“I used to be not invited again to do one other season,” Lucas, 37, advised the New York Post on Wednesday, Might 11. “I really didn’t even get a cellphone name from them saying they employed another person — which form of goes to indicate what the manufacturing entails. Everybody on Under Deck is expendable.”
The previous bosun additionally mirrored on his issues with how the Below Deck cast was paid for his or her work. “There may be someone monetizing off of the present, nevertheless it’s undoubtedly not us,” he claimed. “Under Deck — no matter it being the most well-liked present on Bravo — we're the lowest-paid forged members.”
The Bravo character continued: “Whereas we do receives a commission higher than a traditional yachtie, in fact, we're nonetheless not getting paid what individuals just like the Housewives are making, which is a bit irritating, as a result of they’re probably not working — they’re simply going out to dinner and preventing.”
Lucas famous within the interview that regardless of his frustrations, he would be willing to return to Below Deck in the future.
The primary officer’s surprising departure comes after he joined Captain Lee, 71, for seasons eight and 9. He was beforehand a forged member on the hit actuality collection from 2013 to 2015.
In August 2020, Govt producer Courtland Cox weighed in on Lucas’ means to offer support to his boss with his onscreen return. That very same yr, Captain Lee revealed that his only child passed away.
“On the heels of this extremely terrible tragedy that Lee and Mary Anne suffered to have the ability to have somebody acquainted like Eddie come again, when he has been like a son to Lee, it obtained magnified into this sort of superb however terrible coincidence,” Cox mentioned throughout an interview with Vainness Truthful on the time. “Whilst you’re seeing what Lee went by means of and seeing what Eddie meant to him, it actually places it in perspective the way you’re making a TV present with actual human stakes.”
Issues took a surprising flip throughout season 9 when Lucas obtained caught within the center when chief stew Heather Chase used the N-word on display screen. Throughout a crew evening out, Chase, 27, made headlines for saying the phrase in a dialog with Rayna Lindsey. Though the newcomer apologized, the subject was brought up again throughout the season.
Lucas, who was advised in regards to the incident by Lindsey, denied that he would “brush racism below the rug” after seemingly not addressing the state of affairs on display screen. “I imply, I used to be advised on quite a few events to not speak about it and never convey it up anymore,” he claimed throughout a digital YourEncore occasion in December 2021. “It was really a extremely good dialog that we had been having. And it’s simply gotten spun into one thing completely different.”
Earlier this yr, Lucas and Lindsey raised eyebrows when the deckhand claimed that her superior tried to silence her concerns. Throughout the reunion episode in February, Lindsey accused the Maryland native of falsely claiming she mentioned a homophobic slur in an try to cease her from discussing her points whereas filming.
Lucas, for his half, mentioned that he couldn’t recall what they mentioned however noted that he was trying to point out to Lindsey that she was also engaging in offensive conduct. On the time, host Andy Cohen clarified that Bravo had no footage of Lindsey saying a slur.
Us Weekly has reached out to Bravo for remark.