The current season of Below Deck Mediterranean feature long-time cast members, Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier and Captain Sandy Yawn.
Hannah was fired during a recent episode for allegedly breaking maritime law.
Hannah no longer works in yachting, though she's helping others pursue their yachtie dreams.
For the last five seasons of Below Deck Mediterranean, fans have been enthralled with the drama unraveling on deck of super luxurious mega yachts, thanks to its revolving door of new cast and crew members, and staples like Hannah Ferrier and Sandy Yawn—but sometimes, even beloved cast members don't have basic job security.
During an August 17th episode of the current airing season, Hannah was fired from the motor yacht Welling quite abruptly after five seasons of the show. Fans may know her for pushing boundaries, but were still shocked upon witnessing her exit from the series.
In case you've missed out on this season, what exactly happened to Hannah Ferrier on Below Deck Med? Here's what we know so far:
She had a panic attack after the former chef left.
According to the episode, when former chef Kiko Loran decided to exit the boat after dealing with his own issues onboard, Hannah was devastated by his departure to the point that she had a panic attack in the middle of the night. She asked bosun (and then cabin-mate) Malia White to give her Valium that she'd brought with her. In a subsequent episode, Malia later discovers this pack of Valium, along with a vape pen allegedly containing weed.
“I think in that moment when [Hannah] asked for Valium is when it really hit me that those were the pills that she was taking every night all season,” she told Andy Cohen on an episode of Watch What Happens Live. “That’s when it became a real serious thing for me.”
Feeling like the boat, crew, and future charter guests were at risk because of Hannah's medication, Malia snapped a photo of the medicine/vape pen and texted it to Captain Sandy.
When Captain Sandy questioned her about the drugs, Hannah couldn’t produce a prescription.
A few hours before the Wellington would set sail on another charter, Hannah found herself on the defense when Captain Sandy asked her about the drugs Malia reported the night prior. While the issue wasn’t about whether Hannah needed the Valium for panic attacks, or if she could even produce a prescription, Captain Sandy claims the issue was that Hannah never checked in the medication upon starting the charter season.
“The truth is, maritime law was broken, and Sandy had to make a decision," Med showrunner Nadine Rajabi told Vanity Fair about the incident. "And the decision was she has a reputation at sea. It was all being recorded. It’s almost like a body police cam … Sandy could have been in really big trouble had she not reported it.”
Captain Sandy ultimately made the decision to fire the chief stew.
Hannah was upset with how the situation was handled.
Since the episode aired, Hannah has expressed feeling as though she deserved the right to explain why she brought the drugs onboard, rather than be abruptly fired.
“[The confrontation] could’ve been a back-and-forth, as opposed to such a drastic measure taken without so much as a conversation after,” she explained to The Daily Dish. “That was my fifth season with Below Deck. So I was really disappointed in that, but then I also know that at the end of the day, she is the captain.”
On Twitter, Hannah also accused Malia of posing the drugs for the photo, as the two got into an argument earlier that day about sleeping arrangements. (Malia’s boyfriend Tom Checketts joined the crew as chef. Hannah refused to switch bunks and share with second stew Bugsy Drake. Malia has since denied this as a reason for bringing the Valium to Captain Sandy's attention.)
I like Malia’s arranging skills. So that’s prescribed Valium, CBD (which is legal in Spain), a lighter (not sure what this has to do with anything) and my passport holder... And for anyone who’s interested the prescription is on the other side of the box as shown... #belowdeckmed pic.twitter.com/9ZpMjVUWVu
— Hannah Ferrier - New Online Yachting Course (@hannahferrier_) August 11, 2020
While Hannah might be angry with how things went down, Captain Sandy has no regrets over her decision. “I prefer to work with people I can trust, and that’s really it, to be honest,” she told E! News. "I like people who are serious about their careers. Honestly, I'm there because I love what I do and I want people to work for me that love being in the maritime industry and if they don't, no love lost."
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