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Captain Phil fans-3 captains quit Deadlist Catch
September 29, 2010
7:44 pm
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Looks like this will probably kill the show IMHO. Fans loved Captain Phil, and took a real liking to some of the others. Capt. Sig was on Jay Leno a few months ago, and I expected from that show he might have been on Dancing with the Stars this year.

"Deadliest Catch" stars quit Discovery show
By Matthew Belloni
Wed Sep 29, 2:11 AM PDT

A trio of stars of Discovery's hit reality series "Deadliest Catch" have left the show.

Capts. Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand -- who were sued earlier this month by Discovery for allegedly not performing work on a planned spinoff special -- as well as Capt. Sig Hansen, said in a statement Tuesday that they were "unable" to continue on the series due to the litigation.

"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 three crab fishermen 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."

A statement from Discovery was not forthcoming.

The network sued the Hillstrands for $3 million claiming they failed to show up to finish work on "Hillstranded," a planned "Catch" spinoff. The Hillstrands' lawyer Jeff Cohen then called the suit an attempt to "extort" his clients and said the lawsuit could force them to sell their boats and fire their crews. Hansen, also repped by Cohen, later weighed in, backing the Hillstrands, slamming Discovery and saying, "I want people to know the captains stand together, and me and my brothers support them 100 percent."

Hansen, captain of the Northwestern, has been a fixture on "Catch" since its first season premiered in 2005. The Hillstrands, captains of the Time Bandit, joined in Season 2. Filming on the seventh season of the Emmy-nominated series is scheduled to begin as crab season starts in October. But barring any reconciliation, it now appears the show will be down three captains (in addition to Capt. Phil Harris, who died earlier this year).

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October 4, 2010
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Gutted, those 4 Captains were my favorites, I probably won't be watching the new series without them. Was gutted when Capt Phil died 🙁

October 4, 2010
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Maybe the show has run its course Angel. I hope not, I love the show, but lets face it, its the same thing everyweek. WE also got into Ice Road Truckers, and I'm getting the feeling after several seasons, they may be running their course too. We started to watch the most dangerous roads where they are on these goat trail roads in the India Hymalaya's. After one episode, I think it will not last at all. After on gasp at the road, I think you are so turned off by the country, poverty, traffic, trucks, its all just depressing. Deadlist Catch and Ice Road, really are the American Lure of the last pristine frontier. The adventrue of Alaska, senery, its all appealing, but aside from the challenge of driving those junk trucks on impossible roads, I wouldn;t drive a car on, who needs it.

October 4, 2010
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Oops, wrong thread. I thought this was about Dr. Phil and Oprah. 😎 Laugh

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October 4, 2010
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They have definatly both run their course. I do not watch Oprah, but who can miss the commecials where they are going to beat the "last season theme" to death. Dr. Phil used to good, but where do they find some of these people.

October 4, 2010
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where do they find some of these people.

I dunno, the Jerry Springer show maybe?

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