During an interview with Headliner Chicago, “Deadliest Catch” star Captain “Wild” Bill Wichrowski explained that the one surefire way to find yourself removed from the boat is refusing to get in front of the camera. “There’s other guys that don’t want anything to do with the camera. And honestly, we’re kind of a joint-operation boat. You have to be active with the camera and be a good fisherman.” Wild Bill said. “You can’t just go, ‘Oh, I don’t want to do this,’ or we’ll just replace ya. That’s the way it goes.”
Although it certainly makes sense that the ships featured on “Deadliest Catch” would want to hire fishermen who actively participate in the long-running reality series that helps to drive their business, it is still quite shocking to realize that the captains are willing to replace people simply because they don’t like being on camera. Considering that the series constantly reiterates how important it is to find reliable, talented crew members to keep everyone safe, the fact that some deckhands could be fired regardless of their skill seems completely absurd.
Wild Bill’s comments make it abundantly clear that engaging with the cameras is an essential part of being a deckhand on “Deadliest Catch” — adding yet another requirement to an already extremely demanding profession and making it certain that the one surefire way to get removed from the series is to avoid the cameras.