BELOW Deck Down Under fired two crew members after a controversy erupted over the boundaries of a third and fourth castmate.
After an incident that caused producers to rush to defuse the scene, Captain Jason Chambers had to fire Luke Jones and Bileskaline from the show.
What happened to Luke and Laura from Below Deck Down Under?
On August 7, 2023, it was revealed that Captain Jason had fired Luke and Laura from Below Deck Down Under for two incidents of sexual misconduct involving Margot Sisson and Adam Kodra.
During Monday’s episode, the Northern Star’s shipmates celebrated in Cairns, Australia.
While out on the town together, viewers saw Margot get drunk when Luke tried to flirt with her.
Eventually, Margot retired for the night and a barely dressed Luke entered her room and asked her if she wanted to join him in the hot tub.
When the stewardess refused his advances, she told her crewmate Aesha Scott, “I don’t want to go in the hot tub.”
“I’d like to go to bed. I just want water and bed, no, Luke.”
Later in the episode, Luke re-entered Margot’s room wearing only a towel.
Then he crawled into her bed and climbed under the covers with her.
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The producers then intervened and asked him to leave Margot’s room.
He told the producers to “piss off” and slammed the door to their room.
When the production crew asked him to leave, Luke opened the door and walked out naked.
The next day, Margot recalled, “I woke up with a weird feeling and I knew what happened was not okay.”
“I was like, ‘Am I going to wake up and he’s still here and I just have to keep my cool?’
“But I’m glad that’s not the case because that would be really hard for me. I just feel stupid.”
Meanwhile, Captain Jason dismissed Luke, saying: “Lines were crossed last night.”
“There was indecency and you went into someone else’s cabin without consent.
“Unfortunately, I have no choice but to terminate your employment.”
Luke replied to the captain, “I accept that. I’m sorry and I’m just so disappointed in myself.”
Laura also attacked Adam last night, but her advances were not returned.
Adam told Aesha, “I think she thinks I’m playing around because I’m nice to it.”
“I don’t want to get anyone in trouble or anything, but maybe I need to take it more seriously.”
As a result, Captain Jason fired Laura as well.
He explained to her, “Two things … First, after a few moments, Adam feels uncomfortable, and he tried to say no, and you didn’t listen to him and he wasn’t given any boundaries.”
“I’m trying to move forward as a team. I’m trying to get this over with and you brought it right back upstairs.”
“That’s why I’m going to terminate your employment today.
“In the environment I’m trying to create, I can’t go on with you as part of the team.”
Who are some notable cast members from Below Deck?
Below Deck airs on Bravo. Set on a superyacht and following the crew, the reality series has three spin-offs: Below Deck Mediterranean, Below Deck Down Under, and Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Below is a full list of some notable performers:
How did Luke and Laura react?
After the episode aired, Laura took to Instagram to address the matter.
“My sincere apologies to Adam, I didn’t realize I made him uncomfortable and no one should be put in that position,” she told her followers.
“And for Margot, for not being able to show sympathy. I was 29 when the show was filmed, 30 changed my life.”
“I’m 31 now and I watch it like all of you, an entertainment show.”
While Luke didn’t address the matter directly, he liked Laura’s input, sharing, “It doesn’t matter what they think of you because you don’t care.”
“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective. Not the truth. Take responsibility and move forward.”
How can I watch Below Deck Down Under?
On July 17, 2023, Below Deck Down Under celebrated its second season over Bravo.
Every Monday at 8 p.m. EST, the show premieres a new episode.
After airing on the network, the new episodes will be available on Peacock.
Down Under is the third spin-off from Below Deck; The franchise debuted on July 1, 2013.