There are some cast members from the Below Deck franchise that are truly unforgettable, no matter how many years ago they appeared on the series. Below Deck Med's Danny Zureikat from Season 1 is one of those characters.
Before Captain Sandy Yawn took over as the HBIC on the Bravo series, Captain Mark Howard — whose tenure lasted only one season — gave Danny the boot and handed him a plane ticket home on air.
So, where is Danny now, all these years after appearing on Below Deck Med? Is he still in yachting?
What happened to Danny on 'Below Deck Med'?
On his season, Danny was extremely bubbly and personable, but that also proved to be his downfall as he got a bit too familiar with guests, even after Captain Mark gave him a warning. After being called to the Captain's quarters to discuss his lack of boundaries with clients, Danny got flirty with a guest the following charter and was let go from the boat, with Mark calling him "toxic to the boat" and his work "subpar."
"I'm a better person because of all the good things and bad things that have happened," he said to Bravo at the time of his departure. "But if I could change one action, I would not have disobeyed the Captain's orders."
While in retrospect he says he "was at a loss of words when [the Captain] handed over my plane ticket," he came to understand why he was let go. "I fully respect Captain Mark's decision and that's why you saw me apologize instead of fight to stay."
Where is Danny Zureikat today?
Right after being fired, Danny said he "explored more of Greece and wound up right back at it — working the Caribbean season" as a member of the exterior crew. He worked as a "freelance deckhand / engineer" for a couple of seasons in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but had dreams to break into the TV and film industry. "Considering my past with modeling, I think that would be the perfect transition for me."
It seems like Danny manifested his dreams because he went to work as an actor shortly after his Below Deck Med season wrapped and now lives in Los Angeles, where he seems to make a living off acting.
The former reality star refers to himself as a "Producer/Actor/Artist/Viral Content Creator" on his Instagram profile, and has appeared in various projects since his season ending. He's starred in shorts including The Lonely Entrepreneur, Fly a Way in LA, Don't Look, Come Around, and Hylux, as well as in the 2019 full length film What Doesn't Kill Us. According to his LinkedIn page, the content he's made has been viewed "over 500 million times."
On social media, it's clear why he's had such success. The L.A. resident is a born entertainer, and posts hilarious videos of himself on Instagram and TikTok, as well as behind-the-scenes photos letting followers in on his latest projects.
The comments on Danny's posts mainly echo the same sentiment: "You were my favorite on Below Deck Med and did not deserve to be fired!"
New episodes of Below Deck Med air Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.