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Captains Hillstrand, Hillstrand & Hansen return to "Deadliest Catch," shocking no one

[This blog post has been updated]

Remember about a week ago when captains Johnathan Hillstrand, Andy Hillstrand, and Sig Hansen announced they couldn't possibly continue participating in Discovery Channel's reality series "Deadliest Catch"?

Remember how that was in response to a lawsuit Discovery filed earlier in September, in Maryland, against the Hillstrand brothers, claiming they'd failed to show up to finish work on a special (and possible "Deadliest Catch" spinoff pilot) called "Hillstranded" which followed the brothers during their shore leave in Alaska?

Well, never-mind.

The captains put out a statement Friday afternoon that went like this:

HOT! Statement from Captains Sig Hansen and Johnathan & Andy Hillstrand

Here's a tip: whenever a network and on-air talent are embroiled in a lawsuit and the whole thing somehow winds up as a news release that starts with:

HOT!

Grab a hankie, because the stench of hooey is going to get very strong, very fast.

Here's the rest of the statement -- from the captains that had said they could not possibly come back to the show -- which was sent to the media via Discovery:

We're happy we worked everything out with Discovery. A deal's a deal. We're heading up to Dutch Harbor to start filming the new season of DEADLIEST CATCH and hopefully it will be the best one yet.

The Hillstrands added: "Everyone worked really hard on putting together HILLSTRANDED and we're looking forward to wrapping that up. It's something new that we hope people will enjoy."

Pee Yew!

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 8, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  Local TV  
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