"There's no love lost between Kate and I, it's very obvious," Rachel Reilly says of her The Traitors cast mate Kate Chastain in episode 6 of the Peacock series. "At this point, it's just funny." And that's an understatement.
In episode 5 of The Traitors US, Peacock's adaptation of the popular reality series that dropped all ten hourlong episodes in one fell swoop on Thursday, January 12 —much to the chagrin of fans — the feud between the Big Brother alum and the Below Deck star comes to a head.
"Rachel's personality is so abrasive and annoying that I don't trust her," says Kate of her fellow celebrity competitor. Later, when Rachel walks in on a conversation Kate is having with other players, Kate gets up and leaves the room when Rachel sits down to join the discussion: "We're all working together to find out who the traitor is and Rachel walks in like a steamroller."
"This is the most awkward situation I've been in," Rachel says of the uncomfortable moment. "I walk in, Kate gets up and walks out of the room and I'm like, 'Oh, okay.'"
"I just needed a little break from Rachel," the Below Deck star explains during a confessional.
"I have tried to talk to Kate numerous times and she won't talk to me," Rachel tells other contestants during the same episode. When Kate returns, another castmate confronts her on her hasty exit. "At this point, I think people should be allowed privacy to have conversations, so that is why I left," Kate reasons.
"But it feels, like, very personal," Rachel responds. "Nothing here is personal. I don't even know you," Kate curtly tells her.
On the way to the episode 5 challenge, Rachel tells the other players: "Tonight, I'm banishing Kate... I think that Kate has proven that she's done shady stuff and I think she's trying to manipulate things. I literally think Kate's a traitor."
At the same time, Kate is ranting about her in the other car: "You want some honesty, Rachel? You look like you get dressed at a community theater. You're literally the only person who thinks it's cool that you were the first Big Brother baby. No one cares. No one f***ing cares!"
Rachel does bring up Kate's name during the roundtable discussion that evening, telling her: "I think you're manipulative, I think you're the puppet master, I think you're a traitor." However, Kate ends up not getting enough votes from the house for banishment and remains in the game, and the feud.
So whose side are you ultimately on? Team Kate or Team Rachel?
Fans react to that Kate Chastain-Rachel Reilly feud on The Traitors US
The Traitors US viewers are split on their allegiance in the Kate vs Rachel feud, with some calling the former "the star of the show" for her wisecracks about the Big Brother alum, while the latter is being dubbed "a legend" for her sleuthing skills. Here's what fans are saying on social media about the celebs' smackdown:
Rachel and Kate arguing #TheTraitorsUS pic.twitter.com/hIvht5ktuVJanuary 12, 2023
Not Kate coming for Rachel outfit 😭😭😭 What is going on #TheTraitorsUS #TheTraitorsJanuary 12, 2023
Kate is the star of this show, the way I just cackled during the fashion altercation between her and Rachel at breakfast #TheTraitorsUSJanuary 12, 2023
TV GOLD! Kate reading Rachel Reilly for filth:“You want some honesty Rachel? You look like you get dressed at a community theater.” - Kate #TheTraitorsUSJanuary 12, 2023
Wow Kate Chastain dragging Rachel Reilly was the serotonin hit I needed today #TheTraitorsUS pic.twitter.com/AqeSAMH6FHJanuary 4, 2023
my toxic trait is being a die hard rachel reilly stan and i will not apologize. she has been MY reality competition show queen since i was 12 years old (mostly bc bb12 was my first season watching bb) #TheTraitorsUSJanuary 12, 2023
#TheTraitorsUS So who had Kate vs Rachel rivalry on their 2023 Bingo Card???January 12, 2023
Kate and Rachel beef is so unnecessary but hilarious #TheTraitorsJanuary 12, 2023
I really need Kate & Rachel playing Big Brother together! 😂🙌 #TheTraitors pic.twitter.com/e1uHd1bczAJanuary 12, 2023
WOAH KATE LMAOOOO DAMN #TheTraitors 😂 THE VEST?!? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Rachel chillJanuary 12, 2023
#TheTraitorsUS Kate hating Rachel is great comedy. 🤣 #TheTraitorsJanuary 12, 2023
Kate OMFG #TheTraitorsUS pic.twitter.com/ZXugzETZKJJanuary 12, 2023
RACHEL CLOCKING IT RIGHT AWAY AHHHHHHH no she’s a legend your honor #TheTraitorsUSJanuary 12, 2023
It you haven’t watched below deck then you are in for a treat with QUEEN KATE. #TheTraitorsUS #ShadyQueenJanuary 12, 2023
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Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
When she’s not doing all that, she can probably be found eating cheese somewhere.
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