‘Below Deck’: Kate Chastain Says Viewing Season 8 Is Like Running Into an Ex

Upon seeing the trailer for Below Deck Season 8, former chief stew Kate Chastain likened viewing the nautical docudrama to running into an ex.

Chastain retired from the show after serving as the chief stew for six seasons. Although she hasn’t left Bravo and recently announced her new late-night talk show, Chat Room, there’s a special place in her heart for Below Deck.

Kate Chastain
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“It does feel like seeing my ex,” she told Decider. “But it’s like, even when you break up with somebody, even if you don’t want to be with them anymore — you still don’t want them to like their new girlfriend better.”

“You want them to always be like, the one that got away!” she continued. “But of course, I’m excited to see the new season. I only wish the best. I can’t wait to see how Captain Lee [Rosbach] handled it in my absence.” She joked, “I need to know who brought him his Cheerios and how his pants were ironed.”

Captain Lee seems to be very hands-on this season

Captain Lee Rosbach considered Chastain to be his right hand on the boat. He implicitly trusted Chastain to handle just about any situation, which allowed him to be less of a hands-on captain.

But without Chastain by his side, the trailer points to Rosbach interacting with the crew and guests more than ever. He’s on deck grabbing lines from deckhands and sees how some of his team may not be up to par. “Did I look like I was over here,” he barked at the deckhand in the tender below.

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He also may have missed Chastain as another clip shows new chief stew Francesca Rubi crying. “There’s no crying in yachting,” Rosbach said in a confessional. 

However, Rosbach has three familiar elements this season. The series returns to the Caribbean and he’s at the helm of My Seanna from season 6. Bosun Eddie Lucas also returns after five seasons.

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Chastain forged lasting friendships with several crew members from the show. She keeps in touch with chef Ben Robinson and deckhand Connie Arias. Plus she has kept the banter going with second stew Coutrney Skippon and deckhand Rhylee Gerber.

“The really funny friendship is between Courtney [Skippon], myself, and then Rhylee [Gerber] thrown in there,” she said told Decider. “I feel like I’m the happy medium between the two opposites: Rhylee and Courtney.”

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Chastain said she appreciates Skippon’s quick wit. “I don’t like to repeat it a lot but I think she’s way funnier than I am, honestly,” she said. “And she’s so gorgeous that you don’t see it coming. She’s a sneak attack.”

“Courtney’s pretty darn perfect,” Chastain added. “Her moral compass is so on-point. She’s the sanest person ever. It’s refreshing. It’s not something I’m used to finding in Below Deck cast members. I don’t know how she snuck in there, but we’re glad she did.”