'Ice Road Truckers': No Lisa Kelly on IRT Season 6

It's a new season for the History Channel's Ice Road Truckers, and fans will be seeing some new faces, as well as some old ones, when Season 6 begins.

Once again, America’s favorite truckers will be taking the road for the History Channel’s popular Ice Road Truckers. For Season 6, fans will recognize some old faces—and wonder where other familiar ones have gone.

This season, the Ice Road Truckers are once again in both Alaska and Canada. The Alaska drivers will battle the Dalton seemingly non-stop, as Carlisle drivers will be pushed to the limit by an all-time high season of oil exploration. For Season 6, truckers will go beyond familiar Prudhoe Bay, and out to the remote oil fields of the North Slope. Meanwhile, in Manitoba, Canada, the roads will be close to impassable, as warm weather has settled over the area, creating the thinnest ice ever seen on winter roads. Truckers will face Dempster Highway in the Yukon, and will cross not only the expected rivers and lakes, but the Arctic Ocean, as well, as they head to settlements located at the very end of the northernmost ice roads.

This season, there will be four IRT veterans, as well as three newbies. Fans will no doubt be surprised at who they do see—and who they don’t.

  • Hugh Rowland: Hugh “The Polar Bear” Rowland has been on every season of Ice Road Truckers thus far. Although not welcome at Carlisle after a particularly destructive season—and not interested in returning to the Dalton, anyway, according to Hugh—Hugh continues taking on the ice roads in his native Canada. But, the warm temperatures are probably going to cut the driving season short, and The Polar Bear may find that a business deal he hoped would pay off big is actually his financial undoing.
  • Rick Yemm: Rick has appeared in Seasons 1, 2, and 5 of IRT. Last season, he did well enough to buy his own truck. This season is a make-or-break one for the new owner/operator, and could leave him flying high or down-and-out.
  • Alex Debogorski: Alex has been with IRT since the beginning. Finally, last season, he beat rival Hugh in the load count. This season, he will be taking on a new territory when he heads up to Dempster Highway.
  • Jack Jessee: Fans will no doubt welcome back “Haul Road Ace” Jack Jessee, who previously appeared in Seasons 3 and 4 of IRT. Jack can haul anything anywhere, and is the go-to man for Carlisle, particularly when a load involves a fuel tanker.
  • Darrell Ward: Darrell, the “Rocky Mountain Log Hauler,” considers himself to be the “best trucker in the world.” However, even with his 30 years of experience and strong resume, Darrell will be starting at the bottom at Carlisle, just like every other rookie; can he handle it?
  • Austin Wheeler: Baby-face Austin hopes to make a name for himself on the Haul Road. Only 23, he is already an experienced heavy hauler on the highways of southern Alaska, but is now making a step up to the Dalton to prove he can hang with the big—and more experienced—boys.
  • Ron Mangum: Ron is a family man from South Carolina. Known to everyone as “Porkchop,” he has something to prove on the Haul Road: That he can be the type of father to his children that he never had himself. Porkchop has 14 years of experience, but he is a rookie on the Haul Road; will he last the ice road season?

No Lisa Kelly on IRT Season 6?

Fans of Ice Road Truckers will quickly recognize that the all-male cast of Season 6 means that fan-favorite Lisa Kelly is not joining the IRT cast this season. There had been a rumor out there for awhile that she would not be joining the cast this season, and it is now confirmed. Is it true that it is because of headaches she has been having, as has been floated out on different message boards? Not confirmed at this point, so why she is not there can only be termed, “unknown.”

Will Season 6 rookies be able to cut it? Will the Canadian ice road hold up in the warm weather? And, exactly why is Lisa not back for Season 6?

Stay tuned.

Season 6 of Ice Road Truckers will premiere on the History Channel on Sunday, June 3, at 9/8c.

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

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Guys driving trucks? That's expected and boring. Without a pretty little gal along to make it interesting there's zero interest for me and no reason whatever to watch. Sorry, but I'm afraid it's over and out, good buddies.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I like many of the cast members, but without Lisa, show is not worth watching.... Sorry David from GA

Submitted by Mort (not verified) on
Hope Lisa solves her issues with headaches. Could be the brightness of the snow over a continued period time. Maybe the presurres of driving themselves. Get well!

Submitted by DELORES JOHNSON (not verified) on
I WILL NOT WATCH ICE ROAD TRUCKERS WITHOUT LISA KELLY, ITY IS BORING WITHOUT HER. I AM DELETING IT OFF MY DVR LIST TO RECORD. SHOW WILL NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT LISA KELLY, IT IS B-O-R-I-N-G !

Submitted by Beverly (not verified) on
I agree. Without Lisa, this program will not be the same. I probably wont watch it this year. Lisa was a breath of fresh air on this program. I get tired of the profanity from the men. Bring her back or you will lose alot of your audience..

Submitted by Doris Orvis (not verified) on
Ice Road Truckers will not be the same without Lisa. The other girl isn't there either. Wished the guys wouldn't use all that foul language, it's disgusting! Don't know if I'll be watching it this time. I really like Alex though. Was so looking forward to the show again.

Submitted by Doris Orvis (not verified) on
Ice Road Truckers will not be the same without Lisa. The other girl isn't there either. Wished the guys wouldn't use all that foul language, it's disgusting! Don't know if I'll be watching it this time. I really like Alex though. Was so looking forward to the show again.

Submitted by fisherman (not verified) on
I don't think I will be watching to much of Ice Road Truckers this year without the girls on it. They where the bigest part of the show. They bring on those "hot shots" that are not worth watching. PS. Come back Lisa.

Submitted by KayCee (not verified) on
I totally agree ...without Lisa, the show is not worth watching. She will be missed b many.

Submitted by Joe Romo (not verified) on
I absolutely agree! I, too, like most of the drivers, but without Lisa it's a mighty boring show. I'll probably find something else to watch.

Submitted by Blues Man (not verified) on
No Lisa no show. I drove for years and loved every minute but the only reason I DVR IRT is because of Lisa. Let's see...do I want to watch the same old crap with a bunch of whiney men? Or do I want to see that beautiful face with the drive and ambition to be the best trucker she can be. Lisa gone,,, so am I. She was the only thing that gave this show the extra spark! So long Lisa. Nothing but smooth roads and stable loads! Peace.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It is very unfair and rediculous that Lisa is gone the ice road trucker show isn't any fun without Lisa. Lisa makes the show worth watching without her it sucks but by putting Jack back on its a little better but Lisa needs to be back on the show.

Submitted by Blues Man (not verified) on
History Channel needs to let us know what's up with Lisa. Doesn't look like she is on this season ....why?

Submitted by Anonymous zali (not verified) on
without lisa kelly in season 6 maybe boring because she the only one women driver brave and strong heart i seen any friend of lisa can drive like her i hope she headache not seriosly pain and see the docto`r for check up hope she fine like we malaysian miss of u

Submitted by Anonymous zali (not verified) on
without lisa kelly in season 6 maybe boring because she the only one women driver brave and strong heart i seen any friend of lisa can drive like her i hope she headache not seriosly pain and see the docto`r for check up hope she fine like we malaysian miss of u

Submitted by penny (not verified) on
i agree no lisa no show it isnt a show without lisa i will not be watching either

Submitted by thomas grismore (not verified) on
their no show with lisa. come back please.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I like many of the cast members, but without Lisa, show is not worth watching.... Sorry David from GA

Submitted by oldskier (not verified) on
I'm gone without Lisa as are most previous fans. What in the world were the producers thinking!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
so far in my state over a million people have stopped watching ice road truckers they dont even have one women and they want us to keep watching history should just stop the progran major boring show now

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Hope that Lisa is going to be OK, she will be missed by everyone that watches the show. She is an inspiration to all women and young girls. S he proves that you can do anything if you want it bad enough. All the fans wich her the best and hope she comes back soon, the show won't make it without her. Why isn't Maya on this season? She did so well last season.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree, no Lisa, no Maya, no watch truckers!!!!!!

Submitted by Evy (not verified) on
Don't care for Maya....No Lisa, no more IRT for this girl. It was Lisa that drew my attention to this show. Good - bye IRT.

Submitted by Scott T (not verified) on
Same here, watched 15 minutes, No Lisa, no show. Can't wait to see the ratings on this one. If she has headaches, sure don't work, hope she gets better, but I wont be watching until she's back......

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i agree with the rest of you. The only reason i watched was for Lisa. Hope she deals with her headaches and makes a comebaack in season 7. But will there even be a season 7 without Lisa in season 6? Best of luck to her and whatever her next endevor is. WE WILL MISS HER!!!!!! So long IRT

Submitted by Andy777 (not verified) on
If she has headaches she needs to start smoking cigs again. She's so cute blowing smoke rings. Went to a party last year with her and she smokes so cute. Lisa, light one up for me baby!

Submitted by jimbo (not verified) on
No interest in the show. Get her back or youre gonna lose lots of viewers. Um gone.

Submitted by oldfritoman (not verified) on
that buffoon Hugh and his useless sidekick will not be on my t.v. this year. I suspect Lisa is tired of dealing with the history channel and want's to move on to bigger and better things.

Submitted by Smoovious (not verified) on
Hugh is just another piece-of-sh super-trucker that needs to be taken off the road. He may have been a good driver once, but now he's all ego and doesn't give a damn about the job, and especially the load. Damned sloppy, got no respect for him at all, and the rest of his ilk I see all over the highways. Be professional about your job and handle your business or find another career. Top priority? Get the load, from point A, to point B, _undamaged_, and don't kill anyone on the way. What good is being on time or early, if you've damaged the load and/or the truck in the process? pfft... ... super truckers... ugh. -- Smoov

Submitted by Ronnie Fuller (not verified) on
Ok so go find another female trucker. There is no balance folks. Lisa get well real soon we miss you girl!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
No Lisa , No show Great show with her on the shows. COME BACK

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
We like Alex, do not care for hugh Polar bear so we will not be watching season 6 Kelly made show more interesting.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
As others have stated, Lisa and Maya will be sadly missed on IRT. The show definitely won't be the same, Lisa and Maya "grounded" the show so to speak, adding the class that was taken away by the childish rants and foul-mouthed language of the hack drivers. Besides Lisa and Maya, you had the true "professional" drivers such as Alex, Tony, and Jack, but unfortunately you also had the "token" bafoons in the likes of Hugh and Rick among others whose childish tantrums, poor ethics, and low-class vocabulary would make me want to call and request that they NEVER haul anything of mine, I'd rather wait for a professional driver.

Submitted by Vickie324 (not verified) on
totally agree, show will be boring without her. Will not watch this year.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Was disappointed to see that Lisa isnt on this season. she is the main reason me and my family watch the show. it is boring without her.

Submitted by mickey (not verified) on
That is not cool!!! That is the reason why I love IRT, because of the women drivers! I will still watch the show, but I'm very dissappointed.

Submitted by mickey (not verified) on
That is not cool!!! That is the reason why I love IRT, because of the women drivers! I will still watch the show, but I'm very dissappointed.

Submitted by mickey (not verified) on
That is not cool!!! That is the reason why I love IRT, because of the women drivers! I will still watch the show, but I'm very dissappointed.

Submitted by mickey (not verified) on
That is not cool!!! That is the reason why I love IRT, because of the women drivers! I will still watch the show, but I'm very dissappointed.

Submitted by Woofy (not verified) on
Only 2 reasons I watched IRT, Lisa and Rick! Now that she is gone I probably won't watch too much anymore. Does anyone know how Ricks daughter is doing?

Submitted by t (not verified) on
no lisa no t.

Submitted by t (not verified) on
no lisa no t.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If it was Lisa's idea to leave the show , I respect that & wish her the best in whatever she's doing. If it was the History Channels decision to leave her out, then all I can say is WTF are they thinking. Her courage, determination & spunk is what got me interested in the show in the first place. I'm sure I'm not the only fan that feels that way.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
No more Lisa Oh No!! Her courage, her skill. Her keeping up with and holding her own with the guys. It won't be the same. Glad to see Jack Jesse back I'll probably watch the show but it won't be the same with out Lisa.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Amen to that. My 89 year old mother had gotten into ice road truckers and as soon as she saw the cast she told me to change the channel, Guess thats it for this program.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
PLEASE.........take them back to yellowknife, where it all began. You call this ICE ROAD truckers, so say goodbye to the Dalton........

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Take them back to Yelloknife where it all began. You can't be an Ice Road trucker if you are not driving on an Ice Road!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Take them back to Yelloknife where it all began. You can't be an Ice Road trucker if you are not driving on an Ice Road!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Take them back to Yelloknife where it all began. You can't be an Ice Road trucker if you are not driving on an Ice Road!

Submitted by Tyler from ND (not verified) on
I couldn't agree with you more. The show seemed to lose something with the start of season # 2.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
After season 1, IRT is not welcome back to run the ice roads out of Yellowknife, but they can't. The road and mine owners did not like the way the industry was portrayed and now any media or cameras are Strictly Forbidden.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I am soooooo glad Maya is gone!!!!!!! Now I can start watching the show again....YAY!!!!!

Submitted by Marc (not verified) on
Hey Mechele, have you seen the video Dave Redmon put up on youtube where he said this will be the last season of IRT? He also says Deadliest Roads will not be back. He said in a video in late January that Lisa wasn't on the show this year so he has some pretty good info.

If you search Dave Redmon on this website, you'll find a multi-part interview I did with him a few months back. At the time, we did discuss Lisa's future with IRT, but nothing had been confirmed or set in stone regarding her participation this season. Dave's a nice guy btw; nothing like how he was portrayed on IRT, in my opinion.

Submitted by Hoosier (not verified) on
I must concur with those who've declared they will desert IRT if it doesn't include Lisa Kelly and Maya Sieber. After airing, last autumn, "Boston Rob"'s lame, contrived "Around the World" show, the History Channel would confirm its equally poor programming acumen if it is indeed responsible for the exlusion of any feminine presence on its macho trucking saga. Surely they must've realized that the girls, and certainly Lisa, had become the star(s) of the show.

Submitted by TomHarare (not verified) on
What such a disappointment for us ICE ROAD TRUCKERS fans!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
will not watch show no lisa no show hope everyone turn it off

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Let see she screwed up the push-pull season 4 because she was IMPATIENT. She screwed up the push-pull and her heavy load becasuse again she was IMPATIENT. Then she whines like a child wah wah I screwed and am being held accountable. I don't like that. I like Lisa, not her attitude.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Pal, my bet is you never have even sat behind the wheel of a truck. I was in the trucking industry for nearly 30 years. I drove trucks for about half that time. I pulled long loads, loads as wide as fourteen feet, and loads with my truck grossing out at sixty tons. Don't judge someone who is inexperienced. We all have to crawl before we walk. Lisa finally learned how to walk, then on to how to run. I admire her for what she accomplished.

Submitted by Randy (not verified) on
Won't be interesting w/o Lisa on the road, even though thumbing my way up Dalton, she never stopped to pick me up.

Submitted by Benjamin (not verified) on
Lisa Kelly is primary reason I watch IRT, No Lisa, No IRT for me. IRT will not last without Lisa.

Submitted by Benjamin (not verified) on
Lisa Kelly is primary reason I watch IRT, No Lisa, No IRT for me. IRT will not last without Lisa.

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