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October 11, 2010 1:39 PM

Discovery Settles with "Deadliest Catch" Fishermen

Posted by Brian Baxter

Discovery Communications has reached a settlement with captains Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand, allowing the stars of the hit show Deadliest Catch to return to the program, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The three fishermen quit the show in late September, after Discovery filed a $3 million lawsuit against the Hillstrands for allegedly refusing to complete work on a spin-off series.

As we previously reported, Discovery filed its suit against the Hillstrands on September 15 in Maryland Circuit Court for Montgomery County in Rockville, Md., claiming breach of contract and seeking $3 million in damages.

Williams & Connolly partner Paul Gaffney and associates Ryan Vangrack and Sarah Teich represented Discovery in the litigation, according to our prior reporting. The Hillstrands were represented by Jeff Cohen of Beverly Hills-based Cohen Gardner. (Hansen was not a party to the case, but chose to support the Hillstrands and terminate his involvement in the show after his friends were sued.)

Discovery plans to drop the lawsuit as part of the settlement, THR reports. The Hillstrands's hometown newspaper, the Homer News, has more on the end of the civil suit. Filming on Deadliest Catch is set to resume this week off the Alaskan coast.

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Discovery would have been insane not to settle. This is their top show. Glad to see all is good again.

JOHNATHAN AND ANDY
HILLSTRAND ARE BACK!!!
YES! YES! YES! YES!
:) :) :) :) :) :) :)

I am so happy to hear that they came to an agreement...and i agree with Don's earlier comment...this is Discovery's top show, so it would have been crazy not to settle.

"Deadliest Catch" is the absolute BEST show EVER put on TV!!! I never imagined that I would lose my heart to a bunch of Bering Sea crab fishermen, but I have, and gladly. For me and "Catch," it was literally love at first sight; I have never been as captivated by a TV show as I am with “Catch.” It’s a show with no actors, but lots of wonderful, endearing characters. I love my crabbers to pieces!!! I care about them deeply. For me, it’s not so much about the fishing -- although I rejoice with the guys when their pots come up full, and share in their frustration when they don’t -- as it is about the personalities. I’m still mourning Capt. Phil, and the other day, when I first heard about the dispute between the Hillstrands and Discovery Channel, that they were quitting the show, and that Capt. Sig was also going to quit in solidarity with Capts. Andy and Johnathan, my heart sank. However, if all of them had left, I would have supported them all the way. I’ll always support my captains. But, when I read that the captains had patched up their differences with Discovery and would be on board for next season, my heart leaped for joy!!! However, I do feel like smacking Discovery upside the head. You can’t really ask the rhetorical question, “What were they thinking?” because they obviously weren’t, thinking, that is.

DC -- Now and Always!!!

Discovery would have lost me forever if they would have followed through with the Captains. Shame on you Discovery for even going there.

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