Eddie Lucas will not be returning to Below Deck and had plenty to say about the network that made him famous, on his way out the door. The former bosun spoke to the New York Post on May 11 and dissed the network for allegedly disrespecting and underpaying cast members.
“I was not invited back to do another season,” the former Bravo star told the outlet. “I actually didn’t even get a phone call from them saying they hired someone else — which kind of goes to show what the production entails. Everyone on Below Deck is expendable.”
Eddie, 37, also sounded off about his other issues with the network, including his seemingly subpar past paychecks.
“There is somebody monetizing off of the show, but it’s definitely not us,” he claimed. “Below Deck — regardless of it being the most popular show on Bravo — we are the lowest-paid cast members.”
The ex-reality star added—“While we do get paid better than a normal yachtie, of course, we are still not getting paid what people like the Housewives are making, which is a little frustrating, because they’re not really working — they’re just going out to dinner and fighting.”
Eddie made sure to add that despite his grievances with Bravo, he would be willing to return to the reality show in the future.
Eddie appeared on Below Deck from 2013-2015. He returned to work under Captain Lee Rosbach for Seasons 8-9. Executive producer, Courtland Cox, previously spoke about how Eddie’s return could serve as a support to Captain Lee after the Below Deck veteran revealed that his only child had passed away.
“On the heels of this incredibly awful tragedy that Lee and Mary Anne suffered to be able to have someone familiar like Eddie come back when he has been like a son to Lee, it got magnified into this kind of amazing but awful coincidence,” Cox said during an interview with Vanity Fair, in August 2020. “While you’re seeing what Lee went through and seeing what Eddie meant to him, it really puts it in perspective how you’re making a TV show with real human stakes.”
Eddie became embroiled in controversy during Season 9 after chief stew, Heather Chase, used the N-word on camera. Heather made the remark during an exchange with deckhand, Rayna Lindsey. Heather apologized for her behavior but the subject remained a point of contention for the remainder of the season.
Rayna informed Eddie of the incident, and he was later accused of not confronting the underlying issue.
“I mean, I was told on numerous occasions to not talk about it and not bring it up anymore,” Eddie claimed, in December 2021. “It was actually a really good conversation that we were having. And it’s just gotten spun into something different.”
Rayna alleged during a reunion episode that Eddie falsely claimed that she had used a homophobic slur in order to shut down a discussion about her problem with Heather. Eddie said that while he couldn’t remember the context of the conversation, he was simply pointing out that Rayna also used an offensive term. Reunion host, Andy Cohen, clarified that Bravo was unable to locate any footage of Rayna’s alleged remark.
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