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Discovery Channel’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ Loses Three More Captains
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Things have not gone so smoothly for the hit Discovery Channel reality show, Deadliest Catch, as of late. Most people are aware of the terrible loss of Captain Phil Harris, but after the emotional episodes that documented that loss, the emotions seemed to turn from sadness to anger rather quickly. A heated dispute and lawsuit threat has now led to the departure of three more captains from the show.

For those of you who are unaware of the situation, allow us to first fill you in. It all started not too long ago when it was reported that the network was planning to sue cast members and brothers Andy Hillstrand and Johnathan Hillstrand, Co-Captains of the Time Bandit, who were doing work on a planned spinoff series called Hillstranded. According to Discovery, the brothers failed to complete work on the spinoff, forcing them to sue for $3 million. The Hillstrand brothers’ lawyer, Jeff Cohen, claimed that this was an act of extortion on his clients, and that they would have to sell their boats and fire their crews if the lawsuit was presented.

Captain Sig Hansen, who runs the Northwestern, then stepped in to share his views on the possible lawsuit with some not-so-kind words for the network. Hansen shares the same lawyer as the Hillstrands, and is obviously also friends with them, so it’s not surprising that he would faithfully take their side in this.

Even while handling this fragile situation, Discovery insisted that they had full plans of returning to the dangerous waters and filming their seventh season beginning next month. But these are blue collar, hard working, and full of pride fishermen, and it was hard to believe that some backlash would not come of Discovery’s hardball maneuver…which has now ultimately proven to be true.

In a joint statement released by the Hillstrands and Hansen, the trio explained that they’re simply unable to continue with the series:

We have been through a lot over the past year and unfortunately given the current situation with Discovery we are unable to continue participating in ‘Deadliest Catch.’ It has been a fantastic ride, and we wish the best to all of the amazing and supportive ‘Catch’ fans we have met over the years.

Now the question becomes just how well Deadliest Catch will do now. Not only have they lost Phil Harris, but now all three of these popular captains over a lawsuit. And though Harris’s sons now run his boat, the show will also lose the Hillstrands’ Time Bandit, Hansen’s Northwestern, and both crews. Given that the boats sometimes feel like characters on the show as well, this is a major loss and you wonder if they can find a way to recover. Also, this might not even be the end of it; who knows how many other captains and crews will take offense to Discovery’s actions and stand up to them. As Hansen said in a statement before the decision to leave the show, “I want people to know the captains stand together, and me and my brothers support them 100 percent.”

[Source: Yahoo!]


  1. This could be the end of the show. I hope Discovery finds a way to make it work.

    Comment by 215Ink — September 29, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

  2. Hell. No Sig, no Catch. That bastard rocks. Discovery needs to remember that it’s the people that make the show.

    Comment by Heath — September 29, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

  3. Said it before – no Time Bandit, no Northwestern, no reason to watch. I’ll definitely miss my favorite boats.

    Comment by Laura — September 30, 2010 @ 10:01 am

  4. this really pisses me off! No sig andy or jonathon I’m done watching. GOD BLESS PHIL HARRIS!

    Comment by tim — January 23, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

  5. Yes that’s BS all discovery is thinking about them self

    Comment by Lupesnoop — April 11, 2011 @ 12:58 am

  6. This has been my favorite show since it’s begining. Loosing Phil was a very emotional thing for alot of fans, but now loosing Sig, Jonathon and Andy because of stupidity, it has lost this fan. Those Guys are what it is all about, hard work and deadication.

    Comment by John — April 20, 2011 @ 1:02 am

  7. What we fans need to do is ban together and Boycott thier sponsers! This show has the highest Ad Space of all the channel networks! The fans stop buying product, sponsers lose money, no income no show!!!

    Comment by Btwoeagles — July 11, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

  8. sad Discovery real sad andy,johnathon,sig are the show. shouldn,t it be about what the fans want.

    Comment by leeanne — May 17, 2014 @ 3:23 am

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