If you’re going to say something mean about Daisy Kelliher, say it to her face. It’s a lesson the Below Deck Sailing Yacht chief stewardess learned for herself by watching back season 2 of the show, seeing her interactions with Chef Natasha De Bourg and First Officer Gary King play out, with the added benefit of watching their green-screen confessional interviews and interactions with the other crew members.
“Natasha made it very obvious that she had a problem with me, which I appreciated more,” Daisy admits to ET, Zooming in from a boat outside of Spain (and, no, she’s not filming any version of Below Deck). “Whereas with Gary, it was a bit like, ‘Why didn’t you say that to my face?’ We could have been a really strong team.”
“His comments in the green screen surprised me more than Natasha’s,” she adds, which is saying something, seeing as Natasha called Daisy a “b**ch” more than once in her confessionals.
“I was quite offended, because I constantly went up to Gary confronting him, being like, ‘I heard this. I feel like you have a problem with me. Is there an issue? I’m not offended. Let’s talk about this,’ because I liked him a lot, and he’s a good worker,” she says. “I just didn’t get what the issue was with me, and I constantly created this safe environment for him to talk to me. He was like, ‘No. There’s no issue. There’s no issues.’ So, I’m like, oh, OK. Then I go back and it was just this constant circle.”
That cycle continues as the second half of season 2 begins, as first teased in the midseason trailer, with Gary declaring the one thing he would change about the charter is Daisy, to which she responds, “Im sick of being made out to be the fking bch of the group.”
“I think he was quite intimidated by me, and I think he was kind of scared of me,” she surmises. “I think he likes to be liked. I think he didn’t like that I was quite upfront, and I think he was a bit. like, ‘I don’t know how to handle this.’ So, I think his way of handling it was b**ching and maybe stirring a bit.”
Gary King and Daisy Kelliher on Below Deck Sailing Yacht
“It was just this back and forth,” Daisy says. “I learned a lot from the season, as well. Maybe I’m a bit set in my ways, but I was just asking for a bit of help. I never threw [his] department under the bus, never said they were s**t at their job. I never said they were doing bad. I just said, if you’re sitting around, come and wash a couple of dishes. But that seemed to be a bigger issue.”
Daisy hints that she and Gary never get to the crux of their feud, but does share that she and Natasha have gotten to a better place. Natasha even recently apologized for her behavior on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen.
“She texted me saying, ‘I’m sorry that I called you a b**ch,’ and I was like, ‘Natasha, we both knew we were going to slag each other off,'” Daisy says. “She did say that she wanted to publicly apologize, I said she didn’t have to, that it was between us. If she wanted to for herself then to go ahead, but I didn’t feel the necessity to do that.”
A lot of Daisy and Natasha’s disagreements were rooted in guest feedback, which Natasha took as personal before watching the episodes.
“I think Natasha’s a bit newer to the industry than I am, and a big part of my job is eavesdropping into conversations and passing feedback,” Daisy notes. “It’s a crappy part of my job, but often the guests will say to the chef, ‘That was amazing. That was incredible.’ Then they’ll pull me aside and say, ‘Oh, there was a little bit too much salt,’ or, ‘It was a little bit heavy.'”
“But that’s what I get paid for, and somebody has to do it,” she continues. “I think Natasha missed the memo somewhere along there that I’ve never seen guests give a chef criticism, ever, ever, ever in my life, because that is my job. That’s what I’m paid to do. I think we all learned a lot from this season, and it was great that she was able to learn that next time somebody says something it’s like, don’t shoot the messenger.”