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Three 'Deadliest Catch' captains quit show




tbd-sighansen093010.jpgIt hasn't been a good season for Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch: First Capt. Phil Harris died, and now three boat captains say they've left the show after a legal entanglement involving a spinoff. Looks like the Bering Strait isn't the only place that's frigid on that series.

Captains Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand of the Time Bandit (above) and Sig Hansen of the Northwestern (left) told the Hollywood Reporter that they won't continue on the show because of litigation over Discovery's $3 million suit against the Hillstrands, who were planning to star in a one-time special called Hillstranded. The Hillstrands refused to sit for interviews for the show, so Discovery sued them. The Hillstrands' lawyer called the suit attempted "extortion" and said the captains would have to sell their boats in order to pay legal bills, leading the pair to quit Catch; Hansen said he was quitting to support his fellow fishermen.

"We have been through a lot over the past year and unfortunately given the current situation with Discovery we are unable to continue participating in Deadliest Catch," the trio said in a joint written statement. "It has been a fantastic ride, and we wish the best to all of the amazing and supportive Catch fans we have met over the years."

Hansen has been on the show since it started in 2005 and the Hillstrands joined a year later. Filming is slated to start in October, as crab season opens, although it sounds like all these guys are already pretty crabby.

[Photos: Discovery Channel]


[Last modified: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 3:21pm]


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