Just months after Kate Chastain announced she was leaving the original series, Below Deck, after starring on the show for six years, Hannah is walking away from what she’s referred to as a “young people’s game” as her co-star and on-screen nemesis, Captain Sandy Yawn, questions the legitimacy of her sudden decision.
“I think I’m probably done,” Hannah told Entertainment Tonight during a June 1 video chat. “I learned when I first started yachting in my very early 20s, you know, I would see these women who were in their late 30s, 40s, sitting at a bar, getting wasted with 20-year-olds living in a tiny cabin, and I was like, I don’t want [that]. I want this to be a good, fun, enriching experience that allows me to travel a lot, but I don’t want to get to the stage where I’m locked into yachting and there’s nothing else in my life except that.”
“It’s a bit different if you’re captain, but as a chief stew? They just don’t seem like very happy people to me,” she added.
According to Hannah, she decided to quit her role on the show ahead of production on season five. However, to ensure she was making the right decision, she opted for one final go-around.
“With yachting, you really have to be done-done with it before you can properly walk away, otherwise you’re constantly questioning yourself about, did I do the right thing? Should I have done one more season?” she shared. “I think probably a part of me knew that before going into this season.”
At the end of Below Deck: Med season four, Hannah and Captain Sandy were at odds with Sandy claiming Hannah is not passionate about yachting. Today, not much has changed.
“She’s said that every season,” Sandy told the outlet of Hannah’s decision to leave the show on a separate video chat. “Do you know how many crews say that? Everyone at the end of the season.”
In response to Sandy’s claim about her lack of passion for the industry, Hannah admitted that she’s not exactly thrilled with the technical aspect of boats. Instead, her passion lies in customer service.
“She said that I wasn’t passionate about yachting, which is a difficult one to tackle because I’m not passionate about boats and machines and anchor watches and how things work on boats,” Hannah clarifies. “I am very passionate about making sure that the guests have a good time and that they’re never wanting for anything, and I believe I do that.”
While the season five trailer hinted at a potential firing with Sandy telling Hannah, “I could’ve fired you a long time ago,” it is not yet clear if Hannah was actually axed.
Below Deck: Mediterranean season five airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
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