• Captain Sandy Yawn said the video of her seemingly discussing Malia White's sexuality was "edited" and was just a "joke"
  • She revealed that she talked to White "immediately" after the clip went viral
  • Yawn said she believes White would be a great captain because she "gets the facts" and "is focused"

"Below Deck Mediterranean's" Captain Sandy Yawn has opened up about the viral clip of her seemingly discussing co-star Malia White's sexuality.

Yawn made it clear that it was a joke and admitted that she didn't think it would get so much attention. But the reality star said she is taking the experience as a learning lesson.

"It was edited. It wasn’t meant for the public. It was a joke," Yawn, 56, told Us Weekly about the context of the clip while promoting her Lead-Her-Ship Tour. "Malia and I talked immediately."

She acknowledged that "things could have been handled differently." However, Yawn said the debacle shaped her view of White, 31.

"This is why I know she’ll make a great captain," Yawn continued. "She knew immediately. I apologized … and she saw the real video. That’s why she will make a great captain. She gets the facts, you know? She’s on a career path and I’m proud of her. I don’t care what anyone says about her. She is on a career path. She’s focused."

A clip from Cameo went viral in September last year after Yawn was seemingly discussing White's sexuality.

"Malia, I think, secretly gay, to be honest. That’s my opinion. Everybody in production thinks that," Yawn said in the clip before adding, "This is going to be public, isn’t it? So maybe, who knows?"

Yawn immediately took to social media to clarify the clip. She urged fans not to take her words literally and issued an apology to her Bravo co-star.

"I was wrong for making that comment, that clip was taken out of context," she wrote on her Instagram Stories at the time. "That clip was taken out of context, it was sliced to make it into something it was not. My apologies to Malia!"

Addressing the controversy, White told Us Weekly in July that while she's aware Yawn didn't mean any harm, she wished that her boss understood the consequences of her comments more.

"I think when that kind of hit the fan, she was kinda like, 'Well, I was just kidding,' and she didn’t realize the consequences it would have for me and with my family and friends," White explained. "So she did apologize, and I was like, 'It's not a big deal.' It just was not something I needed."

"Below Deck Mediterranean" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EDT on Bravo. New episodes will drop one week early on Mondays on Peacock.

Below Deck Med Season 5 Cast
The cast of Season 5 of Bravo's "Below Deck Meditteranean" is pictured. Laurent Basset/Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo