‘Below Deck’: Some of the Bru-Crew Goes on an Apology Tour

As the season comes to an end two of the deckhands embroiled in the Below Deck drama have apologized for their behavior on the show. The season began with promise as Bravo touted the crew as being the hottest to date.

While the crew was attractive, some of the actions coming from the men on the boat were not. Fans were aghast at the misogynistic comments and behaviors coming from the deck team, which also included chef Kevin Dobson. Dobson began the season at war with chief stew Kate Chastain. However, the deck team joined in when bosun Ashton Pienaar not only made derogatory comments about Chastain but also deckhand Rhylee Gerber.

Courtney Skippon, Brian de Saint Pern, Kevin Dobson, Tanner Sterback
Courtney Skippon, Brian de Saint Pern, Kevin Dobson, Tanner Sterback | Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Captain Lee Rosbach vowed to never work with Pienaar after seeing him in action this season. While Pienaar has apologized, the crew and fans note a lack of sincerity in his delivery. Although the deck team and Dobson have been dragged on social media, two of the deckhands are apologizing on Instagram.

He’s apologized a few times on social media

Deckhand Brian de Saint Pern has issued a few apologies on Twitter. He said he regretted calling Chastain a bitch after she referred to him as a yachtie. Plus, he scrambled to explain his position when it appeared he “broke up” with stew Courtney Skippon via text message.

On the day of the finale, de Saint Pern wrote a message of contrition. “So this is it… THE SEASON FINALE! What can I say….. what an amazing experience – The good as well as the bad🙂,” he shared along with a photo. “Of course I would of done some things differently but you must remember this is my first season of Below Deck and it was a MASSIVE learning curve for sure.”

He then apologized to anyone who he hurt in the process. “For those that were hurt in any sort of way, I am so sorry as it was not my intension and I mean that from the bottom of my heart…..💔 And for those that supported me, THANK YOU SO MUCH, I WILL NEVER FORGET IT ❤️ YOU ARE ALL AMAZING. untill next time……” 

Tanner Sterback joined de Saint Pern in apologizing

Deckhand Tanner Sterback also posted a message of apology. He claimed that youth and a learning curve may have been to blame. “Well let’s wrap this wild adventure up shall we,” he began along with a photo sitting in front of a lit-up Valor sign.

“Such an incredible experience to be on this season of Below Deck and making it until the end! It is something I won’t forget or ever take for granted. To all of those who were affected by my actions I truly apologize as this was such a wild learning curve and in no way was it my desired result to cause harm or bring anger in anyone, I am still young and am always learning to better myself and those around me. I love being able to cross this off my bucket list and have a new appreciation for those closest to me.”

He then thanked his haters and supporters before giving a plug to Below Deck Sailing Yacht. “Thank you to all the haters for making me a stronger person and my supporters for sharing their great energy. It was a beautiful ebb and flow of emotions. Hope you all enjoy the finale tonight at 9/8c only on @bravotv and be sure to check out the new series #BelowDeckSailing Much love to you all and of course GVO. Yeewwww 🤙🤙.”

The Below Deck reunion airs on Bravo on February 10.