boatmance with Ben Willoughby than keeping her job. Throughout her time on the boat she constantly complained about having to work. When asked to do work inside for Chief Steward Fraser Olender, she’d disappear to go hangout with the deck crew. Her negligence in doing her job eventually caught up with her when Captain Sandy caught on. Camille finally got fired on episode nine, and then proceeded to throw a tantrum.
The aspiring pop star was then replaced by incredibly competent deck-stew Tyler Walker on episode ten.
Below Deck Med Season 1 Deckhand Danny Zureikat Fired For Hitting On Charter Guests & Avoiding Work
Deckhand Danny Zureikat became a legend for his quick wit and incredible knack to avoid work at all costs. His sharp tongue and goofiness led to many of the charter guests becoming fast friends with him. He even inappropriately kissed a charter guest in one episode and repeatedly hit on other beautiful charter guests. To escape working on deck, Danny ingratiated himself with Chef Ben Robinson, who appreciated his slick banter.
Fans, although knowing he was terrible at his job, loved how he insulted Bosun Bryan Kattenburg and deckhand Bobby Giancola, who behaved like frat boys. In the end, Danny’s shenanigans caught up with him when Captain Mark Howard demanded to see his phone to see if he was communicating with charter guests again. Danny got the boot off superyacht Ionian Princess in Greece on episode twelve, just before the end of the charter season.
Below Deck Med Season 4 Chef Mila Kolomeitseva Fired For Terrible & Amateur Cooking
Mercurial Russian Chef Mila Kolomeitseva had an impeccable resume for a yacht chef. However, once Captain Sandy Yawn saw some of the amateur dishes coming out of the galley, it didn’t take her long to realize Mila wasn’t all she claimed to be. To make matters worse, she said homophobic comments at a crew night. She ended up ostracized from the rest of the crew.
By episode five, Captain Sandy decided to pull the plug and fire Mila. She kicked her off superyacht Sirocco, promoting Third Stewardess Anastasia Surmava as the superyacht chef. Eventually Chef Ben returned to relieve Anastasia of her duties because she wasn’t prepared to fully perform the role of superyacht chef.
Below Deck Med Season 4 Replacement Stew June Foster fired For Being Redundant & Failing To Answer Radio
Replacement stewardess June Foster replaced Anastasia in episode seven until thirteen as a stewardess. During her time aboard, she created one of the most memorable memes from the show. Chief Stewardess Hannah Ferrier nearly lost her mind trying to communicate with June over the radio. “June, June, Hannah.”
The green yachtie didn’t impress her superiors and appeared to be a slow, if not eager, learner. Unfortunately her role on the boat became redundant when Anastasia was free to return to the interior department. Captain Sandy felt bad when she let go of June and offered to give her a good reference.
Below Deck Med Season 5 Chef Kiko Let Go For Failing To Deliver Five-Star Superyacht Cuisine
Below Deck Med season 5 Chef Hindrigo “Kiko” Lorran was fired on episode ten. He was replaced by Bosun Malia White’s boyfriend Tom Checketts on episode eleven. Throughout the first half of the charter season, Kiko had some disastrous dinners he cooked, including a “Vegas” themed dinner when Captain Sandy and guests said it looked like food for a kid’s birthday party.
Eventually the heat from Captain Sandy and guests unimpressed with kind Kiko’s amateurish dishes led the chef to getting out of the kitchen. Kiko departed from superyacht The Wellington (aka The Wellesley) in Spain on episode ten.
Chief Stewardess Hannah Ferrier Fired For Bringing Drugs On Below Deck Med Season 5
Below Deck Med‘s OG Chief Stewardess Hannah Ferrier was shockingly fired on Below Deck Med season 5, episode twelve. Bosun Malia White didn’t get along with Hannah. Malia ended up telling Captain Sandy that Hannah had drugs aboard, including a pack of Valium, a vape pen, and a lighter.
Malia took photos and provided them to Captain Sandy anonymously. The bosun claimed she did it because she was afraid to lose her licensing due to Hannah not following proper protocol in declaring her prescription drugs for anxiety properly. Fans were outraged Malia snitched on Hannah. They also thought Captain Sandy should’ve bent the rules to save Hannah from being fired. Malia ended up regretting tattling and getting Hannah fired.
Christine “Bugsy” Drake was promoted to chief stewardess and Aesha Scott was brought on as Second Stewardess on episode 13.
Below Deck Med Season 5 Deckhand Peter Hunziker Fired & Edited Out Of Show For Racist Posts
Below Deck Med season 5 was a wild season for firings. Lead Deckhand Peter Hunziker finished out the charter season, but did get demoted from lead to just another deckhand. Midway through airing the show, fans found old racist social media posts made by Hunziker. Producers worked frantically to edit Peter out of the latter episodes and the Bravo network announced he was fired. Peter then publicly apologized for his past misconduct.
On top of the three firings, Third Stewardess Jessica More also could’ve been fired by Bugsy for her poor work ethic. She often got distracted from job because of her boatmance with Robert Westergard.
Stew Lexi Wilson Fired On Below Deck Med Season 6 For Threatening Violence & Drunken Arguing
Below Deck Med season 6 Stewardess Lexi Wilson had a very strong personality that created a crew mutiny against her. She repeatedly turned nasty when drinking. She also angered Chef Matthew Shea, including when she decided to take two lamb chops before service was over and inhale them. Eventually her misbehavior led to her demotion from second stewardess to stewardess on episode nine. After threatening to attack Chef Matthew on a crew day off, filled with lots of drinking, she was fired on episode thirteen.
Captain Sandy felt bad having to kick her off of superyacht Lady Michelle (aka Next Chapter), but found it necessary because Lexi alienated herself from her colleagues.
Some fans argued Chef Matthew should’ve also been fired for being creepy, also hurling insults, and at one point quitting the job.
Added Stew Delaney Evans Fired For Inability To Do The Job On Below Deck Med Season 6
Fans blasted green replacement stewardess Delaney Evans for bragging about making her speech impediment worse. Fans also found Delaney appeared to just want to be on the show to get famous, not work. Her lack of experience and hard work ethic resulted in her only making it from episode nine until episode thirteen. Chief Stewardess Katie Flood fired her instead of Captain Sandy delivering the bad news.
Bosun Raygan Tyler Fired On Below Deck Med season 7 For Incompetence
Bosun Raygan Tyler appeared more interested in her smoke breaks than leading her deck team. She also didn’t endear herself to Captain Sandy when she got wasted on the first crew night out and was severely hungover the next day before charter. She also struggled to delegate and teach her deck crew what she expected of them. A nearly disastrous docking crash was the last straw. Captain Sandy fired Raygan on episode five, kicking her off superyacht Home in Malta.
Below Deck Med season 8 Bosun Ruan Irving Fired For Fake Boating Certifications
Below Deck Med season 8 Bosun Ruan Irving supposedly quit the show, but essentially he was fired for having fake boating certifications. Captain Sandy discovered Ruan’s yachting licenses were fraudulently made. She kicked him off the boat and said he would be fired if he didn’t provide proper documents he claimed to still possess. By the second episode he announced he was “quitting”, but he was going to be fired anyway.
Deckhand Kyle Dickard Fired On Below Deck Adventure For Threatening Violence & Inappropriate Advances
Below Deck Adventure season 1 deckhand Kyle Dickard made quite the impression on fans. The wild Texan ate a baby jellyfish, inappropriately flirted and made advancements towards Stewardess Kasie Faddah, and got rip-roaring drunk the first crew night out where he hit on some Norwegian women at the bar. Charter guests mentioned Kyle’s inappropriate behavior to Captain Kerry Titheradge, who was infuriated with Kyle’s behavior.
Kyle made the captain’s decision to fire him easy, though. The hotheaded deckhand threatened to “tussle” with co-star Nathan Morley after he was asked to not pee on the toilet seat. Kyle’s antics continued outside the show, with him being one of the latest Below Deck stars to be arrested after he jumped on the field, interrupting a professional soccer match in Florida.
Tom Pearson Fired On Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 3 For Endangering Crew & Bad Attitude
Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 3’s Tom Pearson had a bad attitude from the start. Despite only having experience on motor yachts, Tom didn’t check his ego at the door when joining sailing superyacht Parsifal III. He slacked off on the job and complained about his boss Gary King behind his back. Tom had a major crush on Stewardess Ashley Marti. He let his emotions for Ashley distract him from his night watch, which turned out to be a major mistake. The superyacht started dragging anchor and Tom was oblivious for some time. By the time he noticed and awoke Captain Glenn Shephard, the boat was hitting the ocean floor.
The crew ended up incredibly lucky that no rocks severely damaged the ship. But it was a close call. Instead of being profusely apologetic about his major screwup, Tom became defensive. He also continued to slack off on the job, leading Captain Glenn to lose all trust in the Brit. Captain Glenn sent him packing from Spain.
BDDU Season 1 Chef Ryan McKeown Fired For Insubordination, Bad Attitude & Subpar Food
Chef Ryan McKeown had a mercurial temper as soon as he arrived on superyacht Thalassa (aka Keri Lee III) in Australia. He constantly strived to do the bare minimum for charter guests’ meals. Chief Stewardess Aesha Scott and him constantly argued because he wouldn’t cater to charter guests’ requests. Captain Jason Chambers also noticed his piss poor attitude and began looking for other chefs. Captain Jason also started to intervene in the galley, requesting Chef Ryan step up his game. Instead, Chef Ryan talked back to the captain and continued to cook whatever he felt like making.
Finally, Captain Jason fired Chef Ryan on episode fourteen and replaced him with Chef Nate Post to finish out the Below Deck Down Under season 1 charter season.
Third Stew Magda Ziomek Fired On BDDU Season 1 For Always Being On Her Phone & Slowness
Third Stewardess Magda Ziomek, despite relentlessly flirting with Chef Ryan and Bosun Jamie Sayed, still incessantly texted her boyfriend back home during charters. She also didn’t work very hard to learn all of the tasks expected of her on service and housekeeping. She acted like a diva and drove Chief Stew Aesha nearly mad. Captain Jason eventually fired her on episode 14, too, and she was replaced by Taylor Dennison.
BDDU Season 2 Bosun Luke Jones Fired For Sexual Misconduct
Bosun Luke Jones acted extremely cocky as the leader of the deck team. On the first crew night out he aggressively kissed Stewardess Margot Sisson. He then proceeded to fool around with Second Stewardess Laura Bileskaline before treating her like dirt. Midway through the charter season, Luke got extremely drunk and started to pursue Margot again. After she passed out on her bunk, Luke, butt naked, decided to jump in bed with her. Production intervened due to his sexual misconduct.
Aesha then went and woke up Captain Jason, who immediately jumped into action, sending Luke to a hotel for the night. He then had a crew meeting where he addressed the highly inappropriate sexual misconduct and fired Luke the next morning on episode seven. Then Captain Jason hired former Below Deck Med star Joao Franco as Superyacht Northern Sun‘s second officer.
Laura Bileskaline Was Fired For Questioning Captain Jason’s Decision & Disrespecting Boundaries
Below Deck Down Under season 2 Second Stew Laura Bileskaline acted wildly inappropriate towards Deckhand Adam Kodra. She kept pursuing a romantic relationship with Adam, despite him repeatedly rebuffing her advances. She inappropriately tried to get physical with him repeatedly, even going into his cabin and not respecting his boundaries.
Laura ended up fired on episode seven, shortly after Luke’s firing, because she dismissed Margot’s concerns about Luke’s advances when she was incapacitated. She also questioned Captain Jason’s decision to fire Luke. Captain Jason couldn’t let Laura get away with undermining and questioning his correct decision to fire Luke, so he swiftly fired her. Yachtie Jaimee Neale joined the crew as her replacement on episode nine.
BDDU Season 2 Deckhand Adam Kodra Fired For Anchor Blunder & Inexperience
Another firing that was controversial with the fanbase, sweetheart Deckhand Adam Kodra struggled to learn the ropes of superyachting. All his previous experience involved working on commercial vessels. He also revealed he didn’t know how to swim, was afraid of the water, and regularly gets seasick. During a docking, Adam struggled with one of the lines, which resulted in the boat crashing with the dock, causing paint damage to superyacht Northern Sun. To make matters worse, early on during the next charter, Adam made a grave mistake by releasing the anchor while the boat was underway.
He risked the anchor catching possibly damaging the boat yet again, or injuring or killing crew members and charter guests. Despite Captain Jason and the crew liking Adam, he decided to fire him. Adam’s lack of experience had jeopardized the crew one too many times. Captain Jason hired Lead Deckhand Luka Brunton to replace Adam on the deck team.
Will Lily Davison & Max Salvador Get Fired On Below Deck Med Season 8?
Replacement Stewardess Lily Davison hasn’t learned much since joining the crew after Natalya Scudder quit. She hasn’t figured out how to do the laundry or how to make a bed properly after two charters. Furthermore, she got extremely intoxicated on her first crew night out. The next day, she was throwing up all morning and was several hours late for work. She only started to pitch in after Captain Sandy went down and chewed her out. Signs point to Lily getting fired and becoming the 27th Below Deck cast member to be fired on the show.
Although Max Salvador turned around his season after his deck co-stars found him lazy, his attitude went downhill again. The Frenchman informed Captain Sandy he intended to quit the charter season early because he wasn’t feeling the vibe. Despite Lily helping raise his spirits, previews show him getting in trouble with Captain Sandy. She calls him out for being dishonest, and instead of admitting his mistake, he refuses to apologize. One of these two likely gets fired on Below Deck Med Season 8.
Other Firings Likely Occurred On Future Below Deck Seasons
Bravo announced at BravoCon 2023 in November that news seasons of Below Deck will air in 2024. Below Deck season 11, Below Deck Sailing Yacht season 5, Below Deck Down Under season 3, and Below Deck Med season 9 will all come out throughout the next year or so and have already been filmed. So, other crew members undoubtedly got fired on some of these seasons, and we’ll return to this comprehensive list to add them.