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'Deadliest Catch' Captain

ATTACKS Cameraman

7/17/2011 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Deadliest Catch" captain Keith Colburn lashed out in a FEROCIOUS expletive-filled attack on one of the boat's cameramen recently -- bum-rushing the guy into a wall -- and it was all caught on tape.

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Keith lost his temper after the photog in question -- named Brad Carper -- called up to the wheelhouse looking for one of the show's producers, interrupting Keith at exactly the wrong time.

Keith snapped.

The fight, which airs next Tuesday on Discovery, went down a couple months ago -- near the end of opilio crab fishing season -- and sources connected with the show tell TMZ, Keith was extremely stressed at the time ... and his fuse was real short. No kidding.

But it's all water under the bridge now -- according to sources, Keith and Brad are back on good terms and all is well. No hard feelings.

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john    

I wish that the cameraman would have beat the **** out of that douchebag keith, he's the reason i can'*****ch that show anymore.

1094 days ago
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Phil    

Yeah,try having a camera crew in your face at your job for a couple months and see how short your fuse becomes.Stressful job,dealing with cold and hostile seas,then add a bunch of land lovers stumbling around with cameras in your way as you try to work.Love the show......just sayin'....

1094 days ago
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biged    

The douch bag didnt learn his lesson when jonathan put him on his ass, some one should pushhim off the boat. just a total *******!

1094 days ago
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debbie    

I think Kieth is a clown. If any other boss threated an employee like this, you would have a case against him. He is putting on a show for the show. I say Discovery should fire him for treating a camerman like that. Get rid of this Jerk. He is making the show unwatchable. I can't stand him. What a jerk. Lets hope some one puts a big fish hook up his ass.

1094 days ago
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rob    

Douch bag. If he laid his hands on me, I would throw his lousy ass off the boat. Get rid of him. I can't stand the show with him on it. He is phoney piece of crab ****.

1094 days ago
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debbie    

I think Kieth is a clown. If any other boss threated anemplooyee like this he would have a suit against him. He is putting on a show for the show. And to think his little girl watches her dad act like that. He is making the show unwatchable. I can't stand him What a jerk. Discovery should fire him. He is making money off it. What a sham. John Hilstrand put him on his ass. I hope it happens again. He isn't a captain. He is a douch bag.

1094 days ago
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mark    

Keith is a gutless terd. If the people he works with didnt need the jobs he would get his butt kicked. Keith needs a beating. What a BULLY

1094 days ago
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scott cowell    

please!!!!! just once!! somebody chin check that crybaby real good! knock him out, i'm talking arms out legs up ,snoring, he is in desperate need of some humbling!

1094 days ago
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WJ     

Total agreement with the comments concerning the fact that he is a poor excuse for a human being. I wonder if he has the mental capacity to think what the courts would do to him if he loses one of his crew due to his stupidity. The past video footage would be his downfall (and well deserved). DC needs to keep him on so that can be caught when it happens and the family can sue his a** off.

1093 days ago
130.

Redphang    

Phil,
There are plenty of reality shows with camera crews in various faces. No one explodes like this beast...remember the time Bear Grylls got a little stressed and murdered his cameraman? No, you don't, because it didn't happen. Keith has an option to sign a new contract every year. He gets paid plenty to answer questions and allow the show to be filmed on his boat. He is responsible for the well-being and safety for any cameramen, audio-technicians, or producers on the boat (as well as his mistreated deck crew).
The cameramen are contractors hired by Discovery, a channel which has essentially paid Keith to room and board the cameramen, allow them to tape, and allow them to ask questions of the crew and captain. If Keith has such a terribly stressful job, if Keith is so overwhelmed by a camera, if Keith is terrified by the big, scary ocean that the other captains handle just fine, then there is no reason to continue to pay him, and no reason to continue to film on his boat.

1093 days ago
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kevin    

capt.keith is an a-hole and a tyrant but for the kind of money he produces he has the right and i would go with him anytime send me a plane ticket i,d be there.He gets all these greenhorns that cant handle a little hard work people who cant hang with the big dogs should stay on the porch

1093 days ago
132.

Andy Carpenter    

Take Keith and bring back Phil. Keith is a waste of air (literally) and air waves. No one likes him, so why keep filming him?

1093 days ago
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Mac    

He's a douchebag.

1093 days ago
134.

jmm    

He wasn't such a tough guy when Jon Hillstrand was in his face. If he'd grabbed me by my collar like that, he'd still be picking his teeth up off the floor!

1093 days ago
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Ed    

Kieth (not a real captain) needs some mental help. He has shown that he can't tell the truth from a lie. I'm wondering why he wasn't charged for assault. Even aboard a ship there has to be accountability. Was the cameraman forced by his employers not to have him charged? He wouldn't survive a day in a job as a supervisor with his antics. He is going to hurt someone someday and when he does not only should he sued for every nickle he should do some hard time with some people that wouldn't put up with his actions. Get him off the air.

1093 days ago
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