After sharing a controversial kiss with a charter guest, Kyle Viljoen was questioned by certain fans of Below Deck Mediterranean. Getting physical with guests is usually a no-no on the franchise, although many viewers were rooting for the romance (which was showcased throughout the charter).
The kiss with charter guest Frank Fay took place once the trip was over, making the issue a gray area. Recently, however, deckhand Courtney Veale expressed surprise in seeing the PDA.
In an interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Courtney said she wasn’t certain about the rules.
“In the past, I’ve always thought kind of guests were off limits,” she said. “But then again, obviously, you don’t usually see guests after the trip.”
The star added, “So I’ve never really known the rules for afterward. I mean, they did wait until afterward, which is good I think. And I think the only issue with that whole thing was when work was being kind of sacrificed. But that wasn’t just Kyle, that was a couple of different situations.”
She also shared that Captain Sandy Yawn gave the “green light” because the charter had concluded. “Like, always follow your heart,” Courtney remembered. “If you have a connection you can’t just let it go. So I think he kind of got the green light and it wasn’t on the boat.”
“So it wasn’t going to affect him in the workplace afterward,” she continued. “I mean, honestly, it was just a surreal event to us as it was all happening … Raining, we were all in the taxi and yeah, it really seemed like it was a little crazy. I don’t think I’ve ever gone out with charter guests after the trip. That was pretty cool.”
Captain Sandy previously explained to Us Weekly, “What they do once they are off the vessel in their personal lives is their personal decision… So, if they want to hook up with clients after they’re signed off the vessel, go for it… I’m all about love. I found love. I want everybody to have love, but you can’t do it in a professional setting.”
Below Deck Mediterranean is currently airing Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST on Bravo.