“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, I have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new land based role,” The veteran chief stewardess announced on Instagram.“I intend to step back as a senior member of the Below Deck Family and work to become financially independent while continuing to fully support His Majesty Andy Cohen.”
Kate Chastain’s announced her departure after part two of the Season 7 reunion aired Monday.
Kate Chastain joined the cast in Season 2 and served as the crew’s chief stew..
The veteran reality star was known for bringing the drama on camera, but recently admitted that filming Season 7 was particularly challenging.
“Personally, this has been a very challenging season for me. I’m going to go spend a week alone in a resort and relax. Then, head back to Florida, pack up my life, and move to New York,” she shared in an interview at the end of an episode earlier this season. “I’m scared to move to New York, but I was also scared to start yachting, and I think I’m ready for a new adventure.”
Kate Chastain quit after feuding with costar, Ashton Pienaar. She walked off the boat only to return the following day.
“I quit that night because I just needed to get off the boat and away from the situation,” Kate told The Daily Dish prior to the Below Deck Season 7 reunion. “But of course I came back because I would never leave my crew or Captain Lee without a chief stew for the rest of the season.”
Kate Chastain’s dark side emerged during season 6 when she was accused of mentally torturing and bullying her former Below Deck costar, Caroline Bedol. A production source confirmed to AllAboutTheTEA.com that upon Caroline Bedol’s exit, she was shamed and berated for quitting over a Herpes outbreak. Read the horrific details here.
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