While Captain Sean Meagher of Under the bridge said he can’t comment on the exact N-word situation specifically because he wasn’t there, he can share what he would do if it happened on his boat.
Deckhand Rayna Lindsey struggled for days after chief stew Heather Chase said the N-word more than once during a crew party. Chase apologized but Lindsey didn’t feel Chase’s apology was sincere. Captain Lee Rosbach started hearing about the incident towards the end of the charter season, but if Rosbach hadn’t returned, how would Meagher have handled it?
Captain Sean says responsibility lies with management
Meagher said he could only explain how he would handle the situation based on what viewers saw. “Again, I was not aware of what happened. I never try to be an armchair quarterback,” Meagher shared on Down with Jason! Anchor Watch.
But given the footage viewers saw, Meagher said management should have addressed the issue immediately. “What I do know is that, and that’s how I would have handled, not just a situation like that, but a situation where there’s tension between two crew members,” he said. he declared. “I think the ultimate responsibility lies with management. So if there is a problem and you have an employee who does not feel like they are in a safe work environment or otherwise, then that problem needs to be addressed immediately. And that needs to be immediately addressed by their immediate superior, which in this case would have been Heather.
Captain Sean would have fired someone
Meagher reiterated that he didn’t have all the information about what happened on the show. But said the ax he could have swung this season would have been swinging. “I should have known all the information as soon as possible,” Meagher said. “And I would have got everyone together, I would have sat them down and I would have been like, ‘Okay, what exactly happened? “”
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“And listen, I have a policy if I have two crew members who disagree and you come to a meeting with me, in other words, it had gone to the hostess, it was went to the second. Now that you’ve seated me, you’re in the final. That’s it. There is no higher authority,” he continued. “I’m going to do one of three things. I will fire you. You. Or I’ll fire you both.
Meagher said he didn’t like to “swing the axe”, but was good at it. “But the situation, I would have tried to manage it as best I could,” he added.
Eddie Lucas suggested Heather Chase be fired on ‘Below Deck’
Under the bridge viewers now see first mate Eddie Lucas address the issue with Lindsey. But he shared at a private event that he spoke about it long before viewers saw it, which included his recommendation to fire Chase.
Lucas said production was involved. “You know, this whole, this whole deal has been really mishandled on so many levels, especially at the top, which is production,” he told a virtual conference. YourYet event shared exclusively with Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
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“You know, the production was terrified of this whole situation,” he recalled. “And I was told many times not to talk about it, to stop talking about it. It will kill us. And that’s not OK.
Adding, “I mean, I’ve been told many times not to talk about it and not talk about it anymore,” he said. “I mean, when I had the conversation with Rayna about this, I wanted to go talk to Captain Lee. As soon as that conversation ended, there was an EP right there saying, ‘OK, that was it. No more, we’re done talking about it.