As Captain Lee Rosbach addressed the topic of tips and season seven’s Rhylee Gerber on Twitter, Sean revealed the whopping amount of money he and his co-stars, aka his crewmates, have been paid over the years.
“I had junior stews on that boat, this is back in 2006, making like $200,000 a year,” Sean revealed to Showbiz Cheat Sheet on November 2. “And most of that was in tips. We killed it on that boat.”
“So that’s why when these guys talk about tips like I chuckle to myself because it’s like you guys don’t freaking know what real tips are,” he said.
According to Sean, the biggest tip he received was an impressive $82,000.
“Biggest tip I ever got was $82,000 for a 10-day charter that cost $150,000. Like if I don’t pull 20%, I did something wrong,” he explained.
“Some cases even more,” he said.
As for Captain Lee, he has said that everyone on the boats receives tips, including the captains, and earlier this month, after a fan on Twitter wanted to know if Sean received a tip for season nine even though he didn’t charter the entire trip, Captain Lee confirmed he received half of his.
“No he didn’t, I gave half of my tip to him. He earned it,” Lee explained.
“Everyone on board gets tipped even the crew of which there may be up to 3 get tipped. Everyone shares,” he also revealed.
Last year, amid Below Deck season eight, Captain Lee was asked if he receives any portion of the guests’ tips.
“I do indeed share,” Rosbach replied. “We all do, even the crew you don’t see.”
“Rhylee didn’t get a part of the tip because she wasn’t even on board a full 24 hrs of the charter,” he tweeted in response to a fan question. “Tanner got sick while working and I didn’t need him infecting everyone. I told her that n she still agreed to it, no one stood up for her more than I did. Won’t comment again on this.”
Rhylee previously voiced frustrations over the tip Tanner Sterback received despite the fact that he hadn’t worked at all during one particular episode.
“I see the episode prior where Tanner’s out,” she said on the Side Piece with Melissa Pfeister podcast. “Because he has a severe case of diarrhea and is sent to his cabin. [Rosbach is] like, ‘Here’s a full cut of tips.’ Even he sat out the whole f-cking charter. And Tanner was like, ‘Oh no, I can’t accept it.’ And Lee says, ‘I wouldn’t have it any other way.’ Literally on f-cking camera.”
Below Deck season nine is currently airing on Mondays at 9/8c on Bravo.
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