One “Deadliest Catch” star missing was missing during the pre-season episode, but it doesn't mean he's gone for good.
Elliott Neese, captain of the Ramblin’ Rose, was absent from the "Mutiny on the Bering Sea” episode, according to Yahoo News, but Neese implied, through his Twitter account, that it doesn’t mean he’ll be missing during the ninth season: "…don’t believe everything you see,” he tweeted on Thursday to one of his fans.
“In all honesty, I’m kinda not surprised Elliott isn’t here this year,” Yahoo News quoted Sig Hansen, captain of the F/V Northwestern.
Scott Campbell from the Seabrooke said in lieu of Neese being MIA: “He should be up here; he should already be ready to go.”
Missing the pre-season show hasn’t been Neese’s only problem. State Wildlife Troopers fined him after season 8 when the youngest captain on the show had possession of undersized St. Matthew blue king crab.
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“I bought my own boat to prove stupid people like you wrong ” Neese tweeted on Thursday, making it seem unlikely he won’t be a part of the newest season. He added: “Crew showed up today really gettin to work on the boat we have 2 months to do a total retrofit/ makeover I hope we can make our deadline!!”
“This year a lot of young guys are trying to get a start, make a name for themselves,” Hansen told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview this week.
The show is going to continue to focus on the captains as they search for crab and fight the unforgiving weather conditions on the Bering Sea. Hansen added there will be additional conflict between the show’s members.
“When you’ve got guys that are hungry, that’s when things get nasty, that’s when the gloves are off -- especially when you’ve got experienced and inexperienced people playing in the same sandbox. That’s when it’s a war," Hansen said.
A statement from Discovery about the new season read:
“While the skippers wage war for crab supremacy, the youth seek opportunity. Time Bandit deckhand Josh Harris attempts to keep his father’s fishing legacy alive, while on the Northwestern, both Edgar Hanson and Jake Anderson’s quest for a captain’s chair becomes closer to reality.”
Check out “Deadliest Catch” in its ninth season on Discovery at 9 p.m. EDT every Tuesday.