Captain Lee Says ‘Below Deck’ Departure ‘Came Out of Left Field’

An unplanned exit. Captain Lee was simply as shocked as Beneath Deck followers by the information of his absence from season 11.

“That got here proper out of left discipline. I didn’t see that one coming in any respect,” the captain, 73, completely advised Us Weekly about his departure from the Bravo franchise whereas selling his partnership with Dramamine earlier this month.

The previous actuality star famous that the community didn’t share an actual cause for the choice. “We wish to transfer in a brand new route,” Lee recalled being advised about his offscreen exit. “However I imply, that’s sort of a cliche that everyone makes use of after they discover themselves in that scenario the place they’re going to let any individual go. ‘I’m going to maneuver in a brand new route. We need to freshen it up a bit of.’ [They are] drained cliches that get overused.”

Viewers initially noticed the Michigan native go away throughout season 10 to deal with his well being points. He was changed by Beneath Deck Mediterranean‘s Captain Sandy earlier than returning to complete out the tip of the constitution season. Us broke the information in February that Lee would get replaced by Beneath Deck Journey‘s Captain Kerry for season 11 as new episodes movie in Grenada.

Lee has since hinted {that a} return to Beneath Deck sooner or later isn’t off the desk, telling Us, “In the event that they discovered that they wanted me again on the present, I’d return. I’ve executed it for 10 years and I might sort of prefer to — if I’m going to make an exit — do it on totally different phrases.”

The TV persona, who appeared on the present since its 2013 debut, additionally mirrored on what he would have executed in a different way in his closing season.

“I remorse that I couldn’t do the entire season. I actually do. I by no means stop something in my life and for me to stroll off that boat was onerous. To confess that I’d been defeated — or not less than knocked down — and getting [out] was not [ideal],” Lee continued. “I needed to get again up and get again to the boat, which I completed and felt actually, actually good about. However having to inform the crew that I needed to go away as a result of at that time I used to be extra of a legal responsibility than I used to be an asset — it’s onerous to confess to your self.”

Lee has since shifted his focus by teaming up with Dramamine to launch their Ditch the Drama Sweepstakes. The raffle provides three winners the possibility to expertise a dream trip to their prime vacation spot wherever on the earth — all deliberate by the journey specialists at Travelocity.

“Planning holidays and stuff is tough on folks. First, they need to agree on the place to go and when to go and the way a lot they’ll afford. After which we now have to pack and who’s going to look at the canine,” the Bravo star defined to Us. “However Dramamine is saying, ‘We’ll handle the drama for you. We’ll get all of it out of the way in which.’ They’re going to offer away three grand prizes, which consists of a visit wherever on the earth of your selection.”

He added: “They usually’re going to handle all of the planning. All the pieces’s going to be set out and laid out for you. They’re going to take away all of the drama out of your summer time trip plans. If you wish to enter — and you may enter as many instances as you need — there isn’t any buy crucial.”

Dramamine’s Ditch the Drama Sweepstakes is open now.

With reporting by Christina Garibaldi