‘Below Deck Med’ Executive Producer Was Shocked When She Learned Hannah Ferrier Had Valium On the Boat

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Below Deck Mediterranean government producer Nadine Rajabi says she was shocked to be taught that chief stew Hannah Ferrier introduced valium on board the boat this season.

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She solely discovered concerning the treatment when Yawn found it through a photograph despatched to her from bosun Malia White. During a cabin swap, White snapped a photograph of Ferrier’s prescription valium and CBD pen. She later texted the picture to Yawn. Yawn is seen in her cabin at evening wanting on the picture in shock. “Wow,” Yawn softly says as she views the picture.

“I have to be honest. My heart sank,” Rajabi informed Vanity Fair. “It was very shocking.” Rajabi has discussed the franchise prior to now and leaned towards the extra comedic and lighthearted moments from the present. She additionally shared she might really feel the heaviness when the present would take a darker flip.

The second in Captain Sandy’s workplace was unprecedented

Clearly rattled, Yawn referred to as Ferrier into her workplace to debate the findings. She invitations a witness, the primary mate who will not be featured on the present to undergo protocol. “We have never had anything like this. It was completely unexpected,” Rajabi informed Vanity Fair.

“A lot of times we don’t know what’s happening [because there are so many cameras rolling at all times], but the beauty of the show is the whole boat is rigged,” Rajabi shared. “I said, ‘Can you guys go back and see if Hannah was taking any sort of pills? Is there a Valium box? Is there a pill?’ So we basically have to back out of it to see, does the evidence exist?”

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She knew that the crew needed to comply with the regulation and producers couldn’t intervene. “The truth is, maritime law was broken, and Sandy had to make a decision,” Rajabi explains. “And the decision was, she has a reputation at sea. It was all being recorded. It’s almost like a police body cam. Sandy could have been in really big trouble had she not reported it.”

Rajabi needs that Ferrier had simply been upfront from the start. “We’ve had a lot of shocking things,” she stated. “That was one of those things where it was like, ‘Just tell us the truth before we start shooting. Because no matter what, the truth always comes out, and the cameras always catch it.’” She recalled how White and chef Adam Glick lied about hooking up earlier than the beginning of the present throughout season 2. The relationship was finally revealed and Glick broke the fourth wall.

She hates to observe the solid battle

Rajabi opened up concerning the moments she loves (and doesn’t love) whereas producing the present. “I also live for the moments where after you drop off the guests and [the crew] has their nights out. And they come back to the boat and they’ve all been drinking. I mean talk about watching funny drunk people.” she stated on the Bleav No Script No Problem podcast.

“I wish people could watch the raw footage because the stuff you see in people’s bunks or what they’re doing,” she continued including that she cries from laughing. “I’m laughing with them. I’m crying with them. The parts that hurt me are when I watch them fight. I, personally as a human being, wanna go like, ‘You guys please just stop fighting!’ But I can’t! I have to let it all unfold and it kills me.” 

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Before season 5 started, Rajabi teased about how the season has ups and downs.  “As a producer, I don’t love seeing the downs, but it’s real life and just like the viewers, we are watching it unfold in real-time,” she shared with Decider. “It’s the takeaway that’s important.”

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