Captain Lee Rosbach shared his experiences filming the hit Bravo show Below Deck for 10 seasons now and shared his thoughts on some of the charter guests he’s seen over the years.
Rosbach appeared on former RHOBH star Brandi Glanville’s podcast “Brandi Glanville Unfiltered,” and she pointed out that it seemed like he was sometimes happy to spend time with the charter guests and sometimes “very annoyed” by them looked like when Rosbach said, “Bingo!” Glanville asked, “Don’t you realize what you signed up for?” She said so many guests behaved horribly and ended up being screwed by fans.
Rosbach explained: “They do the same as the crew members. As soon as the cameras roll, they turn into this monster.” As an example of a tricky charter guest, he cited Charley Walters, who has now appeared on the show three times. “I swear to god they spend every year … as it gets closer it seems like they all get together and come up with crazy things they can do to make everyone’s life harder,” Rosbach shared.
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Rosbach said they had to intervene with some charter guests who were trying too hard to cause problems on the boat. “We actually said to some of the guests, listen, stop being a television producer,” he shared with Glanville.
He said some guests are told to just enjoy their vacation they paid for and just be natural. “Stop trying to create those magical, unforgettable moments because you’re not good at it,” he said. He told Glanville that a charter guest’s job is simply to have fun while on vacation, and while they’re okay with being demanding, it gets a bit too much when they’re trying to produce TV.
He also said that if guests try too hard, it can make some situations seem “wrong”.
Eddie Lucas, who has appeared opposite Captain Lee on several seasons of Below Deck, also spoke about the show’s charter guests. He said while the show is scriptless, the drama is “relieved,” and one of the ways it’s done is through the guests.
He told the Baltimore Banner that guests often “play the fool,” and while that’s their choice, they were also told by producers, “if you have any problems, you need to speak up about it.”
Lucas also said guests are told to “ask for anything” if they want, and many of them do, even if they’re only there for a few days. That’s where the show can differ from “real” charter guests, Lucas explained, who just wanted to show up and relax on vacation.
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