Anastasia Surmava's decision to leave the galley and return to her third stew position along with the impending arrival of a new chef meant that June's position had now become redundant, in the words of Captain Sandy. "This is not personal. You're an amazing human being," Captain Sandy said after breaking the news to June. "This is about I don't have enough room to keep you, otherwise I would."
Captain Sandy said in an interview during the episode that she wished she could have let June know sooner. "It's not ideal that I have to let June go the day of the charter. I wish I had time to speak to June earlier, but I didn't know if the chef was gonna land," she explained. "Sometimes this is how it goes in the yachting world."
June was understandably upset to leave the Sirocco crew. "You don't do that to people. It's wrong," she said in an interview during the episode. "You know, especially somebody who came and helped when you needed help."
Captain Sandy later thanked June for her service on Twitter as Monday night's episode of Below Deck Med aired. "Thank you June for a great job, and I so appreciate you coming on board," she shared. "I hope you continue your maritime career as well as following your dreams of traveling. You have a bright future."
Anastasia also said that she was sorry for the way things worked out for June. "Grateful for June and what she did for our team. I feel real s--t about how things went down," she tweeted Monday night. "Love for June."
Prior to Monday night's episode airing, Captain Sandy reflected on June's work as a third stew during a recent phone interview with The Daily Dish. "The part about the radio, it bothered me, obviously to the point where she was gonna feel the wrath of me because my pet peeve is communication. We cannot function if we don't communicate. And if the chief stew has to go find the third stew, that's a problem," Captain Sandy explained.
"So June had a great personality, she was always kind, but she just, I don't know, she was very, she wanted to be on deck, not on the inside. She made that very clear, and you could tell with her behavior. And she didn't like Hannah [Ferrier]. You don't have to like people; you just have to do your job."
The Sirocco crew tries to get to the bottom of why June often failed to answer her radio in the Below Deck Mediterranean Season 4 After Show, above.
Relive Captain Sandy's difficult discussion with June, below.
— Additional reporting by Alesandra Dubin