Earlier this month when Discovery sued the Hillstrand brothers you could see the writing on the wall that the Time Bandit would not be on Deadliest catch for the upcoming season. What probably caught Discovery off guard was that Sig Hansen said that he is quitting the show because of the way Discovery has treated the Hillstrands. In a joint statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the three said,
"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,'" the three crab fishermen said in a joint written statement. "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."
How can you have a season of Deadliest Catch without the Hansen brothers? You can't. Discovery should just call the whole thing off now because they are down to three boats. You need to be able to move between several boats to keep it all interesting.