Bravo fires reality show star over ‘racist post’
Bravo fired a reality star on its show “Below Deck Mediterranean” after he shared a racist and misogynistic post on Instagram.
“Peter Hunziker of ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ has been terminated for his racist post. Bravo and 51 Minds are editing the show to minimize his appearance for subsequent episodes,” the network said in a statement.
Hunziker, a deckhand on the current season of the highly popular “Below Deck,” franchise, which follows crew members working onboard yachts, posted a meme that showed a naked black woman in chains.
Hunziker initially addressed the Instagram post in a series of Twitter replies, according to Vulture, writing that it was “not racism, I love all women.”
In the now-deleted tweets, Hunziker reportedly added: “It was a meme. Relax, I’m VERY sexually active with all races” before apologizing.
“I understand my mistakes,” he later said. “I’m sorry for those I upset.”
Hunziker has previously been accused of sexism on this season of “Below Deck Mediterranean,” which premiered on June 1 and has aired three episodes.
He called bosun Malia White, a veteran member of the crew, “sweetheart” or “sweetie” more than once.
“Yachting is still a very male-dominated industry when it comes to a deck,” White said during the third episode. “I wish Pete could see what I’ve had to overcome to get where I am now and then have them call me ‘sweetie.’ “
He was criticized by the boat’s captain, Sandy Yawn, who called the language “blatant disrespect.”
“I know it’s hard when you have a woman as your [superior], but there’s still protocol,” Yawn told the crew. “Malia’s not your friend. No sweetheart, no sweetie, no dear. You wouldn’t call a guy sweetheart or anything like that, right? I want it to stay professional. Plus, I [expletive] hate that.”
In his Bravo bio, Hunziker described himself as “the quintessential all-American boy growing up” who learned everything about boating from a retired U.S. Navy Seal. The licensed U.S Coast Guard nicknamed himself “Party Pete.”
This is the second cast shake-up Bravo has undergone in recent weeks following accusations of racism.
The network confirmed earlier this month that four cast members of “Vanderpump Rules” — Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni — were fired for past racist acts.