Reality of Reality Shows: ‘Deadliest Catch’
One of the more notorious captains on the “Deadliest Catch” is learning what it’s like to live in the spotlight.
Capt. Elliott Neese, 32, is the youngest and one of the most controversial captains on Discovery’s hit reality show that’s won 13 Emmys over the past 10 seasons.
“It’s brought a lot of opportunity in my life,” said Elliot Neese, captain of the crab boat, Saga. “I was a kid that came pretty much from nothing and now I have a crab boat and got to hold an Emmy last week. It was pretty cool.”
Neese is no stranger to gossip headlines. Earlier this year he was ticketed for bringing in undersized crab and last season his struggle with drug and alcohol addiction was discussed in depth on camera. The role he plays on the reality show isn’t necessarily the one he wants to play in real life.
“I don’t think the role of the villain is fair but I signed on to be part of this show,” Neese said. “They can portray me whichever way they like. I don’t necessarily agree with it or like it, but I have to deal with it.”
How real are the problems and dramas intertwined in the show? Neese wouldn’t elaborate, only to say he thinks the producers do a pretty good job of telling the story.
“At times it is definitely over-animated or overdramatized, but I mean it’s a TV show at the end of the day,” he said.
The new season of “Deadliest Catch” begins this April, and you can expect to see more of Neese’s personal issues come to light.
“I’ve had some ups and downs in my life … I’ve taken care of all that,” he said. “It’s my time to shine now and hopefully I can go back out there and be the guy that they want me to be and the guy that I want to be.”
At least that’s the reality he’s hoping for.