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What Happened to Cat Baugh on Below Deck Season 11?

Find out why the stew decided to leave St. David early. 

By Shannon Raphael

Season 11, Episode 7 of Below Deck saw the departures of two St. David crew members (SPOILER): Jared Woodin and Cat Baugh

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While Captain Kerry Titheradge fired Jared for not knowing his distances, for being ill-equipped to be a Bosun on a mega-yacht, and for his behavior during crew nights out, Cat chose to leave the boat on her own. 

The stew took an emotional phone call from a friend shortly before she decided to quit, and she opened up about leaving the boat in an interview on the episode.

After the episode aired on March 18, Cat's former boss, Kerry, shared an update on how she's doing today.

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What was Cat Baugh’s experience on Below Deck

During the first crew night out, Cat opened up to chief stew Fraser Olender about how she didn't feel like she was fitting in with the rest of the yachties. Plus, her conflict with fellow stew Barbara "Barbie" Pascual, also made things difficult for Cat. 

On Season 11, Episode 7, Cat received a phone call from her friend, Megan.

"I'm sorry, I know you can't talk, but she's not answering, and no one else is awake right now," Cat's friend said on the phone. "Do you have, like, a couple seconds? I'm freaking the f-ck out."

Cat didn't share much further context for the phone call, but it did encourage her to make the decision to head back home. 

"So, I got a call from my friend, Megan," Cat explained in an interview on the episode. "This is a situation I really can't talk about, but my friends are my family, so it feels really sh-tty not being able to be there for her."

Why did Cat Baugh leave Below Deck?

After Cat hung up the phone, she had an emotional conversation with Fraser about her place on the boat. He chatted with Captain Kerry about how he thought it would be best for Cat to leave. Kerry later spoke to Cat, and he encouraged her to take time to focus on her mental health.

"My number one job is to take care of my crew and their health," Kerry said in an interview. "I'm well aware of mental health. She's got to go, now."

Just a short while later, Cat packed up her belongings, and she left the St. David crew for good. 

"I wish I could have stayed. But, the thing is, there's no way I could have," Cat said in her final interview of the season. "This is too much. I need to be with the people [who] need me, and also, on this boat, I'm at a breaking point. I need to protect my mental health. It's like my support system is at home, not here." 

Cat Baugh Hugs Captain Kerry as she leaves the yacht

Captain Kerry Titheradge shares an update on how Cat Baugh is doing today

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kerry opened up about how Cat was "really struggling" prior to her departure. 

"I could just see it in her face. I didn't need to know what was going on. It didn't matter what it was. To her, it was catastrophic," he said. "And that's something else I've learned on my journey is that it's real to that person who's going through it. It doesn't matter if it doesn't affect you or how insignificant it may seem. It's real to them..."

Kerry has been in touch with Cat recently as well. 

"She's having a hard time seeing herself where she's at. But she said she's in a pretty good headspace. And I've shown her support — I say, look, if you need someone to talk to, I'm always here," the captain concluded. 

Watch new episodes of Below Deck Season 11 on Mondays at 9/8c on Bravo. Stream episodes the next day on Peacock

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