• Captain Lee Rosbach starred on Bravo’s Beneath Deck for ten seasons between 2013 and 2023.
  • He is not going to be returning for the eleventh season, which is predicted to premiere within the fall of 2023.
  • Captain Lee had again surgical procedure on the finish of 2021 and has suffered from nerve points.

Beneath Deck is not going to be the identical when it returns for its eleventh season later this yr. That’s as a result of Captain Lee Rosbach will now not be a part of the solid, regardless of main the helm for the present’s ten earlier seasons. “I didn’t stop. I didn’t retire,” Captain Lee advised The Sun Sentinel in April 2023. “I used to be simply not invited again.”

Ever since taking a foul fall in 2020, Captain Lee has suffered from mobility points, however mentioned that his physician has solely been in a position to diagnose him with a “nerve situation.” The 73-year-old even needed to take a short hiatus from season 10 of Beneath Deck as he struggled together with his situation. Sadly, the uncertainty meant a troublesome determination needed to be made, and Captain Lee will likely be changed by Beneath Deck Journey star Captain Kerry Titheradge for season 11, in accordance with Entertainment Tonight.

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Captain Lee for ‘Beneath Deck.’ (Laurent Bassett/Bravo)

Be taught extra about Captain Lee’s damage, situation and future with Beneath Deck right here.

How Did Captain Lee Injure Himself?

Season 8 of Beneath Deck premiered within the fall of 2020 and kicked off with Captain Lee within the hospital. The very morning that Captain Lee and his crew have been speculated to embark on the constitution season, he fell within the bathe and damage his ribs. “I don’t know why they gave me this little postage stamp of a bathmat to step onto once I get out of the bathe,” he advised The Each day Dish. “And the door doesn’t open out, it opens in. So it’s important to type of stand off to the aspect so as to get out of the bathe, after which the sink’s proper there in your proper. I ought to’ve put a towel down or one thing as a result of it’s marble flooring and marble on water will get actually slippery. I simply slipped and fell into the sink.”

Though the Captain was in a position to make it to his bunk, he realized that he wanted to be checked out by a physician. “Once I tried to get again up once more, I assumed, ‘Okay, that is worse than I figured,’” he admitted. The medical examination confirmed that Captain Lee didn’t break any bones or injury any organs. Nevertheless, he was left with a bruise “concerning the measurement of a soccer,” he mentioned.

Captain Lee was in a position to return to work for the primary constitution, however admitted that transferring, respiratory, yawning and laughter all brought on ache. He was in a position to “grind it out” to get the job performed, although. “I didn’t hesitate,” he mentioned. “We have been gonna get this season in and I used to be gonna be there, no matter it took. You don’t count on your crew to face and ship in the event you’re not prepared to do the identical factor. So if I’m telling them to suck it up, I rattling certain higher be able to do the identical factor myself.”

Why Was Captain Lee Lacking From ‘Beneath Deck’ Season 9?

After sticking it out to movie all the present’s eighth season, Captain Lee was lacking for episodes one and two of season 9 within the fall of 2021. Though he finally returned, followers have been involved about his absence on the time. Lee didn’t specify why he was M.I.A., however mentioned {that a} “situation” that was “not associated to COVID-19” led to his late arrival.

“I’m a lot better,” he advised E! News afterward. “The timing was primarily screwed up. As a result of we now have such a decent capturing schedule, it was crucial that the company’ charters begin and finish on time, so it didn’t have a domino impact and affect each constitution after that. It’s a very distinctive yr.”

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Captain Lee with Kate Chastain on the season 10 premiere occasion. (Larry Marano/Shutterstock)

With COVID-19 nonetheless a significant component when season 9 filmed in 2021, lots of various things needed to be taken under consideration earlier than filming. “A whole lot of issues that we’re used to doing, we couldn’t do as a result of we needed to keep inside the confines of our bubble,” Lee defined. “So we needed to improvise in some conditions, which isn’t a foul factor.”

As soon as he was again together with his crew, Lee was thrilled and able to work. “It actually felt good to get again on that water,” he gushed. “Once I lastly received onboard, I used to be the happiest man on the earth.”

Why Did Captain Lee Have A Cane?

Season 10 of Beneath Deck aired within the fall of 2022 and filmed earlier that yr. Earlier than filming started, Captain Lee underwent again surgical procedure in Dec. 2021. He broke the information on Twitter whereas clapping again at a critic. “Simply an FYI, I’ve been in a hospital mattress all week recovering from a severe spinal damage,” he wrote on Dec. 15, 2021. “Do I owe you a proof?” He additionally confirmed to a fan that he suffered from “severe spinal stenosis.”

After the surgical procedure, Captain Lee needed to stroll with a cane, and he was utilizing it within the season 10 premiere of Beneath Deck. “I’ve a nerve situation on my left aspect, so I’m going to rely on you guys in some areas,” he advised his crew on the time. Issues received worse as filming continued, although. “My damage is getting worse,” he admitted. “The left aspect of my physique, I don’t really feel something.”

What Is Spinal Stenosis?

“Spinal Stenosis occurs when the area contained in the spine is simply too small,” in accordance with the Mayo Clinic. It “happens most frequently within the decrease again and neck.” The situation is normally attributable to “wear-and-tear adjustments within the backbone associated to arthritis.” Some sufferers, like Captain Lee, qualify for surgical procedure, which might create extra space contained in the backbone.

Why Did Captain Lee Depart ‘Beneath Deck’?

By the top of episode 4 of Beneath Deck’s tenth season, Captain Lee knew he needed to pack his baggage. “There comes a degree, the place a captain is basically being goal, he ought to be placing the most effective pursuits of his crew first as a result of that’s your major accountability,” Lee defined. “As quickly as you step onboard, test your f****** ego on the dock.”

He referred to as the crew collectively to allow them to know of his determination. “As you guys know, I’ve been battling my mobility, and it’s been arduous,” he shared. “I’ve allow you to guys down and for that I apologize. I’ve decided to go away the boat.”

Nevertheless, Lee returned for the ultimate three episodes of the season. “I made a promise to the crew earlier than I left that I might be again earlier than they have been performed, earlier than the season was over, and I might stroll on board on my own, unassisted,” he advised PEOPLE. “I’m joyful to say that I used to be in a position to fulfill the promise. That was a really proud second for me. I needed to have the ability to end what I began.”

He additionally defined how he was in a position to get his well being again to the place it wanted to be for a return. “The progress with nerves is basically sluggish,” Lee admitted. “Nerves regenerate about 4 millimeters a month. And if I needed to get again, I needed to bust my hump and never take note of the nerve situation, however take note of getting the muscle tissue stronger so I may carry out my duties. I had atrophy, the place my muscle tissue had weakened due to underuse. In order that’s what I focused on — the muscle tissue.”

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Captain Lee and ‘Beneath Deck’ solid at BravoCon. (Gregory Tempo/Shutterstock)

When the episode aired in Dec. 2022, he gave followers an replace on his situation through Twitter. “I’m doing simply fantastic and getting higher day by day,” he wrote. Nonetheless, docs have been unable to supply a proof for the nerve situation, and mentioned that his earlier again and neck operations weren’t the trigger.

Why Is Captain Lee Not Coming Again For Season 11 Of ‘Beneath Deck’?

Sadly, his future on the present was nonetheless in jeopardy. In Feb. 2023, Leisure Tonight and Us Weekly each confirmed that Lee wouldn’t be returning to Beneath Deck for its eleventh season. The websites additionally revealed Captain Kerry Titheradge as his alternative.

On the time, although, Captain Lee was not prepared to substantiate the information himself. “Who mentioned that, not me,” he tweeted in response to a fan asking concerning the hypothesis. He additionally advised his supporters to not “learn an excessive amount of into” something concerning the scenario.

Lee has insisted that his departure from the present was not a choice that was made by him, however mentioned he understood why Bravo needed to let him go. “I suppose I can see their perspective,” he mentioned in his Solar Sentinel interview. “They actually couldn’t get a straight reply from anybody on how my well being was.” He additionally added, “We got here to an settlement, and I’m going to be performing some issues for them within the subsequent yr.” He continued, “Then, Season 12? I think about they will see what occurs with Season 11, with any individual new attempting to take over for me, see how they do. If it’s too costly for them, we’ll see what occurs. If the numbers take a tank, would I am going again? Yeah.”

Nevertheless, he beforehand expressed his need to by no means retire, so who is aware of if it will likely be the final we see of him! “I feel retirement is extremely overrated,” he advised E! News in Nov. 2022. “You possibly can solely go fishing a lot, you may solely play golf a lot. Individuals have to remain productive, in any other case they need to simply begin getting out the shovel.”

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