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Below Deck Charter Guest Jemele Hill on Tension with Kate Chastain: "The Energy Was Off"
There's a surprising end to this Below Deck story.
It looks like Below Deck saved the most dramatic charter guest moment of the season for last when journalist Jemele Hill confronted Kate Chastain in the January 27 episode and asked the chief stew if the group was "getting on [her] nerves."
Kate definitely wasn't happy about Jemele's comment, but she kept things nice in front of the charter guests, waiting until she was in the interior or in her interview to share what she really thought about the moment.
When Jemele appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, along with Below Deck chef Kevin Dobson, after the episode aired, she admitted that she had "preconceived notions" about Kate from watching her on the show all these years. However, her feelings about the chief stew in that moment came from a different place. "Honestly, when we first got there and especially now that I've been able to see the previous episode, the energy was off," Jemele explained.
The journalist went on to say that the chief stew's attitude seemed to be so different from the rest of the crew. "So I'm comparing how [Kevin is] acting, how everybody else is acting, and she was not kind of in line with everybody else," she said. "And I'm like, 'Man, are we getting on her nerves?'"
Jemele apologized to Kate later on in the episode, immediately easing the tension between the two. In fact, Kate ended up loving having Jemele and her friends aboard the Valor. "Seriously I’m so glad I can now say that @jemelehill and her friends were my favorite charter guests of all time," Kate tweeted during the episode. "I wouldn’t have minded having them onboard another week."
It sounds like the feeling is mutual. "We found love in a hopeless place, Kate," Jemele responded to the chief stew's tweet. "You’re the best."
Watch the Valor crew dish more on this season in the Below Deck Season 7 After Show, above.
See more of Jemele and Kevin on WWHL, below.