‘Deadliest Catch’ Captains Quit the Show

by | September 28, 2010 at 8:59 PM | Deadliest Catch, TV News

'Deadliest Catch' Captains Sig Hansen, Jonathan Hillstrand and Andy Hillstrand (Photo: Discovery)

'Deadliest Catch' Captains Sig Hansen, Jonathan Hillstrand and Andy Hillstrand (Photo: Discovery)

Men overboard!

Captains Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand and Andy Hillstrand have quit the hit Discovery series ‘Deadliest Catch,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“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 fishermen said in a joint statement Tuesday.

Still reeling from the death of costar Captain Phil Harris, which was featured in this year’s emotional sixth season, the cast is also going through the choppy waters of an ugly legal battle.

The Hillstrand brothers, who captain the Time Bandit, are being sued for $3M by Discovery for breach-of-contract over a spin-off that failed to materialize. Sound fishy? A lawyer for the Hillstrands calls the suit “greed run amok.”

Due to the litigation, the brothers are exiting the docu-series–and Captain Sig Hansen, who captains the Northwestern, is going with them. Maybe now with all his free time Sig can pursue his dream of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

Hansen said he stands by his captains: “I want people to know the captains stand together, and me and my brothers support them 100 percent.”

It was announced in early September that Captain Phil’s sons, Jake and Josh Harris, would continue their father’s fishing legacy and remain on the show. If there is one left.

“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,” the captains added.

Production on Season 7 of ‘Deadliest Catch’ was scheduled to begin next month.

What do you think of the latest hit to ‘Deadliest Catch’? Would you still watch it without Captain Sig and the Time Bandit boys?