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Deadliest Catch's James Gallagher Makes His Opinion On Josh Harris Brutally Clear

The following article includes allegations of sexual assault.

The Harris family is a polarizing bunch on "Deadliest Catch." Some fans are divided on Phil Harris, the captain of the Cornelia Marie and a regular fixture on the reality series until his death in 2010. His sons, Josh and Jake, also got their start in the series in 2006, and viewers have watched Josh grow from a 20-something greenhorn to co-captain of the Cornelia Marie. When Josh discovered his late father's old charts, it served as the impetus for the Hawaii-set spinoff series "Deadliest Catch: Bloodline."

It's not just fans that have strong opinions about the Harris clan. James Gallagher, a rookie engineer for the Lady Alaska who appeared on Seasons 16 and 17 of "Deadliest Catch," is known to voice his opinions on Reddit. There he's dropped his innermost thoughts on what goes on behind the scenes and what life is really like for greenhorns. Here's what Gallagher really thinks of Josh Harris.

James Gallagher is no fan of Josh Harris

In the third installment of his Reddit AMA, James Gallagher didn't hold back sharing what he thought of Josh Harris. "I'm not a fan of Josh Harris," he wrote. "I have my own personal reasons and I am not here to bash people on [the] show, especially ones that I don't really know personally." Gallagher concluded by trying not to yuck a fan's yum. "If you met him and he was kind to you that's all that really matters in my book."

These comments from Gallagher came well before Josh was accused of sexual assault in September 2022, and "Deadliest Catch" has since severed ties with the disgraced reality star. Prior to the allegations, Harris was largely a popular figure in the "Deadliest Catch" universe, which led Discovery to give him his own spinoff series. Viewers sympathized with the young captain for the losses he experienced on "Deadliest Catch." "I think people are too hard on Josh," writes u/steele1998. "He was a deckhand who very suddenly was thrust into boat ownership, and that's not an easy thing."

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