Josh Harris’ Mistake From Past Led To His Departure From ”Deadliest Catch”

Discovery Channel officially announced that Josh Harris would not be part of future episodes of the ''Deadliest Catch'' series or its spinoffs.

Viewers of ”Deadliest Catch” are still curious to know whether Josh Harris will come back to the show.

Sadly, Harris will not be part of the show. Discovery fired him in 2022 following the revelation of his 1998 incident.

But first, let’s learn a little about who Josh Harris is.

Key Takeaways

  • Josh Harris’ case from 1998 led to him being fired from the Discovery’s documentary named Deadliest Catch.
  • He was introduced back in 2007 in the behind-the-scenes episode.
  • Since his Instagram account was hacked, there is no way to know his current location.

Josh Harris was born on March 18, 1983, to parents Phil Harris and Mary Harris.

His love for fishing started at a young age.

Later, under his father’s influence, he honed his fishing skills and became a master of his craft.

Captain Phil Harris’s father was a familiar face in The Deadliest Catch.

The documentary “Deadliest Catch” showcases the challenges crab fishermen and their crew face in the Bering Sea, highlighting the unpredictable nature of sea life.

Later, in 2007, Josh followed his father’s legacy and appeared in the show for the very first time.

Josh Harris’s debut came on the 2007 series Deadliest Catch: Behind the Scenes as a greenhorn on his father’s boat, Cornelia Marie, at the beginning of Season three.

He was introduced alongside his younger stepbrother, Jake Harris.

Following their father, Phil Harris’ demise in 2010 due to a stroke, Josh was chosen as Cornelia Marie’s new captain.

However, Josh Harris’ journey extended beyond the main show, appearing in various spinoffs, such as Deadliest Catch: Bloodline, Deadliest Catch: The Bait, and Deadliest Catch: After the Catch.

In fact, in 2020, he was the main star of Deadliest Catch: Bloodline, which showcased his exploration of the Hawaiian islands using his late father’s maps.

However, Discovery suddenly kicked him out after appearing in over 200 ”Deadliest Catch” episodes.

What Happened To Josh Harris From “Deadliest Catch”?

In 2022, Josh Harris’s past started swirling around the Internet.

It turns out that in 1998, Harris was accused of se*ually assaulting a four-year-old girl while he was 16 years old.

He pled guilty to his crime, leading to reduced charges of Fourth Degree Assault and Communicating to a Minor for Immoral Purposes.

Consequently, he was sentenced to 30 days confinement for each count, along with 24 months of supervision and a psychosexual exam.

In 2022, after his conviction was revealed, Harris and Cornelia Marie were removed from the ”Deadliest Catch.”

Discovery Channel officially announced that Harris would not be part of future series episodes or its spinoffs.

Where Is Josh Harris Now?

Season 20 of ”Deadliest Catchwill premiere on Discovery on June 12, 2024.

However, from the abovementioned circumstances, once-beloved fisherman Harris’s comeback seems impossible.

But his immense popularity makes many fans curious to know where he is.

The former fishing captain Josh Harris is now living under the radar. His official Instagram handle was also hacked in 2023.

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A post shared by Josh Harris | Cornelia Marie ⚓ (@joshharrisbrazil)

Which is why there is no way to know where he is currently.

But there is no denying the fact that his departure has disheartened millions of fans.

Josh was once an integral figure on “Deadliest Catch. ” Through his fearless leadership and impressive fishing skills, he was able to navigate his crew through turbulent waters.

No matter what, Josh exceeded the viewers’ expectations by stepping into his father’s footsteps.

During his time in the show, he showcased his natural talent as a Crab Fisherman, the deadliest job in the world.

In Case You Didn’t Know

  • Josh welcomed his daughter, Kinsley, in 2013, with his longtime partner Jenna Bullis.
  • In late 2012, he accomplished a dream by purchasing Phil’s famous crab boat, the Cornelia Marie, which he co-captained with his brother, Jake Harris, on the Bering Sea.
  1. Bring Josh Harris back. Don’t punish him for something he did at sge 16 and for which he served his time. He and Casey need to be back on Deadliest Catch.

    • Could only imagine what kind of people you allow around your own children, matter of fact I hope you don’t have any

    • You said it best he was a minor and that should’ve been sealed he was punished and has lived on the straight and narrow! Please bring back Josh Harris!!!

      • So you’d be ok with a sixteen year old inappropriately touching your kid, just say, well, it’s just boys being boys, you know how they are, he was just a teenager.

        You willing to extend that same forgiveness if a sixteen year old SA’d your four year old? If not, you’re a hypocrite.

        If you do, then I sincerely hope you don’t have children, because there is something very, very wrong with you.

        Every single one of us was a teenager at one time. Pretty sure that 99.99% of us have never had the urge to inappropriately touch a kid, let alone a freaking four year old.

    • Gotta disagree with u. Now Depending on some people’s charges, I believe in 2nd chances, if they have served there punishment. But some charges can’t be forgiven. And being a pedophile is 1 of those things. He was 16 years old, basically an adult, and he sexually assaulted a 4 year old girl. Like wtf. Let’s ask the parents of that little 4 year old girl do they think Josh shld be on the show. Who shld still be on the show is Casey. And Jeff Silva. He ruined those 2 guys financially

      • some charges sound worst then they are. He was a minor and not making excuses but I was in the understanding that juvy records are sealed. So who are we to condemn a kid when we set forth the rules! this clearly shows that the world is stuck on stupid and pick and choose whom to condemn and who to leave alone for serious charges!

  2. A lot of innocent people were charged with child abuse in the 1990s. Just listening to Metallica or wearing black made you guilty

  3. I’ve read similar stories to this regarding Josh and for those that turn evil on him should realize that he was 16 facing a felony. Now here’s the thing, that DNA sample was from a toilet seat and sat for over a year before it was tested. When 2007 to 2022 rolled around, all of a sudden Josh’s case comes out of the dark to destroy his career? First off, he was a juvenile and those records are sealed. If Discovery is such a stickler for background checks, they would have spotted something a long time ago. Also in 1999 when the DNA was actually tested, DNA testing was just being introduced in the criminal justice field. Not to mention, this was the 90’s. A lot of innocent people went to prison for false claims who have now been exonerated. I never believed this story and even if it did happen, he was treated for it and turned his life around. He’s married with a kid. His father was proud of him and everything he’s done has been not just to make his dad proud but to prove something to himself.

    • Ask the girl and her family if they feel justice has been served. Can’t imagine the type of people you let around your own kids.

      • let me say this, IF he sexually assaulted that 4 yr old like everyone is taking it.. he would still be in jail. Someone has already said this was a botches investigation. And it’s funny it comes out 20+ yrs later AFTER he’s done changed his life around!! I guess Discovery didn’t have a issue until the public started to! because discovery would’ve termed him way before! so many people are judge by society after they have done their time is wrong!

    • Yes, there were issues with his case and the DNA post is also correct but, your comments are somewhat canceled out though because he admitted to the crime and plead guilty.

      The police report resurfaced from someone close to the family and victim and outed him online, probably not appreciating seeing the criminal thriving with a good life. IMO Someone then found the police report and posted it also online. In the State of WA, juvenile records are not automatically sealed and you need to request them to be sealed. I am guessing he was unaware of that.

      Back to the case:

      The first official police report stemmed from a hospital, where the 4yo girl was being examined after telling her mom he raped her her.

      From the court records,

      Josh confessed: “On July 14, 1998, I touched [the victim] in a way that would have offended a reasonable person.

      “I also then spoke to her for immoral purposes, talking to her of sexual matters.

      “When I touched [the victim] offensively, one of my purposes was my sexual gratification.”

  4. As someone who has some experience with as a victim of sa at a young age I can still put myself in his shoes. Even tho I am 55 years old I can vaguely remember being 16 and depending on his lawyer and what he was being told to do along with evidence etc.. and of course we all know ALL WITNESSES TELL THE TRUTH right? In no way shape or form am I talking about a 4 year old here but a 4 year old has family, even 4 times removed and family friends. Again I am not Accusing anybody of anything I am just trying to look at the big picture, this could also be because I’ve been Watching Law and order special victims unit all Spring long. Yes, Captain Phil was one of my favorites not gonna lie. Yes I’ve lost both my parents so I feel protective over his boys even though I haven’t watched deadliest catching forever, but also my dad when this happened to me my dad spread rumors that were not true you know tried to start stuff with my mom that wasn’t true so I know it can happen 55 years old, I would be scared of death to go into jail let alone at 16 years old so I’m just gonna say prayer for everybody that was involved in this and much love to all.

  5. Some crimes can’t be forgiven and being a nonse is one of them josh was always one of my favourites on the show but at 16 doing that to a 4 year old is absolutely disgusting. I feel sorry for the victim

      • Your statement does not correlate with the topic at hand.

        However, given your remark about ‘forgiveness’ toward a convicted kiddy toucher, you’d better be bringing that same energy toward anyone who has had an abortion, regardless of the reason.

  6. DNA or not, read the police report, he admitted to it all. This is one of those crimes that are unforgivable. A four year girl had to live through being raped, had to grow up with that psychological, then had to watch her rapist on tv. Her pain didn’t end at four years old they just began. So all you Josh fans, invite him over for dinner and have him babysit your kids.


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