Chief stew Jenna MacGillivray apologizes to her fellow crew members for her behavior on Below Deck Sailing Yacht. Viewers slammed her for her treatment of the other stews and the former deckhand. Other fans felt that her relationship with chef Adam Glick was unprofessional.
Now, several weeks after watching her behavior play out on the reality series, Jenna issued an apology to Georgia Grobler, Madison Stalker, and Parker McCown. As a result, watching herself has given her time to reflect.
Jenna MacGillivray apologizes for her controversial behavior
According to Monsters & Critics, Jenna MacGillivray took to social media to express her sorrow and regret. She posted an emotional letter on Instagram after weeks of watching Season 1 of Below Deck Sailing Yacht. First of all, Jenna started her post by asking people to take her seriously.
“I apologize for some of my behavior,” Jenna wrote. “It was not my intent to belittle or hurt people in any way, but I understand that’s what happened to some people, as a result of my actions.”
Jenna stated that no one is perfect… And, because of that people make mistakes. For that reason, she admitted that watching the show has been hard on her. After admitting that her words come with consequences, Jenna issued a joint apology to Georgia, Madison, and Parker.
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It’s rare that I don’t get along with people. So doing this season was stressful to have conflict. I’m going to keep this short and simple. And I’d appreciate it if people took my words as truth, and not just an attempt to get favour. I apologize for some of my behaviour. It was not my intent to belittle or hurt people in any way, but I understand that’s what happened to some people, as a result of my actions. No one is perfect. And when people say “I hope you’re watching and self reflecting”, I am. Some of the show is hard to watch. It’s different for me because I know my intentions but I certainly understand on all boats there are varying personalities and I am not easy for everyone. I came in guns blazing. I wanted to give the best experience to the guests, and I understand that at times that meant I wasn’t focused on the girls. I should’ve spent more time. And that is a regret of mine. I was focused on Adam. And just managing everything to the best of my ability and sometimes I failed. I wanted to have fun with everyone. And I understand sometimes my words came across in a harsh way. And for that I am sorry. To Georgia, Madison, and Parker. I will never say any of you weren’t working your asses off. There were dynamics that were at times difficult. So again. I am sorry. I would never want someone to feel like shit because of me. And that’s the truth.
“To Georgia, Madison, and Parker. I will never say any of you weren’t working you’re a**** off,” Jenna continued. “There were dynamics that were at times, difficult. So again. I am sorry. I would never want someone to feel like s*** because of me. And that’s the truth.”
On the show, Jenna didn’t spend enough time with Georgia and Madison. She says that she had Adam on the brain. Jenna’s apology comes one day after Below Deck Sailing Yacht fans watched her tell Adam that Madison should be punished for arguing with him.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht chief stew calls out online bullies
Jenna’s apology comes after she spoke out against online bullying. She understands that being on reality television comes with backlash. But she’s received a significant amount of hate, especially on Twitter. The viewers have no problem saying what’s on their minds.
However, Jenna received more hate than her fellow cast members. Showbiz Cheat Sheet asked Jenna about some of the hate she’s received.
“The internet can be a dark place,” Jenna admitted. “People love hiding behind screens. I don’t think anyone deserves to [have] hate spewed onto them.”
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Hi! So, I have mentioned before that I will ALWAYS advocate for myself, and anyone else who needs it. Being part of this process has really opened my eyes to the type of bullying and cruelty that exists online in a way that has shocked me. I am on a show. I agreed to share myself with the world and all that comes with it, however, I will remind people that I do not support abuse when I can stop it. So when people send abusive messages (that are literally repulsive to read), I will not listen to that. Some people have been shocked that I have the nerve not to allow abusive messages to remain on my own page. I am one person, but I know this goes on in various forms all over the internet and it is not ok. The hateful messages have not made me reevaluate myself (as some of you had hoped) because I am a strong woman and I know who I am in real life. It is ok to disagree with how I am as a Chief Stew, it is not ok to continually harass and verbally abuse anyone. The people that follow my page, or know me personally know who I am, and above all, I know who I am. We are all capable of making mistakes, of being short at times with others, of feeling frustrated, and I am able to recognize things I want to improve in myself as I continue to grow and learn as a person in life in general. I loved being part of the show. I loved working with the crew. And I love all the positive responses I do get. Thank you.
The reality star sees the bright side to this situation. On Instagram, she posts some of the hate she gets. Jenna has even pledged to stand up for those who have been bullied.
“Being part of this process has really opened my eyes to the type of bullying and cruelty that exists online in a way that has shocked me,” she continued. “I am on a show. I agreed to share myself with the world and all that comes with it, however, I will remind people that I do not support abuse when I can stop it.”
So, what are your thoughts on Jenna MacGillivray’s apology? Do you think it was sincere? Sound off below in the comments section.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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