Even Captain Lee Rosbach didn’t see Kate Chastain’s exit from ‘Beneath Deck’ coming. The Bravo star tells MeSlop that he was ‘completely blown away’ when Kate known as him with the information. He reveals if he thinks she’ll return to the water!

Kate Chastain‘s departure from Beneath Deck was a “bittersweet factor” for Captain Lee Rosbach. Kate, who joined the present in 2014, served as Captain Lee’s chief stew for six seasons earlier than saying her exit on the finish of February. In an unique interview with MeSlop, Lee revealed that he was shocked when he obtained a name from Kate telling him that she wouldn’t be again. However, he knew it was time for her to go.

“That was out of left discipline. I didn’t see that coming in any respect. I used to be completely blown away,” Lee stated throughout MeSlop’s TV Speak social media present on April 20. “Kate known as me and it was a bittersweet factor. She let me know that she wasn’t going to come back again, however she thought it was time to maneuver on,” he continued, explaining, “She’s received greater and higher issues to do and I used to be glad for her. However, I used to be unhappy in the identical breath as a result of she’s a valued member of my group and she or he’s a valued member of ‘Beneath Deck’ and the present, so, massive sneakers to fill for anyone, or attempt to do it, yeah. I miss Kate.”

Now, Lee is searching for his subsequent Kate 2.zero to affix his crew. “I’m searching for anyone that has that work ethic [like Kate’s], that has the right angle in the direction of sub-ordinance. Somebody who isn’t on an influence journey,” Lee described of what he’s searching for in his subsequent chief stew. “Fast witted, can suppose on their ft and [someone] that I don’t should babysit. Right here’s your job, right here’s your instruments, now go get your job finished. For those who hold coming to me for each little factor. And if I’ve to do my job and your job then I clearly don’t want you, so I’m searching for anyone who can stand on their very own and performance nicely,” he stated, noting that Kate didn’t supply any suggestions for her substitute.

The Beneath Deck veteran additionally reminisced about their relationship, and recalled a time once they didn’t get alongside in any respect.

“Kate and I didn’t hit it off on season 2. We didn’t hit it off in any respect,” Lee admitted. “We had some tough spots, however it’s important to give it an opportunity to mature and develop, and the remaining is historical past.”

Many followers are nonetheless holding out hope that Kate will make a triumphant, shock return to Beneath Deck. As for Captain Lee’s ideas?

“I actually couldn’t say. I feel she’s grown previous that, I actually do. As a lot as I might love her to come back again,” he admitted, earlier than explaining that Kate can typically be a wild card. “However who is aware of, possibly we’ll see her in some type or one other. I actually don’t know. It wouldn’t be the primary time we’ve been shocked,” he stated.

Nonetheless, Lee says he’d positively work with Kate once more. “In fact! There’s no cause I wouldn’t,” he stated. However, Lee hopes followers will likely be open-minded after Kate’s departure. “They should give anyone else a shot earlier than they make up their thoughts. That’s solely truthful, I feel,” he admitted.

Kate shocked followers when she revealed she was leaving Beneath Deck in a submit on Instagram on February 20. Her announcement got here after Bravo aired a reunion present for the Beneath Deck solid.

“After many months of reflection and inner discussions, I’ve chosen to make a transition this yr in beginning to carve out a progressive new land-based function,” she wrote. “I intend to step again as a senior member of the Beneath Deck Household and work to develop into financially impartial whereas persevering with to totally assist His Majesty Andy Cohen.”