Has João Franco Officially Said Goodbye to Jezabob?

Has João Franco Officially Said Goodbye to Jezabob?

The lead deckhand explains the status of his alter ago and weighs in on the Below Deck Med love triangle. 

By Hannah Fusaro

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João Franco is all business when he's working aboard the Talisman Maiton as lead deckhand (just ask Captain Sandy Yawn, who has been very impressed with his work ethic all season), but it's a different story when he lets loose and has a few drinks. He and his Below Deck Mediterranean pals refer to his alter ego when drinking as "Jezabob." We've met Jezabob a few times this season (check out his appearance in the videos above), usually when João has been sparring with yachtie rival Hannah Ferrier, but he has some unfortunate news to those who like seeing the Hyde to his Jekyll.

"No longer. He's gone," João said of Jezabob on The Daily Dish podcast. "It's not a bad thing, I promise. Before the show, [Jezabob] would only happen every once in a while but not in a big way. I think after it came out the first night of going out, I felt like that was a part of who I was and who I would portray myself to be. So I let it carry on and it became a part of it, you know, 'Is Jezabob coming out tonight?' and 'What's going on?' and 'You're lucky Jezabob wasn't here to fix this.'"

However, after the charter season ended, Jezabob ended, as well. "Straight after the show I had left, it never happened. In seeing how I was, because I have never seen myself like that, it will never happen again. Life lesson. It's been an eye-opener. It's definitely made me realize parts of who I was that I needed to change," João shared. He also reflected on Jezabob's impact on the season as a whole: "I definitely regret it — well, it depends. Had I not done it, I would never have known, and having done it, I know what I need to change, and I can definitely say I've learned a lot and changed from it."

João said that as a result of Jezabob making appearances on the show, the response from fans hasn't been great. However, there's one yachtie who Joao says was able to see past the alter ego: Brooke Laughton. His on-again, off-again flirting with Second Stew Brooke and Third Stew Kasey Cohen definitely caused some issues this season.

"After being with Brooke, I didn't realize that Kasey liked me in a deeper way, and I regret that and I've apologized to her, too," he confessed. He shared how Kasey reacted to his apology since the show, as well as where his relationship is with Bosun Conrad Empson and Hannah now, in the podcast episode above. Check that out and make sure to tune into Below Deck Med every Tuesday at 9/8c. Peep a preview of next week's episode, below.

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