Daisy Kelliher spoke out over fan fears that she will be leaving Below Deck Sailing Yacht after season four.
The chief stewardess first stepped on board Parsifal III in the second series and became an instant favorite with viewers, thanks to her efforts with guests, and her ability to put bosun Gary King firmly in his place when needed.
However, she hasn’t had a smooth start to the current series and was seen breaking down in an emotional trailer – before that kiss with Colin Macrae threw us all for a loop.
The tough scenes sparked speculation that she could soon announce her exit from the Bravo program but, speaking to Metro.co.uk, Daisy insisted that there is nothing to be concerned about.
‘I think that’s interesting when I see that,’ she said of the rumors. ‘I think people are just so shocked when they see me cry. Even the crew were like, “Oh, my God, what the hell is going on?” I am not a robot, I have feelings, I have emotions. I’m actually quite an emotional person, I’m just good at hiding it from work.
‘This is not the first time I’ve cried at work, I’ve cried at work many a time, it’s just the first time I’ve cried during Below Deck. It’s my job and I’ve been doing this for 10 years, I don’t walk away because I have one little breakdown. I would have walked away a long time ago if that was the case.
‘I don’t know what’s going to happen with season five – that I can’t confirm, I don’t know what’s happening. But yachting is, for sure, not out of the picture. And definitely being on another season is not out of the picture.’
So far this season, we’ve seen the boat break down shortly before Captain Glenn Shephard was due to set sail, Gary was also forced to miss out after testing positive for Covid and Daisy had to juggle all the requests from guests while also training a green interior crew.
It was seriously enough to make even the most patient person consider a Rocky-style jump into the water.
The yachtie explained that a lot of the stress she faced stemmed from battling ‘all these obstacles’ while also being in front of the cameras for a third time – something that added to the pressure of fearing that she couldn’t ‘mess up’.
‘In season one, I was just going to try my hardest, whereas now, that’s not a good enough excuse, I actually have to pretend to be good at this,’ she continued. ‘I don’t know if the guys felt that as well. But definitely the boat acting up was a huge pressure to everyone.
‘And just the different crew members automatically [add] pressure, I’m always like, “Oh, what’s going to kick off next?” The little triangle between Gary, me and Colin was a big stress factor, I think for all of us. There’s just a lot of stress to be honest.’
Daisy conceded that she can be seen as ‘unflappable’ for the most part and is normally fine being the ‘butt of jokes’, but admitted that her trigger point was pushed in the upcoming episodes, after her work was ‘nitpicked’ on board.
She confessed that seeing Gary describing her as ‘unprofessional’ really didn’t help matters when she has worked so hard.
‘I have warned people [that] , as I get older, I do have a trigger point. I’m human and I’m just like everybody else,’ she said. ‘I’m always the butt of the joke and that’s fine, I’ll take it if everyone needs that … I think people see me as being able to handle it, which a lot of the time I can.
‘But when I’m tired or I feel like I’ve upset someone, or I’m not doing a good job, or I hear the same thing over and over again, of course, that’s going to build up and it’s going to make me crack.
‘I think you can see in the first couple of episodes. I feel like I’m being a little bit nitpicked. That’s hard for me to watch. Gary calling me unprofessional when his hair is all over the place and his shirt isn’t tucked in. But I’m unprofessional?
‘Eventually, I get to a point where I can only hear that so much. It takes everyone aback, I think everyone was a bit like, “Whoa, like, we’ve never seen her be this upset”. Well, I’m human, if you’re going to keep at me, eventually you’re going to break me. I have a breaking point like everyone else, and unfortunately, this season is the season where you see it get broken.
‘That’s part of being a chief stew and part of being in a work environment. I’m good at hiding it and shielding it all. I care about my job, and I care about people around me, so it’s going to affect me.’
Below Deck Sailing Yacht airs on Mondays on Bravo and is available to stream the same day on hayu.
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