Captain Mark Howard may be at the helm of the Ionian Princess on Below Deck Mediterranean, but that hasn't stopped his Below Deck counterpart Captain Lee Rosbach from calling it like he sees it while enjoying the show as a viewer from home. In fact, the fearless leader was pretty candid when The Daily Dish asked for his thoughts on the Below Deck Med crew last month.
"I’m a little bit surprised at the attitudes of the deck crew, the guys, in particular," he previously told The Daily Dish after the crew welcomed the Tilted Kilt models aboard. "I mean, you would think that they’d act like they’d been around women before. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. It’s like this is their first exposure to good-looking women. And that’s the first and foremost thing on their mind."
Captain Lee went on to praise the interior crew made up of Chief Stew Hannah Ferrier and stewardesses Julia d'Albert Pusey and Tiffany Copeland for "doing good work." However, he said that there was room for improvement among First Mate Bryan Kattenburg and deckhands Bobby Giancola and Danny Zureikat. "They’re just all over the place. And I don’t see any structure, I think, is what I’m missing in the deck department," he said in June. "And I see a whole lot of ego. I mean, the testosterone level on that boat and the deck part is just, as far as I can see, over the top."
So when The Daily Dish caught up with Hannah and Bobby last month, we had to ask what they thought of the yachting veteran's assessment of the Below Deck Med crew.
Bobby said he thinks that Danny deserves the bulk of Captain Lee's criticism, especially considering his closeness to the Tilted Kilt models earlier this season. "Well, with the Tilted Kilt girls, I mean, they were hot chicks. I mean, of course. But, I would say out of the bunch of us, Danny was a little houndog that couldn't chill out," Bobby told The Daily Dish. "There are multiple times where if the girls were talking to me, I had to cut them off, and I would pretend that Bryan or the captain called me on my earpiece and go, I have a job. I have something to go do. Danny never did that. He would just sit there and talk, talk, talk, talk all day long."
Hannah agreed, saying that the ladies were being very flirty with the deck crew. "I understand Captain Lee's point-of-view because there's only so much you can fit into [an episode], but at the same time, in the boys' defense, the girls were really, really pushing them," Hannah said.
As far as the large amounts of ego and testosterone on display on Below Deck Med, Bobby said that Danny added fuel to the fire in that department too, causing "friction," especially in moments like the heated exchange between the crewmates. "He just kept talking back and then tries to say, 'Oh, you don't give us constructive criticism,'" Bobby explained. "And so there's only so much I can take. There's only so much anybody can take before constructive criticism doesn't go any farther, and you need to just kind of slap some sense into him. And that was the case with him."
It sounds like Bobby really has more of an issue with Danny than he does with Captain Lee. Relive the explosive argument between the deckhands from earlier this season, and you may see why.