Below Deck Down Under Shocker: 2 Crewmembers Are Fired for Inappropriate Behavior

Captain Jason Chambers was forced to let two of his Below Deck Down Under crewmembers go for making unwanted advances towards their fellow yachties after a night of partying.

By Brett Malec Aug 08, 2023 6:54 PMTags
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The Northern Sun is down two crewmembers in a Below Deck Down Under shocker.

Captain Jason Chambers fired both Bosun Luke Jones and Stew Laura Bileskalne for inappropriate behavior following a night of partying on the Bravo series' Aug. 7 episodes.

After the yachties returned from a booze-filled outing in Cairns, Australia, Chief Stew Aesha Scott admittedly became "protective" of Stew Margot Sisson when she noticed Luke's overly flirty demeanor towards her.

"I don't want any drunkenness to be taken advantage of," Aesha told Margot. "So I'd just like to see you get into bed safely. I'll get you water."

To which, Margot agreed.

"I am glad that you're here," she replied before getting into her bunk. "I don't want to go in the jacuzzi, I want to go bed. All I want is water and bed, no Luke."

While Margot was asleep, a drunk, naked Luke entered her cabin and got under the covers with his teammate before producers intervened. "We can't do that," a producer told him, "she said no."

After being forced out of Margot's bed, Luke angrily stormed back to his bunk yelling at the camera crew.

Shocked by the incident, Aesha immediately went to check on Margot. "Did you consent him being in here?" she asked, to which Margot replied, "No, I was asleep. I did not invite that at all."

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Aesha, in tears, woke up the captain to report Luke's advances. "Basically we came home tonight and I just kind of felt like Luke kind of wanted to take advantage of Margot's drunkenness a little bit," she told Jason. "She was pretty out of it. And then the next thing I know, the power goes out and Luke is f--king running out of Margot's bed naked. She was completely unconscious."

After confirming nothing sexual happened, Jason immediately went to Luke's bunk and ordered him off the ship for the rest of the night. The next morning, Margot said she felt "embarrassed" by the incident, but her fellow crew members stressed it wasn't her fault.

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"I woke up feeling weird and I knew that what happened wasn't OK," she admitted. "I was, like, 'Am I gonna wake up and he's still here and I just have to act cool?' But I'm glad that's not the case, because that would be reality hard for me. I just feel stupid."

Before Luke returned from his hotel, Jason held a crew meeting. "We had an incident last night and I want to stress that this is a place that we respect each other," the captain told his reports. "Our cabin is our safety zone. That door is our boundary, that door is not to be opened unless it's consensual. To walk into someone else's room without consent, indecent, is my limit."

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Jason then fired Luke. "Last night there were boundaries crossed," he told the bosun. "There was indecency and you went into someone's else cabin without consent. Unfortunately, I've got nothing else but to terminate your employment."

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"I accept that," Luke replied. "I'm sorry, and I'm just so disappointed in my myself."

However, Luke wasn't the only BDDU costar who crossed the line the previous night.

Laura repeatedly made romantic advances toward Deckhand Adam Kodra despite him telling her he was not interested in hooking up. She even tried giving him an unwarranted massive in his bed as he was trying to go to sleep before producers suggested she return to her own bunk.

Aesha made it a point to check in with Adam the next day about Laura's behavior. "I think she thinks I'm playing around because I'm being nice about it," Adam told her. "I don't want to get anyone in trouble or anything like that but maybe I've got to be more serious."

Aesha was left with no choice but to inform Jason that Laura had been "very inappropriate, borderline sexual harassment" with her teammate. Mirroring the situation with Luke, Jason sat Laura down for a stern talking-to.

"Two things, one, Adam feels uncomfortable with some moments out and he's tried to say no and you have not listened to him and his boundaries to be set," he told her. "I'm trying to move forward as a team, I'm trying to get that behind us and you've brought it straight back up, so in that I'm going to terminate your employment today."

Laura's response? "Wow," she said, shocked. "But I don't think I have done something wrong that I need to be terminated. Can you give me a warning?"

But Jason made it clear he wouldn't budge, ending Laura's journey on the spot.

Below Deck Down Under airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Bravo and streams the next day on Peacock. Keep reading to see more of the most shocking firings in Below Deck history.

Camille Lamb

If there's one thing to learn from Camille Lamb's Below Deck firing, it's to not slack off on the job. That's exactly why the season 10 stew was let go by substitute Captain Sandy Yawn, as Chief Stew Fraser Olender continued to criticize Camille's behavior on board.

From being caught drinking while preparing for a new charter to partying at late hours and more, Fraser informed Captain Sandy that he had reached his "last straw."

"She's the common denominator in all of this," said Captain Sandy. "Great girl, great personality, but at the same time, we have to do what's best for the boat."

Kyle Dickard

Below Deck Adventure's Kyle Dickard was let go just three episodes into the reality franchise's latest series—which premiered in November 2022. After picking fights with his fellow deckhand Nathan Morley—as well as kissing crew mates in front of guests—Kyle was offered by Captain Kerry Titheradge the opportunity to resign so that his firing would not end up on his personal record.

Kyle took the Captain up on his offer and left the boat after just one charter.

Raygan Tyler

Captain Sandy let bosun Raygan Tyler go during season seven of Below Deck Mediterranean, not only for causing the boat to take a small hit while docking, but also for not stepping up to the plate as a leader.

But Captain Sandy didn't want her firing to discourage the bosun, as she told Raygan, "If I had the time and I wasn't running a boat this size, I would train you. I would teach you."

Elizabeth Frankini

In addition to onboard romances and failing to follow directions, one of the biggest reasons behind stew Elizabeth Frankini's Below Deck firing was her infamous laundry room accident, during which made a toxic mess when combining bleach and laundry soap.

"Unfortunately, I didn't know that was so toxic and I feel so bad about it," she told E! News of the incident in December 2020. "You know, I do feel really bad, especially 'cause Francesca [Rubi] did say, 'Take it outside.'"

Luke Jones & Laura Bileskaine

The bosun and stew were both fired by Captain Jason Chambers for inappropriate behavior after a night of partying with their fellow yachties.

Luke Jones was let go after getting into Stew Margot Sisson's bed naked while she was drunk and unconscious. Laura Bileskaine also made unwanted advances on Deckhand Adam Kodra despite him telling her he was not interested in hooking up.

Jason made it known that consent was a must, and sent both crewmembers packing.

Lexi Wilson

Tensions between stew Lexi Wilson and Chef Mathew Shea came to a head during an explosive dinner fight on season six of Below Deck Mediterranean, during which Lexi told Matt that his parents "should've aborted you." That was the last straw for Captain Sandy, who fired her not long after the incident.

Tom Pearson

Deckhand Tom Pearson said "bon voyage" to Below Deck Sailing Yacht after getting let go by Captain Glenn Shephard. Tom hit his last strike with the Captain after failing to report that the boat's anchor was dragging during heavy winds one night, causing a potential safety risk for everyone on board.

"It had to be done. It was such a grievous thing that he dropped the ball there, he had to go, and we had to just be man down and live with it, you know?" Captain Glenn said of the decision on Watch What Happens Live. "So, obviously, you don't want to do that, but yeah, it had to happen."

Ryan McKeown

Some people are picky eaters, but Below Deck Down Under's Ryan McKeown was quite the picky chef, as he would judge guests' food requests and fail to take criticism from Captain Jason Chambers, as well.

Perhaps Ryan's Below Deck exit is one of the franchise's most memorable, as he mooned Jason and viewers on his way off the boat.

Magda Ziomek

Below Deck Down Under stew Magda Ziomek's firing was another case of slacking on the job. After constantly being on her phone texting or video chatting with her boyfriend, Chief Stew Aesha Scott decided to replace Magda before the end of the charter season.

Peter Hunziker

Below Deck Mediterranean's Peter Hunziker was fired from the series in June 2020 after he shared an offensive post on social media.

"Peter Hunziker of Below Deck Mediterranean has been terminated for his racist post," Bravo wrote in a statement at the time. "Bravo and 51 Minds are editing the show to minimize his appearance for subsequent episodes."

Hannah Ferrier

Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier was let go by Captain Sandy on Below Deck Mediterranean after boson Malia White discovered her co-star possessed undeclared Valium and a vape pen, the former of which Hannah claimed was for her anxiety.

"If I could do it all over again, I would've just declared them as soon as I came on board," Hannah stated in an August 2020 interview with E! News. "It was definitely not something that was intentional. I wasn't trying to hide anything.

Delaney Evans

Below Deck Mediterranean's Delaney Evans left just as quickly as she arrived. After initially being brought on during season six to help out Chief Stew Katie Flood, Katie determined that Delaney was doing more harm than good, choosing to let her go after just one charter.

"I think she was overwhelmed with the situation, and I think that, you know, in her mind, the best solution to the situation was just to go back to what they had before," Delaney told Bravo Insider of Katie's decision. "I think she was just overwhelmed with everything that was going on and all the feedback she was getting."

Shane Coopersmith

Deckhand Shane Coopersmith was a bit in over his head on season eight of Below Deck, as he was let go for failing to know basic skills, reporting late for duty and taking naps on the job.

Leon Walker

Chaos in the kitchen led to Captain Lee Rosbach letting Chef Leon Walker go on season three of Below Deck. After an oven fire broke out, Lee placed the blame on Chief Stew Kate Chastain but was ultimately the one sent home.

Chris Brown

Like several of the franchise's stars, Below Deck's Chris Brown was fired during season five for failing to fully perform his duties. After being let go by Captain Lee, Chris shared some parting words as he left the boat, stating, "Who gives a s--t?"

Mila Kolomeitseva

Chef Mila Kolomeitseva was fired by Captain Sandy on season four of Below Deck Mediterranean after failing to use her cooking skills to produce top-quality food for guests—including some not-so-nice nachos.

"Of course it makes me feel awful," Mila said of her departure. "People like me who have big egos sometimes have to be put down to earth a little bit. But it makes me feel like I want to work even harder."

Chandler Brooks

Sometimes people just don't work well together. That's exactly why Captain Lee fired Chandler Brooks during season six of Below Deck, telling the boson, "I don't think it's a good fit."

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