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Kate Chastain ended Below Deck Season 7 with a bang. Following the airing of Part 2 of the Below Deck Season 7 reunion on Monday, February 17, Kate announced in a post on Instagram that she would be stepping away from the crew after six seasons as chief stew.
"After many months of reflection and internal discussions, I have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new land based role," she wrote. "I intend to step back as a senior member of the Below Deck Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support His Majesty Andy Cohen.”
Of course, Kate's big news has sent shockwaves among fans and the Below Deck family alike. But the response the longtime chief stew has received in return has been filled with nothing but love.
Past and present members of the Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean crews shared the warmest well wishes for Kate in the comments to her post on Instagram. "I couldn’t love you more. I COULDN’T," Below Deck Season 7 stew Courtney Skippon gushed in the comments.
Amy Johnson, who served as a stew in Seasons 2 and 3 of Below Deck, said she is eager to see what Kate does next. "Proud of you and excited to see you rock your next chapter!!!" she wrote in the comments to the Instagram post. "Just please don’t run off to Canada. Love, your loyal stew."
Season 6 stew Josiah Carter also sent Kate four heart emojis to show his fondness for the chief stew.
Below Deck Med deckhand Colin Macy-O'Toole sent a big "congrats" Kate's way, while his fellow Med yachtie, Season 3 stew Kasey Cohen, was also thrilled for what's in store for her future. "So excited for you bb," she wrote in the comments.
Below Deck Med Captain Sandy Yawn came in clutch with the most motivating words of wisdom. "All the best @Kate_Chastain! Have no doubt you will be successful at anything you pursue," Captain Sandy tweeted to the chief stew. "Life is short. MAKE IT COUNT!"
We know Kate definitely will.
Watch Kate reflect on her time on Below Deck backstage at the series' 100th episode celebration in January, above.
Relive the wild season that Below Deck Season 7 was in the After Show, below.
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