More secrets about Below Deck are trickling out. Viewers are curious to know if the series is as real as it gets. There has been speculation about the show over the years. Some fans claim the show manufactures the drama.
There have also been former crew members who claim that production had a hand in the drama that went on. This has brought up a debate about the Bravo show. Read on to learn more and to see production manufacturers the drama.
Is the Bravo show scripted?
In an interview with Us Weekly, longtime Below Deck producer Mark Cronin talked about the speculation that it’s scripted. He claims they don’t manufacture the shows. Basically, what you see is what you get. Production can’t get involved when it comes to what happens on the boat.
“These are Yachtys, they’re real kids. And it’s very important to us that they have a real experience, a real yachting experience,” Mark told Us Weekly. “The way we look at it is we have a six-week shoot and we have to capture everything that happens.”
He explained that they don’t tell the crew members what to do. They just film them throughout the boat. The only time that production will step in is if two crew members aren’t speaking or the conversation is dull.
“The most common thing is the, like, you’ll have two stews making a bed and they’re in total silence,” Mark explained. “So, we’ll go to the cameraman and say, ‘Guys how about a conversation?’ And then we’ll leave.”
Many crew members have been fired from Below Deck. However, it’s not always as easy to find a replacement. Since they’re filming at sea, it’s not always easy to find a new bosun or chef. Some roles aren’t easy to replace as others.
What do the Below Deck stars make?
As TV Shows Ace previously reported, Eddie Lucas is not returning to Season 10 of Below Deck. He claimed that the producers passed on him. The former bosun also revealed that cast members don’t get fair wages. However, Mark claims they make more than that.
“They get paid their yachting salary and then we give them a little extra because we interview them. The truth is they also get to keep their tips,” Mark explained. “And the tips are getting better and better. So they’re all making. I don’t know, tens of thousands more for six weeks of work. I mean that’s pretty great.”
What are your thoughts? Do you think Below Deck is scripted? What do you think about their salaries? Sound off below in the comment section.
Below Deck is currently on hiatus. New episodes of Below Deck Med Season 7 air on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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