After quitting Deadliest Catch, Captains Andy Hillstrand, Johnathan Hillstrand and Sig Hansen explained that the process of leaving was more difficult than crab fishing.
Andy Hillstrand said:
“It was a lot about our rights to do our own brand. There was a lot of misunderstanding. We thought Discovery had everything they needed but then they came back and said they needed pickup shots so our schedule was pretty much screwed. It got to the point in our relationship where something had to change and we just said enough’s enough. So we butted heads for a while.
It kind of made it look like me and Johnathan were doing this and then Sig stood up with us but Sig was with us."
They knew that they had a huge choice ahead of them!
Quitting “was the right thing to do. We are brothers. I told these guys a long time ago, it’s fishing first. We made a lot of fans. We’ve affected a lot people in positive ways. People like us because we are real and what they see is what they get. All of a sudden, things got a little out of kilter. So what you see is what you get.”
And the result was not easy on the fisherman.
Johnathan Hillstrand said:
“Emotionally, it was hell. We didn’t want to be sued. We didn’t want all the fans hating Discovery. We just want our lives back, sort of. But it’s a little too late for that. So we’re sticking around. We are glad to be back and we’re glad that everyone is happier.”
Along with returning to Deadliest Catch, the brothers will be starring in Hillstranded in April, where the two will investigate myths and legends around Alaska.
Lots of luck.