‘Below Deck Med’: Hannah Ferrier’s Departure May Mark a Historic Moment for the Franchise
Viewers are waiting to learn Ferrier’s fate during episode 11, which aired on August 10. Bosun Malia White shared a photo of Ferrier’s prescription valium and CBD pen with Captain Sandy Yawn.The episode ended with Yawn confronting Ferrier about the medication.
Ferrier likely leaves as Yawn hinted she “let the stew go” in an Instagram Live. “I did not let the stew go because of drugs,” she said. “I let the stew go because I had to make a critical decision which protects the vessel, the owner of the vessel, and my license.”
“I no longer felt I could trust that crew member,” she added.
Chief stew Kate Chastain almost quit mid-season
Chief stew Kate Chastain from Below Deck announced her retirement after the season 7 reunion. But she also almost quit mid-season after relentless verbal and almost physical attacks from male crew members.
Chastain gathered her belongings after an explosive night on the town and insisted she was quitting. She told producers to turn over her passport and then warned the crew to stop following her as she marched down the dock.
Chastain later returned to the boat and finished the season. “I went off into the Thailand night,” she told ET. Adding, “I was just frustrated. It was close quarters, and it was towards the end of the season and, in that moment, it was just kind of one of those, ‘Eff you, eff you, you’re cool, I’m out’ [moments].”
This might be the first time a chief stew is fired (or officially quits) ‘Below Deck Med’
If Ferrier doesn’t return, the franchise will hit a turning point as two veteran cast members will not be coming back. The Below Deck formula hinged on two constants: the captain and the chief stew. Both chief stews have a significant fan base, so the coming seasons will likely see casting changes.
With the exception of the captain, nearly every featured position has had a crew shakeup. Thus far, the franchise includes three fired chefs. This includes chef Mila Kolomeitseva and chef Hindrigo “Kiko” Lorran from Below Deck Med. Chef Leon Walker is the only chef to be fired on Below Deck.
The show has had its share of other higher-ranking shakeups too. Bosun Chandler Brooks from Below Deck Season 6 was fired. Plus, second engineer/deckhand Don Abenante abruptly quit during Below Deck Season 3. Second engineer C.J. LeBeau also jumped ship before the last charter on Below Deck Season 1.
Two high-ranking positions were also recast, although the actions were not televised. Yawn replaced Captain Mark Howard on Below Deck Med. Chastain replaced chief stew Adrienne Gang on Below Deck.