Ice Road Truckers: Could a Lisa Kelly spin-off be in the works?

Former IRT Lisa Kelly asks on her Facebook page, "If you saw me on TV again, what would you want to see me doing?"

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?

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Tonight's season finale of IRT sees a friendship teetering on the edge

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
no Lisa then you don't have a show its time to find soming else to watch to bad you had good show.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
and how wants to watch an kid, a hillbillie-mr.knowitall, two in Canada both with attitudes,,,thank-godm they still have Alex,,,

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Yes, thank goodness for Alex! That will keep hanging on for a little longer. Lisa needs to come on back.

Submitted by Dan McLaughlin (not verified) on
I love the show and I miss the female drivers but I also know it is a "reality " program and editing makes the show what it is. The absolute best and most likable person on the show, editing aside, is Alex. I am sure he is in real life, the honest, helpful, compassionate and skilled driver that the show protrays him to be. Thankyou Alex for being the example of what we all should strive to be in real life, a truely good person.

Submitted by lee (not verified) on
As an ex heavy haulage driver (Mostly Mack DM800's. Israel. I watch the programme avidly. The snow and Ice of IRT is not that different from endless gravel desert roads and 50 deg heat- and 18 hour days with no sleeper pod.. No mobiles. Although nothing could really compare to driving over ice. Any way Yes I am a great fan of the show and if Lisa et-al encourages more females to challenge themselves to ladies..We will all be safer on the roads. As for Alex Even the hype of the show cannot, nor needs not hide the etched lines of lonely bleak miles.. Yeah a great guy, The show is a fine testament of his decency. "Good on yer "

Submitted by Bues31fan (not verified) on
I know if, I'm the History Channel. No dollar amount would prevent me from having Lisa Kelly on my shows, they have to have a show that will be featuring her, and no way do they just keep her off IRT 6.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am leaving the country for 6 weeks and was making arrangements to tape the IRT shows so I could watch them when I returned. Now with Lisa gone there really is no reason to bother doing it. Good luck on any future endeavors Lisa. I guess I wont miss anything because of my trip after all.

Submitted by used to be a wa... (not verified) on
I wanted to be a truck driver because of Lisa on IRT. Now, I'll just have to be. I always appreciated her refraining from swearing as much as the boys. It is disappointing to not have her as a driver on season 6. Ho Hum..... bummer.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
ain't that the truth....now they have two dumb-skulls..(newbies) and I even miss Mayia

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Didn't Lisa won the money last season? I do believe this show is coming to it's end......

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I can't believe you let LISA go... I WILL NOT BE WATCHING IRT 6 ..WOW TO LET HER GO ... SHE WAS THE ONLY REASON WE WATCHED...... YOU WILL SEE AS THE SHOW SINKS ..... RIGHT THROUGH THE ICE .... BYE BYE IRT..... NO " LISA" NO SHOW... YOU CAN TRY ALL YOU WANT........ ( ( YOU JUST FELL THROUGH THE ICE.. YOU FOOLS )

Submitted by Oregon Cowboy (not verified) on
No Lisa and I will be watching something else. Lisa represented the underdog winning and shows the women can do anything they set their minds too even when men try to hold them down. We applauded her and the reason the show was what it was was due to her. Take her out and people will watch the first few episodes but the first one was weak. Too bad as it got me watching the History channel. The producers just let their ace in the hole go. You dont have enough in your hand to play further. You won't fold but you will be beat when others call with a better hand. Too bad....its was damn good.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Lisa come back

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Love Alex and Lisa.....she's gone. Sorry, Alex can't carry it alone. Hugh is a foul mouthed know it all! Perhaps Lisa and Alex...a show of their own?

Submitted by tiger ladner (not verified) on
no lisa i'm gone

Submitted by tiger ladner (not verified) on
no lisa i'm gone

Submitted by tiger ladner (not verified) on
no lisa i'm gone

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The show is fine without Lisa. Jack is back and that makes up for it. However, these new drivers are really annoying. All the do is whine and talk about how great they are. Really tired of hearing that. The best part is Jack Jesse is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
IRT has been one of my favorite shows since it's begining. Lisa Kelly and Alex had been my favorites. Hugh is always entertaining. Rick, Tony, Lane are likable supporting characters. Plus every year there are additional drivers to make things interesting. This year I've watched the first 2 episodes and I just don't like it as much without Lisa. I liked Maya but she didn't have Lisa's charm. Will I keep on watching, I don't know. I looked so forward to seeing the IRT regulars and then my favorite was't there, I felt let down. I'm disappointed but the season is still new so we'll see.

Submitted by LisaLover (not verified) on
Oh, Lisa ! You were the only reason I watched Ice Road Truckers. I loved evertything about you: your beauty, personality, upbeat attitude. Your man is one lucky guy !

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I"ve watched the first episodes of this season's IRT with growing irritation and boredom. Lisa's absence is huge, but maybe a small dent could be made in it by bringing back Maya and the other ladies? It's worth a try, especially considering the alternatives: headstrong, selfish, whiny, not-too--bright little boys who endanger the lives of their (better) fellow drivers.

Submitted by john heimbuch (not verified) on
well i still love the show even thou they don't have the best person on it no more. i would love to see lisa in her own show about her life and abilities, she's genuine, what you see is what you get. awesome personality. no question she probably could do whatever the network throws at her. gonna miss her she was awesome!

Submitted by kelly sanford (not verified) on
Lisa made the show worth watching ! She kicked ass in a man's world . The ONLY ONE to finish the job in India when all the burly men pussed out !I My wife and I WILL NOT be watching anymore this season. Taking it off the DVR. Good Luck ! Porkchop ? Really ? Where's Maya ? What the hell is wrong with you History channel ? Get a clue about what generates ratings. Hugh and Alex just don't do it for us. LATER !

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Lisa took a boring show and made it a great show. My husband and I were real fans of IRT when Lisa was on, Now it's boring again and we won't be watching it anymore. History channel sure knows how to cut their own throat!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Loved her summer driving shows.

Submitted by Anonymousb (not verified) on
So many of these comments are typical women good / men bad biased nonsense. News flash people, almost all cold weather truck drivers are men, just like most truck drivers are men. The women on the show were there to increase ratings, yes, but they were not picked for their talent. We all know why they were picked. In fact in each season the men have to get the women out of jams and do so helpfully and nicely--go check the tapes. Rather than having to struggle because the men are unfair instead the women actually benefit from the men bending over backward to help. If you think otherwise you are deluded. And another thing, yes maybe the ratings will suffer but guess what? The show started out and became a hit with no women! Now watch everyone beat up on me, call bames, and insult my manhood, just for stating inoffensive facts, simply because I pointed out the bias against the men here.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
IRT is just not the same without Lisa. If it wasn't for Alex I would stop watching IRT. Please hang in there Alex. Lisa and Alex reminded us of what ethics and team work are about.

Submitted by Kim Loves ERIC (not verified) on
Hey LISA Cant wait untill your back,,We both are animal lovers like you,Lisa we have 4 dogs!!Eric had his cdl since 1995 , he always said LISA is a good driver,especially when running over-sized loads with the good Rick, with out him and ALEX (rocks) who is a great christian man!!,,but the rest of those yahoo s including Hugh and Rick. They always show us why they have to have DOT out there. Alex is our Favorite now,after LISA,,stay safe and congrats on the marriage.. We love watch n you!!!

Submitted by Kim Loves ERIC (not verified) on
We meant Jack!! not the Good Rick ,,,

Submitted by stacey m (not verified) on
Need cute petite women driving those monster rigs - to keep your audience interested and entertained - History Channel just lost another big viewing group in my area of the USA.

Submitted by Mortimer (not verified) on
Been (reluctantly) watching IRT s06..BLAH, W/o the Ladies it's just another trucker show and not at all good. Bunch of mouthy no nothings. Laughed my A** off when the kid got his rig stuck trying to show off. Polar Bear and Yemm in Canada who CARES. Lisa and recently Maya made IRT. Bring em BACK!!

Submitted by Anonymous One (not verified) on
Let's see. Lisa still works for Carlisle trucking and has a good relationship with the History Channel. The History Channel must be talking to her about another show (or she wouldn't have asked what her fans would like to see her do). But why isn't she on IRT? Since she is still trucking and has a good relationship with the channel, the only reason I can think of that she isn't back is because the men don't want her back. Maybe they didn't like all the attention she was receiving or maybe they got a lot of flak after last season when she won or tied for the load count. Maybe everyone should boycott IRT and their advertisers.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
How about something combining your driving skills with your love for animals: Animal rescue/transport to a safe haven, for instance+?

Submitted by CDedome (not verified) on
I sure have missed you , even though we are not related in any way I was filled with happiness watching you learn to take care of your self and your truck. It would not hurt me to see you making runs in the lower 48 east west , north and south. Please take care be salt and as you say KEEP TRUCKING:)

Submitted by CD (not verified) on
I sure have missed you , even though we are not related in any way I was filled with happiness watching you learn to take care of your self and your truck. It would not hurt me to see you making runs in the lower 48 east west , north and south. Please take care be salt and as you say KEEP TRUCKING:)

Submitted by Kim (not verified) on
Wow plz. Get Lisa back. Sick of rick. Pork hop and all the crying guys and there bs. Iam not happy

Submitted by HJ (not verified) on
I watch the show for the scenery, the loads and the driving skills. Not for all the dumb bleeping remarks, the bully of a newbie. The new drivers from Canada and GA subtract from the show. Bear is a big unhappy person.

Submitted by David A. Stone (not verified) on
Greetings Lisa, Really miss your presence on Ice Road Truckers' especially your demeanor, presence, and expertise as a pro truck driver. I especially liked your gentle nature especially with your horses and other animals. I wish you much success in the future. you certainly are a natural talent and wonderful person. Have a great future. Sincerely, David A. Stone

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The reality of trucking is drivers come and go. Season 6 is actually not too bad. Watching Jack Jesse's head explode is one highlight. The story of Lisa, the female with a chip on her shoulder is becoming old. Sure she's sexy and I wouldn't kick her out of my bunk but she isn't the show. Never expected Maya to come back. She's too metropolitan. Cry baby Austin Wheeler has replaced Lisa as the one with a chip on his shoulder. Clueless redneck Pork Chop puts all Southerners in a bad light, Rick and Hugh bumble their way along, pedal to the metal, Filthy Rick and his mouse nest mattress, that log hauler from MN or MT is the only new guy who has a clue.

Submitted by Nick (not verified) on
A Man versus Wild spinoff with Bear Grylls and Lisa Kelly.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
History Channel made a big mistake by not bringing back Lisa Kelly. I hope they read all these letters, and reconsider for next season. This season I have'nt been watching anymore. It's just not good anymore. Lisa and Alex were the best they had. Hugh is entertaining, but the guy with the blue hair, Porkchop, and the kid can all go. They add nothing to the show. If History wants to save the show, they need to get Lisa back next season and keep Alex. They could also replace some of the others with some decent drivers who could help keep the ratings up. Are you listening to your audience History Channel??

Submitted by used to dvr irt (not verified) on
No lisa no me watching anymore. I used to dvr every episode to make sure I didn't miss it. I deleted it from my library when I found out no more Lisa...bye bye irt!!!

Submitted by used to dvr irt (not verified) on
No lisa no me watching anymore. I used to dvr every episode to make sure I didn't miss it. I deleted it from my library when I found out no more Lisa...bye bye irt!!!

Submitted by Jim S/Lisbon Ohio (not verified) on
I tape all my shows and watch them when I have time,it's 8/17/12 and I just started watching IRT for season six. Right at the beginning I didn't see lisa. Went to Google just to find she's gone,to tell the truth i'm 20 min into the show and I don't know if I'll watch any more. So good luck Lisa, as a father of three girls,I liked watching you do what I allways told them-You can do any job a man can do.!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I was hoping the spin off would be us following Lisa through learning to fly the Helicopter. The trials and success of that.It would open up the gonra .

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Ice Road trucker is not the same without lisa History needs to bring lisa back