Phil Harris called the shots ’til the end

Original Productions filmed skipper Phil Harris in his final days and though  you may gasp initially, fear not friends, Phil called the shots ’til the end, no question about it.  Read this from EW online…

The upcoming sixth season of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch will include Capt. Phil Harris’ final voyage on the Cornelia Marie, and, possibly, footage of his final days. Catch cameras had already filmed the Cornelia Marie during king crab season (mid-October to mid-December), and had been with the crew since mid-January for opilio (or snow crab) season when Harris, who died Feb. 9 at age 53, had a stroke while in port off-loading at St. Paul Island in Alaska. “We were there for the entire time. We were there in the hospital,” Catch exec producer Thom Beers tells EW. Harris hadn’t been expected to awaken from the medically-induced coma he was placed in following surgery, but remarkably, on Feb. 2, he did. “When he came out, he was trying to talk. He couldn’t, but he was motioning with his hand to my producer and camera man. We said we want to give you your space and get out, and he wrote on a piece of paper. It said, ‘No, we need a great finish to this story,’” Beers says, with a laugh. “He’s just come out of a coma, and he’s producing [the show].” The fact that Harris also summoned what his sons Josh and Jake proudly described as “his trademark captain’s bluntness” to tell the doctors and nurses “Don’t f— up” spoke volumes, Beers adds. “That was wit, that was sarcasm, that was sardonic, that was brilliant.” Whether any of the hospital footage will air will be a decision made later with Phil’s family…

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6 Responses to Phil Harris called the shots ’til the end

  1. MJ says:

    This show is the only true reality show. It is not a created show. It’s not acting, no script written, honest reality. These are men who give us, the viewers/fans, the honor and privilege into their lives intimately and personally as they do their job. There is no other show that can state that. The bond with the viewer/fans is coming from their hearts and their daily work. We want to thank you all, captains and crews of the show for allowing us to be a part of your lives. I can personally say my husband and I would feel the same if anything happened to any of you gentlemen on the show.

    Phil was one of our favorites and we see a brighter side that he was able to share his time with Josh, Jake and his dad. Nothing could have meant more to him than his sons, dad and crew.

    To see that proud loving father and his two sons weather the bad and having fun together while working-is Priceless. We want to thank Phil, Josh, Jake, his father and Crew for sharing themselves intimately and personally with us all. Phil’s pranks, unwitting humor and “soft side” he would occasionally show us fans, will be missed but never forgotten.

    The show allowed us into your lives and we fell in love with getting to know you all. This is why with weighted hearts we are devastated, grieve and feel the pain of losing a dear friend. The memories will live on in all of us.

    I say to Josh and Jake from experience, the memories kept dear to your heart will keep your father with you every moment of the day. You will never forget a man who gave you and others so much happiness. We as fans have been honored and privileged to know your father.

    Thank you


  2. Lori says:

    Wow, that definitely brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for posting that and it’s great that you are back on one of my favorite sites. Keep up the good work Opilia!

  3. Lothian says:

    Beautiful MJ! I am not sure I want to watch his final days though, may be too hard to bear.

  4. Tincan Sailor says:

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there… I do not sleep.
    I am the thousand winds that blow…
    I am the diamond glints on snow…
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain…
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you waken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of gentle birds in circling flight…
    I am the soft star that shines at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry—
    I am not there… I did not die…

  5. opilia says:

    Thank you Tincan Sailor.

  6. I’m so sorry about your father but he was one hell of fisherman and Captain I wish you two boys the best in whatever direction in life you decide to go may your dad always be with.

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