cceceWhile there were dozens of on- and off-screen surprises for Below Deck fans in 2022, certain cast members’ actions across the franchise stood out as particularly shocking. Since the original Below Deck series premiere in 2013, the franchise has grown dramatically with equally popular spin-offs such as Below Deck Mediterranean, Below Deck Sailing Yacht, Below Deck Down Under, and Bravo’s newest expansion, Below Deck Adventure. Below Deck, like Bravo’s other reality shows, has a lot of drama, but it also has a lot of fans because of its in-depth look at the expensive, but rarely discussed on television, yachting industry.
The Below Deck franchise had a busy year, with many spin-offs and cast members. Below Deck Adventure premiered in early November with an all-new crew, while Below Deck Mediterranean season 7 and Below Deck season 10 concluded and began at the end of November. Although several Below Deck franchise stars stood out in 2022 for their work ethic or lovable personality, others who demonstrat shocking behavior onboard and in real life were criticize, condemne, or even fired.
3. Natasha Webb (Below Deck Med Season 7)
When Below Deck Med season 7 premiered in July, viewers were eager to meet Captain Sandy Yawn’s new crew, which included Chef Dave White and chief steward Natasha Webb. Below Deck, Med fans grew tired of Natasha’s treatment of Dave, who revealed that he dated Natasha before they are to cast on the show.
Natasha and Dave’s complicated relationship irritated viewers. Still, Below Deck Med fans, such as Reddit user u/Beachgirl8thst, were particularly surprise by Natasha’s hot-and-cold behavior toward Dave and her obvious attempts to keep their relationship secret. “You know it’s poor when Captain Sandy, aside from Mzi and Courtney, is the most pleasant character,” one Below Deck Med fan said on Reddit.
2. Below Deck Adventure’s Kyle Dickard
While Captain Kerry Titheradge and the crew are generally pleasant to viewers of Below Deck Adventure, short-lived deckhand Kyle Dickard’s controversial behavior stood out like a sore thumb. Kyle established himself as Below Deck’s worst deckhand before being forced to resign due to inappropriate behavior in front of charter guests and threats directed at Nathan Mobley.
Even though Kyle’s early exit should have been the last time fans saw him, Kyle is to arrest in late November after storming a soccer game. Kyle post the incident on Instagram, which is too quickly repost by Reddit user u/wheelerin, and while Below Deck Adventure fans weren’t expecting Kyle’s arrest, they weren’t surprise. “I didn’t like [Kyle], but I thought he handled his “resignation” well. Then he does stupid stuff like this, and I’m remind of his stupidity “One Reddit user ponder.
1. Rachel Hargrove from Seasons 8-10 of Below Deck
Although Kyle’s dubious behavior piqued viewers’ interest, chef Rachel Hargrove’s erratic social media posts propelled her to the top of the Below Deck franchise in 2022. While Rachel redeemed herself on Below Deck season 9, a summer encounter with Southern Charm star Austen Kroll set in motion a chain of events that resulted in Rachel quickly severing her relations with Below Deck and Bravo. Despite her current appearance on Below Deck season 10, Rachel has repeatedly slammed the franchise in recent months, including one Facebook post captured by Reddit user u/get Lizzy. While Rachel is the most shocking Below Deck cast member in 2022, only time will tell if they will pass on the title in 2023.