Sig Hansen, Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand quit Deadliest Catch

Northwestern captain Sig Hansen and Time Bandit captains Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand have all quit Deadliest Catch over the Discovery Channel’s $3 million lawsuit against the Hillstrands.

With the death of Phil Harris earlier this year, that leaves the show without any captains who’ve been on the show since the beginning, and only one real captain star, Wizard captain Keith Colburn.

The three men told the Hollywood Reporter in a statement: “We have been through a lot over the past year and unfortunately given the current situation with Discovery we are unable to continue participating in ‘Deadliest Catch.’ It has been a fantastic ride, and we wish the best to all of the amazing and supportive ‘Catch’ fans we have met over the years.”

Sig Hansen, who’s been with the show since the 2004 pilot episode, has the same lawyer as the Hillstrands, and said earlier, “I want people to know the captains stand together, and me and my brothers support them 100 percent.”

‘Deadliest Catch’ stars quit the show [Hollywood Reporter]

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