Los Angeles: Capts. Sig Hansen and Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand have agreed to return to ‘Deadliest Catch’ ending a legal stalemate that threatened the Discovery hit reality series.
"We`re happy we worked everything out with Discovery," the trio told a tabloid in a statement. "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."
Hansen and the Hillstrands had quit the show in response to a $3 million lawsuit filed by Discovery against the Hillstrands for allegedly refusing to finish work on a planned spin-off special. As part of the settlement, Discovery`s lawsuit will be dropped.
"I`m extremely pleased that we were able to resolve our clients` situation with Discovery," the trio`s lawyer Jeff Cohen said. "The captains are very excited about the new season."
Terms of the settlement are not being disclosed but both Cohen and a Discovery representative said they were happy with the results of the negotiations. Also as part of the deal, the Hillstrands have agreed to finish work on ‘Hillstranded’, the spin-off that prompted the standoff.
"Everyone worked really hard on putting together `Hillstranded` and we`re looking forward to wrapping that up," the brothers added in a statement. "It`s something new that we hope people will enjoy."
Filming on the seventh season of ‘Catch’ is set to being next week off the coast of Alaska.