It’s official: Lisa Kelly, the fan-favorite and undisputed star of the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers, appears to have made an amicable break with the History Channel's IRT reality television series. Kelly wrote on her official “Team Lisa” Facebook page on June 3:
As you've seen, I won't be on the show. I want to extend my sincerest appreciation to the History channel. Throughout the seasons I've been on, they've been nothing short of spectacular in their support. I'm still a trucker and I think you've probably not seen the last of me. Most importantly, I want to thank Team Lisa fans. You are nothing short of the most amazing people out there. You've supported me through thick and thin, and I'll still be here, keeping you up to date on all the adventures I am up to. Thanks everyone, and keep on truckin'. Shiny side is up ;) LK
And, Kelly wrote on her Facebook page just yesterday:
I'll keep letting you all know (it's being asked A LOT): I won't be on Ice Road Truckers this season. Also, I haven't left because of headaches, pregnancy, drugs, etc. And of course I am not dead...lol. Rumor mill runs high. I still truck for Carlisle, have a great relationship with the History family, and have an awesome relationship with Team Lisa! I'll keep in touch all the time... Right here and on my site!
Also, on June 5, she confirmed that she will not be making any surprise appearances on Season 6 of IRT:
Answers: Not pregnant. Still trucking. Will not be returning to IRT this season. No surprise appearance. Will still be right here and the Team Lisa journey continues
Now, of course, the messages did not clear up anything regarding the reason she left. But, considering the fact that, in her own words, she still has “a great relationship with the History family,” it can be assumed that any rumors of bitter contract disputes between the star and the network were overblown rumors. And, although it is still possible that the split did come over money disputes that were amicably resolved, there is no confirmation from Kelly or from the History Channel that money was involved in her departure. So, for now, fans can at least rest easy knowing that the History Channel did not simply force their favorite trucker off the screen.
Many Huliq readers questioned whether or not the History Channel willingly let Kelly go from the series:
- Dan: "What's going on here. Is the network getting too cheap and soliciting less expensive alternatives. Enough of this testosterone laden biased program. I just loved watching the ladies perspective and experiences with trucking. Guess the show is taking a step back with a one sided, man only, less than entertaining approach. You guys suck. Directing my evening viewing in another direction. Good bye."
- Anonymous: "I WILL STOP WATCHING IRT UNLESS YOU BRING BACK LISA. IF IT WAS IRT IDEA NOT TO BRING LISA BACK OR IF IT WAS A MONEY PROBLEM YOU GUYS HAVE MADE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE THAT YOU COULD EVERY MAKE HOPE YOUR RATINGS FALL SORRY BUT THAT IS HOW I FEEL."
- Anonymous: "I can't imagine that IRT chose Lisa to not be on their show! It is a huge risk taking the best of the show out and leave smart mouthed Hugh on."
More Television for IRT star Lisa Kelly?
But, visiting Lisa’s Facebook page, fans can leave well-wishes for their favorite IRT star and rest assured that the History Channel did not simply choose to remove her from the cast this season. Perhaps, as inquiring fans continue to ask on her page, Kelly will eventually make public the reason she is not appearing on the show in Season 6. One thing is for certain: Looking over her page, leaving the show certainly isn’t hurting her ability to make appearances and connect with her fans. In fact, she seems to be soliciting ideas from fans for future television endeavors. On June 5:
Good morning to all! Well, lots of talk about me not being on the show. If you saw me on TV again, what would you want to see me doing? LK
This, of course, leads to the obvious follow-up question:
Noting fans' overwhelming rejection of an IRT without her (and considering her glowing reviews of her ongoing relationship with the History Channel), could a Lisa Kelly spin-off be in the works at the History Channel?
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