Ashley Marti will not be taking part in the Below Deck Sailing Yacht season three reunion, announcing that she decided to skip proceedings.
The stewardess found herself at the center of much of the drama on board, and tussled with castmate Gaby Barragan in the interior crew.
She also had a controversial short-lived fling with both Tom Pearson and Gary King – before he moved on to newbie Scarlett Bentley.
In light of all the explosive moments, the Bravo star – who was promoted to lead stewardess in last week’s season finale – announced that she would be taking a back seat ahead of the upcoming reunion.
Taking to Twitter, Ashley explained in a statement that she would be taking part in a live Q&A session on Instagram instead, so that she could share her own side of the story without ‘editing’.
‘I just want to let all my supporters know that I chose not to participate in the reunion,’ she shared on her page.
‘At the time it was filmed I did not have the energy nor the desire to continue to be a puppet for Bravo, in addition to feeling like I would not be able to fully tell my side of the story due to editing.
‘I appreciate all of the support I have received along the way which is why I’m giving my followers a chance to ask me questions about the season which I will answer live.
‘I’m sorry for anyone who was looking forward to it, however I hope you will respect my decision.’
Directing fans towards a question box, she added: ‘You may ask your questions below and I will do my best to answer as many as possible.
‘Live will be Sunday at 9pm Est.’
Ashley didn’t get off to the best start on board Parsifal III when she learned that she would be working in the third stewardess position, a decision she was unimpressed with.
She also tangled with second stew Gaby, who eventually left the boat before being replaced by Scarlett.
During the season, she initially became close with co-star Gary and was called out by viewers for appearing to hook up with the deckhand while he was very drunk.
However, addressing the scenes during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Gary insisted that he wasn’t assaulted.
‘People are very concerned,’ host Andy Cohen began. ‘They were very uncomfortable watching it.’
‘Thanks everyone for looking out for me,’ he replied, explaining that he had seen the reaction they had both received. ‘But I didn’t think much of it then, and right now, I don’t think much of it, too.
‘I just think that people on social media blew it up bigger than what it actually was.’
Andy revealed that viewers watching on from home thought that he had been assaulted in the scenes, to which he continued: ‘I could see how they saw that, but in the first place, I did hook up with Ashley prior to that happening.
‘It wasn’t… I just wish I wasn’t that drunk. I think it boils down to hooking up with Ashley was a mistake in the first place and it shouldn’t have happened from the get-go, really.
‘I guess the most direct question I can ask you—and we’ll talk about this more at the reunion—do you feel that you were assaulted?,’ Andy clarified, to which Gary added: ‘No I don’t.
‘I appreciate everyone standing up for me, but I’ve got a voice of my own and I could use it if I felt I was assaulted.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Bravo for a comment.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht is available to stream on Bravo and hayu now.
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