Kate Chastain From ‘Below Deck’ Slams the Crew for Icing out Rhylee Gerber
Gerber was already isolated from the rest of the deck team but then the crew pulls a move that can only be compared to what is seen in high school. As the team grabs lunch in the crew mess, Gerber lingers by the sink quietly asking the crew if they need anything. No one responds so she grabs her plate and tries to sit down in the small seating area. Unfortunately, it is at maximum capacity.
She asks for someone to move over and they continue to ignore her. Deckhand Tanner Sterback smirks as she stands nearby. Finally, stews Courtney Skippon and Simone Mashile begin to move over but Gerber has reached her breaking point. Appearing defeated, she goes into her room to eat alone.
Kate Chastain is horrified
One crew member not present at the time was chief stew Kate Chastain. Chastain is heard in the background telling her stews to grab lunch, but it is clear she does not join them. Apparently, Chastain wasn’t aware of what was occurring because she tweeted about the moment during the episode.
“It is SHOCKING to see that the crew were not making room for @rhylee_gerber at the crew mess table. If I had been there they all would have been dismissed for that #BelowDeck,” she remarked. Even though Skippon and Mashile were present, they were both smashed into the middle of the crew mess booth.
Skippon also regrets not realizing what was occurring too. “I honestly had no clue what the f**k was going on,” she admitted on the Twitter thread. Skippon then tweeted, “I’m sure @SimoneMashile & I both wish we had been more vocal abt this! We don’t see anything that happens on deck, so I had no idea what @rhylee_gerber had been dealing with. The situation becomes a lot more saturated w. context. We need a boys table & a girls table, apparently.” Skippon added, “It didn’t exactly pop into my head: ‘they’re not letting her sit down” cause like, what??????'”
The deck team roll their eyes at the situation
Bosun Ashton Pienaar and other crew members weighed in on the moment in the Below Deck After Show. Pienaar insists that he was unaware that there was a problem. “Tanner [Sterback] didn’t react immediately, and within two seconds, she went and ate somewhere else. It was pathetic. It was so uncalled for.” He then insisted that everyone couldn’t figure out what just happened.
But Gerber certainly felt the sting. “It’s like Mean Girls, it’s like, ‘Can’t sit here!’ So what am I gonna do? Am I gonna shove them out of the way,” she asks while laughing. “Or am I gonna go enjoy my own company? I mean, I don’t enjoy being alone in my own company in this instance, but I’d rather eat alone on the f**king s**tter than eat with these guys.”
Sterback and deckhand Brian de Saint Pern then laugh when asked about the moment. “Let’s all clear this up,” Sterback begins. “This is just the nicest thing that Courtney and Simone got to see what the deck crew dealt with every f**king day.” Both deckhands insist Gerber was in the wrong in this instance.