Newcomer Cat Baugh Makes Dramatic Exit on 'Below Deck' Season 11 — What Happened?

From the start of Season 11, Cat Baugh seemingly had issues aboard the St. David, and unfortunately, it got to her.

Chrissy Bobic - Author

Mar. 19 2024, Updated 11:20 a.m. ET

Cat Baugh aboard the St. David on Below Deck
Source: Bravo

Before Cat Baugh joined the ranks on Below Deck, she had never worked on such a large yacht. Sure, she had experience, but the reality TV newbie probably didn't know what she was up against when she was cast in the Bravo series. Now, with issues among Cat and other St. David yachties and her inexperience getting her into trouble, many wondered if Cat would quit Below Deck at some point in Season 11.

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The eleventh season of the long-running reality show welcomes a handful of new crew members who are also new to the series as a whole. In that regard, Cat isn't alone. However, she butted heads with fellow stew Barbie Pascual early on, and things don't get easier from there. What can we say — not everyone is cut out for the super-yacht life.

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Did Cat quit 'Below Deck'?

During Season 11, Episode 7, Cat left the St. David and the series for "personal reasons." In the same episode, bosun Jared Woodin was also fired, which Captain Kerry Titheradge had planned, but he was shocked to learn Cat was leaving. As for what Cat's "personal reasons" were are unclear, but she seemingly had some trauma aboard and had to remove herself from the situation ASAP.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Captain Kerry discussed Cat's unexpected dramatic exit, claiming that he knew she was struggling, but didn't realize how bad things were for her.

"I knew that [Cat] was having challenges by just seeing her move around. I'm surprised by how much trouble she was having at the job and how gracious Xandi was in training her. But it breaks my heart to see how much Cat was crying. And then she would come out and have to put a brave face on," he explained.

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The seasoned captain shared that upon discovering that Cat was in a difficult situation, he immediately took action by alerting the port control, local Coast Guard, and everyone else he could think of. He could tell from her expression that the situation was dire, and he didn't need to know the details to understand that it was catastrophic for her.

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"And that's something else I've learned on my journey, which is that it's real to that person who's going through it. It doesn't matter if it doesn't affect you or how insignificant it may seem. It's real to them," Captain Kerry said.

He added: "That's probably the fastest departure in Below Deck history."

Captain Kerry talks with staff on the St. David on Below Deck
Source: Fred Jagueneau/Bravo
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Where is Cat Baugh now?

In the same interview, Captain Kerry told EW that Cat is on the mend. "She's having a hard time seeing herself where she's at. But she said she's in a pretty good headspace. And I've shown her support — I say, look, if you need someone to talk to, I'm always here."

As for her personal life, Cat seems to be making some memories with her friends, away from the public eye. Per her Instagram, she is also dating a man named Cole Carlton.

Watch Below Deck on Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on Bravo.

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