Deadliest Catch Star Elliott Neese Missing: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Elliott Ness

With the ninth season premiere of Deadliest Catch upon us, fans are expected to return to watching our captains duke it out in the shores of the Bering Sea — minus one key player.

In a sneak peak video of the season premiere, the only captain missing is Elliott Neese, who’s nowhere to be found, according to Yahoo!. Will the young captain make his return? Here’s what you should know.

1. Some Co-Stars Weren’t Surprised By Elliott’s Absence
Deadliest Catch cast

Neese’s absence on the show Deadliest Catch may come as a shocker, but his rivals say they saw it coming. Captain Sig Hansen of the Northwestern said, “In all honesty, I’m kinda not surprised Elliott isn’t here this year.” But Scott Campbell of the Seabrooke was as surprised as anyone that his formidable opponent wasn’t here: “He should be up here; he should already be ready to go.”

2. Neese Broke the Law on His Boat
Elliott Ness' Crew

Last year, Neese was struggling at sea with a low number of fish caught on his boat. The young captain was given a citation from the State Wildlife Troopers after they found an undersized blue king crab on his boat, the Ramblin’ Rose. The crab was surrendered to the state and Neese was arraigned in the Alaskan District Court last January.

3. There’s Serious Drama with His Baby Mama
Elliott Neese's Wife and Kids

Neese also struggled in his personal life — with his ex-girlfriend Valerie Gunderson. Gunderson kicked Neese out of their house after they faced many domestic problems. In February 2012, the mother of Neese’s two kids accused him of harassing her with phone calls and text messages, claiming he called her 38 times and left her 15 text messages in one hour. Gunderson was granted a temporary restraining order against Neese, who said she fears for her well-being because of Neese’s fiery temper, according to Entertainment Weekly. Valerie said in her petition that Elliott has a drinking and drug problem and has physically hurt her in the past. In a tweet, he answered a fan’s question about his relationship recently, saying that things are fine between the two.

Elliott Neese's Tweet

4. But He Tweeted About His Return with a New Boat

On whether he would return to the show, Neese took to Twitter and stated that he would be back in the sea on his own terms and on his own boat, the F/V Saga. He answered a fan’s tweet on his return, saying, “@Starbuk498 nope April 16th is the premier !!! Don’t miss it that’s an order directly from da Captain !!!!”

Elliott Neese's Twitter

5. He Crashed a Boat and Has $1 Million in Debt
Ramblin Rose

Neese faced another disaster when his boat sailed straight into a thick sheet of ice, according to the Huffington Post. Neese clashed with the ship’s owner, refusing to move the boat out of the harbor during a huge ice storm. The captain fell asleep at sea and failed to prevent the accident; the boat’s fishing activity was suspended until further notice. Discovery promoted this season saying that Neese would be putting everything on the line to get out of his debt with only $10 to his name. Fans will see if the young captain will be able to strike gold this time around.

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  1. I am fascinated that the Discovery Channel continues to fund this heroin/coke/whetever-else-he’s-doing prick. It’s one thing to party when you are not at work. It’s another thing entirely to operate a fishing boat as wasted as this guy CLEARLY was all the time. But, then again, maybe that’s exactly what the network wants to portray: THE TRUTH of offshore fishing.

  2. Neese is a huge piece of crap and gives a bad name to legit crab skippers. He’s an arrogant fuck who talks and acts like a wigger. I feel bad for his father, who must be so ashamed of his son’s behavior. No amount of money could get me on a f/v with Neese as skipper. He’s a lazy corner-cutting addict who jeopardizes every crew member on his vessel. Disgraceful.

    • Yes, nothing sickins me more than a friggin wigger. That’s a dead giveaway for a deficit of an IQ. It’s embarrassing really. As far as his captaincy, well someone better shut this guy down before he kills his crew. I do feel sorry for anyone with an a alcohol/drug problem, although this guy does his best to cancel out any sympathy one might have for this jackass

    • Yes, nothing sickins me more than a friggin wigger. That’s a dead giveaway for a deficit of an IQ. It’s embarrassing really. As far as his captaincy, well someone better shut this guy down before he kills his crew. I do feel sorry for anyone with an a alcohol/drug problem, although this guy does his best to cancel out any sympathy one might have for this jackass

  3. I am inclined to believe Elliot’s personal problems with Val and tenuous sobriety can only be mediated by his father’s presence on the boat

  4. I am really a Amazed at the treatment of Kake but this so called
    So called Capt. Neese is is SO
    Stoned All the damned. He need to go before he he kill somebody !!!!

  5. I feel sorry for the mothers, wives and children that’s going to be left behind when Elliott Neese if not stopped instead of supported ends up killing his crew. He should not be a captain of a damned floating device much less a Fishing Vessel. It’s not just drugs that guy is mentally unstable and how he is still legally running a boat and risking lives is beyond me, no show, no crab or money is worth lives.

    • I can’t believe the owner of the boat hasn’t done anything about Neese. He is going to end up killing someone.

      • he and the bank own the Saga….but after the show airs completely will his insurance company still cover him….he may loose his capt. license …till he can prove he is clean

  6. After reading all the reviews below I am truly surprised at everyones generosity toward Neese. I am certain that I have seen more salt water run down the urnal than Neese has floated across calling himself a so called captain. I am appauled that the show would even have him on claiming to be a captain. He should have never been allowed.
    The “Captain” of a vessel and the responsibility to the safety of his men and other vessels is enormas and one that should never be taken lightly…
    Please remove this sorry excuse of a Captain from the show and pull his ticked to ever command another vessel.

    • I fully agree he needs to go and also the coast guard needs to pull his captons license yes it sucks for his crew that will have no jobs but hey at least they will still be breathing and able to walk the earth and see their family
      I know he means well but it is clear the drugs and image of being a (player $$$) is getting his mind all fogged up

      He needs to clean up and move on and never take the life of others into his own hands that is way to much responsibilty for him he can not handle it

  7. I would love to come up there and kick the crap out of the people who write you and are negative and call you a wigger and a addict. I hope you are able to stay off what your choose to get high on! But if you don’t that doesn’t mean these people can talk to you like that! I’m an addict and run heavy equipment and your critics sound like my boss. Good luck, I hope you go out the sea and shut all these —-heads up!

    • Sorry but the man is a mess and an has no right to play God with people’s lives, he has got kids and so do the come of the crew, it’s called the deadliest catch for a reson!!!

  8. This “kid” has a long way to go. Maybe he’ll end up homeless on one of Seattle’s back streets.
    It’s up to him….alone.

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  10. Neese is Drug addicted and should not be in charge of a rubber boat in a bath tub he is a danger to any sea faring crew.

  11. it’s so funny how he bragged about everyone said I would never own my own boat well here it is now they can go f themselves. he went on and on about and as fast as he got he lost it. he deserves just what he got. he is nothing but a wise ass I can’t believe val fell for him and had two beautiful kids with him knowing what an ass he is. as usual the kids suffer again at the hands of another drug addict. I feel so sorry for his dad who tried to help him through this whole thing but Elliot just wouldn’t listen. it’s good he lost the boat before he killed the men who worked for him.

  12. its sad the captian has everything going for him yet he lets his personal life and drugs got in the way ill pray for him unrtil he fails to stay sober there is nothing worse than an addict i use to be one and i know how tuff its is but i never had the chance at making the money he could if he just would stay sober i no longee feel sorry for him after treatment he shouyld have stayed sober there is no will power in his brain and thats a shame for his girlfriend and his childen when i found out he was using while at see i lost all faith in him he is a looser