Bravotv.com: Going into this episode, Aleks issued an ultimatum to C.J. and Sam. What did you think of his original deal?
Adrienne Gang: I thought it was generous. If it were up to me, I probably wouldn't have been so lenient.
Bravotv.com: Were you surprised by C.J. and Sam's reactions to it? Were you surprised C.J. decided to leave and Sam decided to go?
AG: I was not at all surprised by their responses. CJ had been breaking rules (ie. taking his shirt off) the whole trip. This was just another "par for the course" example of how little regard these two have for their superiors and for their fellow crewmates. There is no excuse for blatant bold-faced lying especially when you are doing it so you can violate rules that are set in place for the safety and security of everyone on the yacht. At least Sam apologized to Aleks, although she never apologized to either Kat or me for deceiving us. C.J. and Sam are selfish, and their lack of willingness to accept their punishment and resolve to follow the rules in the future just further demonstrates their general lack of respect for their jobs, crewmates, and the yachting industry as a whole. Some rules are made not to be broken. I was not surprised C.J. quit. Again, par for the course. Sam staying was a bit of a surprise.
Bravotv.com: Aleks ultimately gives Sam all the money. What were you thinking in that moment?
AG: I was irate. I also felt betrayed, and I really thought it showed a lack of backbone and integrity on Aleks' behalf. That told me that he was much more concerned about being a friend instead of a boss. Aleks and I agreed on the "punishment." Since Sam technically worked under me, we had to agree. That experience clearly taught Sam nothing since she says afterwords she felt "victorious," like all the remorse she should have had for putting us all in a potentially bad spot with our guests, lying to co-workers, and disrespecting the chain of command and the rules was nonexistent. Sad.
Bravotv.com: Later, Sam apologizes to you for her behavior. Did you accept her apology? Do you think it was sincere?
AG: I did accept it at the time. I feel like if what she said was truly how she felt, why did it take her six weeks to get to that place? I felt some part of it was sincere, but I think it's pretty obvious by her comments that she enjoys making others feel bad about themselves, and I think if she really felt bad about it, she wouldn't have continually done it the whole trip. I think the final note she ended that conversation on is more telling about her sincerity than any of the rest of it.
Bravotv.com: You really let loose with the final charter guests, having some of the crew wonder whether it was your "coming out." Do you have any comments about that?
AG: I think it's offensive because they use it as an insult, and I don't think homosexuality should be used with such a careless disregard for what it actually means. I have a lot of gay friends of both genders, and it's not the first time I've been labeled that way. To be honest, it doesn't bother me a bit because I personally don't hold a prejudice, and I'm comfortable with my own sexuality, and i don't hold a bias against anyone else for theirs. Only people who see homosexuality as a bad trait would walk around using it to hurt others' feelings. I would encourage them all to be less offensive to massive groups of faithful viewers and be more creative with their bullying in the future.