The new season of “Under Deck” keeps its promise of intense drama on the high seas.
Not only do the crew live in tight spaces on an expensive sailboat, but they also managed to complete a rental season during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in the summer of 2020.
The chief hostess, Daisy Kelliher, was the crew chief of the Parsifal III as they sailed around the coast of Croatia. She spoke to Fox News about the drama on board, about being a just and supportive boss, and how the crew, production and guests have handled the COVID crisis.
Fox News: What was it like living on a yacht in Croatia in the midst of a pandemic?
Daisy Kelliher: Well, we tested twice a week and we created a bubble system. So whoever wasn’t in our bubble, we obviously had no interaction with.
There were a lot of procedures to follow. Everyone backstage wore masks and obviously hygiene was part of it.
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Fox News: Has there ever been a guest request that you thought you couldn’t handle?
Kelliher: Someone will ask me for something as small as [a theme party] and I will really panic. You will see me running everywhere. I just can’t imagine something until it’s there. Then all of a sudden you get all these props and you’re like, ‘Wow, we did it. ”
Fox News: Who have you had the most friction with this season?
Kelliher: The friction between me and Natasha [the chef] was there and it continues, although we have a good working relationship. We are still friends. But, yes, we had natural friction. We weren’t each other, you know, nobody, which doesn’t matter. The person I got along with the most was probably Ali [Third Stewardess] and we are still very good friends.
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Fox News: How do you balance being friends with the women on board and also their boss?
Kelliher: I’m a very girly girl and I love men, don’t get me wrong, but I believe that women should stick together and thrive. Obviously I [have] natural friction with Natasha, but other than that I’m always going to stand up for my team and defend them. I think if you’re able to create that environment it’s so productive and awesome for the guests and awesome for the crew.
Fox News: There was a point in the beginning when Ali was uncomfortable being on TV in a bikini and you comforted her. Is this something that you also struggled with?
Kelliher: You are on TV and [it can be] horrible. [Even in my personal life] I’m going down to the beach and you have to muster your courage and say, “OK, I’m going to wear this bikini.” Doing that on TV is just another level, you know, trying to find that self-confidence and trying to find that courage. And I said to Ali, we’re just going to have to get over that and embrace that and just have fun, which we did.
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Fox News: Were you nervous about being listened to or filmed all the time?
Kelliher: Yeah, overwhelmingly. I was really worried about him joining the show. But you just don’t have time to think because we do a real job and it’s extremely fast and very energetic. [The cameras] Follow you and they are very good at going out [of the way]. I can literally walk real, real fast and they will, they will get out of your way. You don’t need to stop for them. You don’t need to bypass them. They are very professional and allow us to do our job.
“Below Deck: Sailing Yacht” airs Mondays at 9 / 8c on Bravo.
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