Below Deck’s new chief stewardess Francesca Rubi laughed off Malia White and Hannah Ferrier’s drugs drama on social media.
The newbie joined the boat-based reality series at the beginning of season eight, to replace Kate Chastain.
Taking to Instagram, she shared a meme from a Bravo fan page, which showed herself and stewardess Ashling Lorger as they played a statue game in the van during a night out.
‘When someone mentions Valium around Malia,’ the caption read.
Posting it on her own story, Francesca simply tagged her co-star, as well as the original page.
In case you happened to miss out on the most dramatic storyline to rock the franchise, Below Deck Mediterranean star Hannah was fired from the Bravo show midway through season five – which was filmed in Spain.
Things kicked off when Bosun Malia sent Captain Sandy a photo showing a prescription box of Valium, a THC pen and a personalised passport holder with Hannah’s initials – with the chief stew asked to leave the boat shortly after.
The move was met with a huge backlash from viewers – especially as she later produced a medical prescription for the tablets as she suffers with anxiety, and she also stated that the THC pen contained a CBD oil, which is legal in Spain.
Various members of the Below Deck gang have come out in support of Hannah over the scenes, with Captain Lee branding the way she was treated ‘irresponsible’.
‘I think that, had Hannah not been able to produce a prescription for the Valium that she had on board or whatever it was, then I would have terminated her as well,’ he told Metro.co.uk
‘But if she had a prescription for it… I’m not a doctor, I don’t have the authority to prevent somebody from taking properly prescribed medicine by a licensed physician.
‘Doing that, to me, is irresponsible and I certainly wouldn’t be presumptuous enough to put myself in the same category as a duly licensed doctor.
‘If she didn’t have a prescription for it, that’s a horse of a different colour.’
Eddie Lucas also had his say on Watch What Happens Live, stating Malia should have handled it very differently.
When Andy Cohen asked what he would have done if he had stumbled on a crew member’s drugs, he said: ‘If I found that stuff probably the first thing I would have done [is] go talk directly to the person, and been like, “Get rid of it. Get it off the boat and let’s never speak of this again.”
‘But if the crews’ or guests’ safety was at all in jeopardy from her behaviour, or from taking the drugs, then absolutely I would have brought it to the captain’s attention.
‘And if that’s THC or CBD, I don’t know. But I think the first line of order would have been drug testing.
‘That really is the normal procedure in that case.’
Below Deck is available to stream on hayu, with season eight episodes dropping every Tuesday.
Credit: Original article published here.