Below Deck stars Eddie Lucas and Captain Lee blasted the ‘appalling’ antics of some season seven cast members, ahead of the new episodes.
The latest series of the reality show sparked intense backlash from viewers over the ‘toxic’ behaviour of deck hands Ashton Pienaar, Tanner Sterback and Brian de Saint Pern, as well as chef Kevin Dobson – dubbed the ‘bru crew’.
In one shocking scene, bosun Ashton appeared to punch a window during a heated argument with Kate Chastain after a night out.
His pals defended his actions at the time – with all four eventually apologising for their behaviour during a heated reunion.
Chatting to Metro.co.uk about the scenes, returning bosun Eddie insisted none of that behaviour would fly on his deck.
When asked if he would have taken steps to make sure everyone was behaving correctly on board, the 35-year-old said: ‘Yeah, absolutely. A lot of what I’ve seen… I haven’t watched all the seasons, but I definitely caught up on a few of them, and a lot of what I’ve seen is absolutely not okay behaviour.
‘If I even saw an inkling of it, I would shut it down immediately. I would be very adamant that everybody is due respect that they earned and that they deserved.
‘That’s super, super important to me.’
At various points of season seven, the female stars – including Kate, Courtney Skippon and Rhylee Gerber – were left in tears by the actions of their male counterparts.
While Kate did eventually get her revenge on chef Kevin, after weeks of being patronised, fans were still left with a bad taste in their mouths over the episodes.
Captain Lee discussed the scenes in the controversial reunion, insisting that no one had come to him at the time, stating he only became aware when watching the Bravo show afterwards.
‘I was actually quite appalled by their behaviour,’ he told us. ‘I found it extremely distasteful and I let everyone know immediately this year what I expected.
‘And if I even caught a hint of that type of behaviour happening, somebody’s ass would belong to me.’
The trailer for season eight showed that show will definitely be a little lighter than the dramatic moments we’ve seen in the past.
A lot of this is down to Eddie’s return and, while he definitely had a controversial exit at the end of the third series, fans are thrilled to have him back.
The bosun lifted the lid on his comeback, joking about the huge age gap between himself and his co-stars.
‘There was a pretty large age difference between myself and the crew, or myself and my deck hands at least,’ he said.
‘It was difficult at times because I don’t really hang out with that age group in my personal life. I don’t really understand their mindset or the lingo.
‘I don’t know what on fleek means or whatever else these kids are saying nowadays.
‘But they have great energy and it’s super high. Also the age difference that we have, I think it helps them look at me in maybe a different light, that they understand that I have a lot of experience.’
‘And they respect their elders,’ he laughed.
All seasons and every episode of Below Deck (including the new season 8) will be available to stream and download in the UK from November 3.
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