The Hillstrands are being sued by Discovery Channel for $3 million, claiming that they failed to show up for a spinoff of Deadliest Catch called The Hillstrands. That lawsuit, which could cost the family their boat and crew has led to three captains leaving the show.
The Hillstrands told The Hollywood Reporter that they were unable to continue on the show because of current litigation.
“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.”
Leaving the show with Andy and Jonathan Hillstrand is Captain Sig Hansen of the Northwestern, a captain who has been with the show since season 1.
The crab fishermen released the following joint-statement today:
“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.”
Earlier this year Captain Phil Harris, another show favorite passed away, however his sons still plan to return for season 7 of the Emmy award winning series.