Below Deck star Captain Lee Rosbach spoke out about the n-word controversy. In a previous episode, chief stew Heather Chase said the racial slur more than once. During those times, she said it while in the presence of deckhand Rayna Lindsey. Heather has since apologized on social media and on the show.
However, it took her some time. At first, she denied saying the n-word. Then, she broke down and cried after she realized it happened. Lee recently took to his blog to share his thoughts. He also revealed whose side he’s on amid the ongoing drama.
Captain Lee says Heather Chase’s apology was “sincere”
In last week’s episode of Below Deck, Heather apologized to Rayna for saying the n-word. The two had a heart-to-heart conversation. Rayna even told Heather that she accepted her apology. At the time, it seemed like they were on the same page. Rayna and Heather hugged, making it seem like they were on better terms.
Things changed later on in the episode. Rayna told stew Fraser Olender that she did not accept Heather’s apology. She feels that the chief stew should’ve apologized to her sooner. The reality star said that she didn’t find Heather’s apology sincere. In fact, she still finds her apology “fake as hell.”
Heather felt like they turned a new page. She was grateful that Rayna accepted her apology. Captain Lee took to his weekly blog to share his thoughts on the previous episode. He sided with Heather during the drama.
“Heather, your apology to Rayna seemed sincere. You learned the hard way words like those have no place on a yacht or anywhere else for that matter,” Lee wrote. “I hope you take the opportunity to do better in the future.”
Lee agreed that the n-word should not be uttered, especially in the workplace. He hopes that Heather will learn from her mistakes and improve. Lee also used the opportunity to call out Rayna for her contradicting behavior. She admitted on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen that she was contradictory because she didn’t want to cause a scene on the show.
Below Deck star calls out Rayna Lindsey
Lee had some stern words for Rayna. At first, he slammed her for sleeping overtime, which was shown in that super-sized episode. He also didn’t understand why Rayna said she accepted Heather’s apology when she later admitted she didn’t. However, Lee said he empathized with Rayna’s feelings.
“Rayna, you were rightfully offended. I don’t condone that term in any situation, and no-one should ever feel discriminated against where they work,” Lee continued. “But you seemed to accept Heather’s apology to her face, then spoke to other people about it behind her back.”
The yacht captain didn’t understand why no one brought it up to him. Lee would’ve nipped the situation in the bud. Rayna has teased that Season 9 will end abruptly. However, she didn’t reveal how. She is not happy with the way that her fellow cast members and producers handled the situation.
Meanwhile, Eddie Lucas placed the blame on producers. He claims that he tried to get Heather fired. Fans are also calling for her firing. Below Deck Season 9 airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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