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Kelley Johnson Says He Had "No Respect" for Trevor Walker After He Got Fired
"He's the worst crewmember I've ever had, ever," the #BelowDeck bosun says.
Trevor Walker spelled trouble for bosun Kelley Johnson and the rest of the Valor crew right from the start of this season of Below Deck. But after getting into it with Nico Scholly, receiving a demotion, and partying a little too hard off the yacht, Trevor was handed his plane ticket home by Captain Lee Rosbach in Tuesday night's episode.
Not only did Kelley agree with Captain Lee's decision to let Trevor go, but he also thought the firing couldn't have come soon enough. "I wish he would've let him go the first charter. After dealing with him that night and what he said about fellow Marines that I've served with and all kinds of stuff, I have no respect for that man anymore," Kelley told The Daily Dish. "He's pretty low on my totem pole, about the lowest you can get in people I respect. For him, I wish he would've been gone a charter before so I wouldn't have to deal with it. I would've worked a man down for two charters, three charters, hell, the rest of the season than deal with him for one more charter."
That's because working with Trevor was just as unpleasant as it seemed onscreen, according to Kelley. "He's the worst crewmember I've ever had, ever, underneath me. I don't say that lightly, I wish that wasn't the case, because him failing as a deckhand is a direct reflection of me because my leadership skills weren't able to approach him in the appropriate manner for him to maybe change," Kelley explained. "But he had no respect for others. He didn't respect me. Hell, he didn't respect Captain Lee at times. He felt like it was the Trevor Show, and it was his way or he'd complain about it and cause a big deal."
Kelley said he had a difficult time controlling his emotions when Trevor mocked his time in the Marines the night before he got fired. "All I wanted to [do] was strangle him. Unfortunately, as the boss you can't do that. I can't have those actions and have my deckhands look up to me. It's not the correct way to go about it. Was I furious? Was my blood boiling? Yes." Kelley said. "But maybe he'll grow up from that, looking back and watching himself. I hope that's the case. But I don't know if he will."
Still, as his leader, Kelley said he feels partly responsible for the way Trevor behaved while onboard the Valor. "Unfortunately, I couldn't reach him in a way that he understood what he needed to do or maybe the way he needed to change," he said. "But there may not be a way to reach him. He's a very special person that I've ever had to work with."
Looking back, Kelley said maybe if he put a stop to Trevor's antics earlier on in the season, things might have turned out differently. "I think the issue was at the beginning, I kind of let him step on my toes and step on the deckhands' a little bit too much, and I should've just cut that out right at the beginning," he explained. "And if I would've done that, I think it would've been a less shock of him when I'm like, 'Hey, you need to cool it.'"
Relive more of Trevor's tumultuous time on Below Deck, below.