‘Below Deck’: Was Rhylee Gerber Nervous Kate Chastain Wasn’t Going to Return After She Quit?

Rhylee Gerber was there to offer support to Kate Chastain from Below Deck when she rushed off the boat in the middle of the night. The chief stew just encountered a vicious attack from Ashton Pienaar and fled because she no longer felt safe.

Kate Chastain, Rhylee Gerber, Courtney Skippon
Kate Chastain, Rhylee Gerber, Courtney Skippon | Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

At the time she told the crew she was quitting. She threw clothes in a bag and told producers to hand over her passport because she was done. Gerber was by Chastain’s side the entire time, trying to soothe her and encourage her to perhaps talk to Captain Lee Rosbach first. Unfortunately, Chastain was so upset she just wanted off Valor and warned producers to stop following her as she stormed off into the night.

Gerber returned to share with Pienaar that Chastain indeed left. At the time the crew didn’t seem too worried she would not return, but later wondered how they would pull off the next charter without the chief stew. Gerber, who worked with Chastain last season, shared she was especially concerned about a charter without the chief stew.

Chastain is not easily replaced

Although the crew has said everyone is replaceable, Gerber doesn’t think that’s the case with Chastain. She told OK Magazine she was concerned about losing Chastain because she is exceptional at her job. “I was very nervous that Kate wasn’t coming back to the boat,” Gerber says. “Because she is a huge part, an integral part, as to why it does run smoothly for the charter guests.”

Gerber adds, “She’s not easily replaced. In that, she’s very well-versed in her job and she knows the in’s and out’s of everything. And it’s not like getting another deckhand. It is a huge position.”

Also, it is a position that Gerber says should come with a lot of respect. “I think that she reached her boiling point, and rightly so,” she says. “And she was able to get a taste of what I had been getting last season and some of this season.” From the minute Gerber stepped foot on Valor, cameras caught Pienaar bad-mouthing her skills and temperament to the rest of the crew.

She told Decider she regrets holding back this season. “I actually tried to tone it down a little bit with how I reacted, which I shouldn’t have done,” she admitted. “Maybe it doesn’t come across that way, but I was trying to be way calmer and I don’t think that was the right move because it made me very quiet. I cry this season and I let things get to me. I just should practice better patience but other than that, you know, I’ll still be just as vocal as I always am.” 

Gerber says the deck crew became a ‘boys club’

Gerber observed that Chastain also took on the brunt of Pienaar’s angst. “And Ashton is head of the boys club,” Gerber remarked to OK. “So they’re gonna fall in line with what he thinks.”

“The problem I have with a lot of people, whether it’s on the show or in life, is that people forget they have their own thought process,” she adds. “You can have your own individual line of thought and not agree with the flow of traffic.”

While Gerber doesn’t think deckhand Brian de Saint Pern is as heavily influenced by Pienaar, she wondered why he came out with the comment about Chastain being a bitch without hearing it elsewhere. “Because I don’t think she was rude to him,” Gerber says.