Ice Road Truckers: Will viewers embrace all-male cast of Season Six?

Ice Road Truckers, Season Six, premieres on the History Channel tonight with an all-male cast; will viewers embrace the no-Lisa, no-Maya cast, or will they shut off their televisions in protest?

Fans of the History Channel’s popular Ice Road Truckers have been waiting patiently since last season to see their favorite truckers back in action, and tonight is the night they will finally get their wish. However, this season fans will see a big change: an all-male cast.

It isn’t the first time that the show has sported an all-male cast, of course. Seasons One and Two, long-time viewers will recall, had all-male casts. But, in Season Three, Ice Road Truckers spiced it up a little bit, giving viewers something many had never considered: a female driver on the ice roads.

Driver Lisa Kelly joined the cast of Ice Road Truckers in Season Three, and became one of, if not the, break-out stars of the show. She was different, of course, because she was a woman, but she was also spunky and determined to learn, and viewers liked her. She returned for Seasons Four and Five, and has also appeared in the History Channel’s spin-off show, IRT Deadliest Roads. So, when the cast was announced for Season Six, and Lisa was not a part of it, there was surprise from some viewers, outrage from others. In response to a recent article, Huliq readers supporting Lisa were vocal with their opinions:

  • Benjamin:
  • Lisa Kelly is primary reason I watch IRT, No Lisa, No IRT for me. IRT will not last without Lisa.

  • Anonymous:
  • I have waited months for Ice road truckers to start and now I find out Lisa isn't going to be on! Thats disappointing at the least and now the question is will I watch the show? I hope lisa is doing okay and wish her well, but I really wish she was on the show.

  • Richard S:
  • Without Lisa Kelly, IRT 6 will be about as interesting as watching paint dry.

  • Patti:
  • No Lisa, probably no watch.

Will fans of the show follow Patti’s prediction and fade away from the viewing audience?

Last season, fans met Maya, a second female driver added to the cast. Her success was mediocre at best, both as a driver on the ice road and as a cast member of IRT, but some viewers were not happy to see her go:

  • Finley:
  • No Lisa? No Maya? They were the main reasons to watch the show to begin with. If it was their decision not to be on the show then its OK with me. But if they cut them out for no good reason, then its adios Ice Road Truckers and the History Channel.

  • Dale Alexander:
  • I watched the show to see Lisa and Maya. Without the girls the show is not worth watching. To much contrived drama. I will not watch this season.

  • Dan:
  • Without Lisa and to some degree Maya, The show won't have the impact fr me. I will still watch an episode or two but, without them I won't be all that interested.

  • Ex-fan:
  • We had a group of 5 who met every week to watch IRT. Now we'll play cards instead! No Lisa. No Maya. The History Channel might as well post a "Men Only" disclaimer!

For some viewers, there may not have been a particular attachment to either Lisa or Maya, it seems; they just are not interested in the show returning once again to an all-male cast:

  • Beartracker:
  • I was excited to see IRT was returning for season 6 , but wait...no lady drivers...I fail to see the allure of a bunch of hairy a++ men driving trucks......boring, females add the unknown element and excitement, ratings will not be good.

  • Anonymous:
  • 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.

  • Anonymous:
  • I enjoy watching strong women who are earning their way. They are good role models for young women. No Lisa or Maya then count me out.

Of course, not everyone was a Lisa or Maya fan, and their departure may actually be welcomed by those:

  • Tyler from ND:
  • Lisa is a fliping space cadet; she couldn't drive to save her life!

  • Anonymous:
  • I am soooooo glad Maya is gone!!!!!!! Now I can start watching the show again....YAY!!!!

  • Anonymous:
  • Let see she screwed up the push-pull season 4 because she was IMPATIENT. She screwed up the push-pull and her heavy load because 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.

Overall, however, there seem to be more people disappointed to see the all-male, no-Lisa, no-Maya cast than those who welcome it. Having the female drivers injected a different vibe into the show, and History may not be able to successfully go back from that formula at this point. Maya not coming back probably was not much of a surprise for most viewers. However, Lisa not coming back is something different. She had become a constant presence on the show—fans just expect her to be there. Now, why she is not there is unclear. Rumors on message boards have floated everything from headaches to contract breakdowns, but nothing has been confirmed at this point, so why she is not there still remains a big question mark. But, viewers’ response to her absence is probably the biggest question mark for the History Channel at this time: How will viewers respond to an all-male, no-Lisa, Ice Road Truckers cast this season?

Stay tuned.

Ice Road Truckers Season Six premieres tonight, Sunday, June 3, on the History Channel at 9/8C.

UPDATE: With no Lisa Kelly, Austin may be trucker to watch

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Comments

Submitted by TP (not verified) on
No Lisa or Maya? Come on! Lisa cared more than any of the others and Maya was coming on strong. I'll still watch this season, but if Lisa and Maya don't return next year (if there is one), I'm out!

Submitted by ghostrunner (not verified) on
disappointed that lisa and maya are not on but they couldn't find another female to drive a truck, sorry 6 guys drivimg trucks doesn't do it for me

Submitted by Jean (not verified) on
I agree..and I'm a woman. I only watched IRT to see how Lisa ahandled the truck and the situations she was put in. I won't watch it with the all male cast..sorry.

Submitted by Jean (not verified) on
I agree..and I'm a woman. I only watched IRT to see how Lisa ahandled the truck and the situations she was put in. I won't watch it with the all male cast..sorry.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i was looking forward to seeing the girls again men are so boring lisa and maya showed us woman definately can pull their weight probably wont watch

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The show won't be the same without Lisa or Maya. This was one of my favorite shows..I am out..wait for next season. Nothing against the other drivers, just not as interesting. Hopefully they come back next season!

Submitted by Lisa & Maya Fan (not verified) on
The show was interesting because of the women doing a "man's" job and trust me, the crusty old timers you are using aren't very interesting so I just reprogrammed the dvr and got rid of Ice Road Truckers. I'll check back next season you silly people.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
If either of the two girls were on the show, I would have watched. But I'll be removing it from recording queue now. I wonder if they requested more than the History channel would pay.

Submitted by gale (not verified) on
i like many have wated all winter no lisa no show, that was a stupid decision

Submitted by Michelle R (not verified) on
Don't care if Maya is back but Lisa not there is Not right! She was definately a breathe of fresh air. The foul language the other's use (I know they r "truckers") she came in did the job and was a joy to watch! Glad to see Jesse back but probably will NOT watch it boring now, love Alex! God Bless and be safe guys!

Submitted by Javier (not verified) on
Without Lisa and Maya I will be watching MythBusters, I'm done with IRT.

Submitted by Sandi (not verified) on
no Lisa ? no problem! - no watching.

Submitted by debbiec (not verified) on
I have been waiting and now I am not happy that Lisa is not back

Submitted by catchycan (not verified) on
The most popular driver on IRT was Lisa. The idiots in charge of the history channel decided that no one would notice if she was taken off the show. Now watch this show go down the tubes. What morons. Goodbye.

Submitted by Alicia2009 (not verified) on
I don't care who's driving, well except for Alex (he's such a sweetie). I watch the show because of the trucks and how the drivers handle the roads. It shouldn't matter if it's an all male fleet or half and half or all women. Appreciate it for what it's worth! Truckers hauling freight over treacherous roads to far off places and surviving. If some of you choose not to watch it just because it hasn't got your favorite driver on then by all means...CHANGE THE CHANNEL!! But don't then turn around and complain you've missed something interesting/exciting on the show in future episodes.

Submitted by gale (not verified) on
this is dumb!!! lisa was a breath of fresh air . she carried her own weight, never complained, helped her fellow drivers,and was the load count winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 no lisa, and i love the show, i will not watch this season, and whoever is the boss should be fired gale

Submitted by gale (not verified) on
this is dumb!!! lisa was a breath of fresh air . she carried her own weight, never complained, helped her fellow drivers,and was the load count winner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 no lisa, and i love the show, i will not watch this season, and whoever is the boss should be fired gale

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The history channel has screwed up this year. First of all, I just watched the season premier and it was terrible. Where in the hell did you come up with the two new arrogant idiots from Montana and South Carolina and the newest 23 year old super trucker (Jack Jesse is even getting in on the arrogant attitude). I wouldn't allow these 3 to drive my trucks around the block. Apparently IRT didn't learn anything from having Dave on board last year. These idiots give truckers and the entire industry a bad name. Don't give me any crap this isn't staged. There always playing to the cameras. The only drivers that aren't total asses are Alex,Lisa and the two trainers. Those are the professionals. Rick and the Polar Bear are just there to tear up equipment. Seriously the program sucks now, as usual when it's staged it's not long before they pull it off the air.. I won't watch again, and i won't be suprised if this is the last year.. Go back to showing a realistic documentation of life on the road. Don't stoop to this trash.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Boring!!! Why didn't you lose Hugh instead? His stupid antics are way passed Old!! And how interesting.........another know it all.....Not!! What, you guys didn't learn after Dave last year, not to put another idiot like him on the show! Without the two ladies, I won't feel bad if I miss any episodes! Get Lisa and Maya back on!!!

Submitted by Teresa (not verified) on
I will not be watching irt without Lisa Kelly. She is the only reason I watched the show. I waited all year and I am really upset that she is not on the show.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I've watched every episode from the beginning, including the first new episode of the sixth season. Sorry just not the same with an all male red neck cast-SO LONG. Thanks for five good years of entertainment.

Submitted by renee2w (not verified) on
Very dissapointed. Wow, another show with men being boring. No Lisa, I am out. Good luck to Alex.

Submitted by Jill (not verified) on
No Lisa! Are you kidding me? Maya was not that good, but Lisa was great. My daughter drives a 9-car hauler. All 115 pound girly-girl. Young girls need hard working women dedicated to their job to look up to. MY HUSBAND AND I QUIT WATCHING AFTER THE FIRST HALF HOUR. NO LISA - A LOT LESS VIEWERS!!!

Submitted by cheeks (not verified) on
I liked watching Lisa,she was easy on the eyes, and she didn't mind getting her hands dirty,she wanted to learn,and didn't want any special treatment, she just wanted to be accepted as equal.....I liked her and alex, whatever lisa is going to do in life..... she's going to be great at it !!!

Submitted by JACKIE-1 (not verified) on
IDIOTS I HAVE WAITED ALL WINTER FOR THIS SHOW. NO LISA, NO SHOW. I AM AN OLDER MALE BUT I ENJOYED WATCHING HER COMPETE WITHOUT RESORTING TO SEX, SHE WAS CUTE BUT SHE NEVER PLAYED ON IT. SHE JUST WANTED TO BE KNOWN FOR HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS JACKIE .

Submitted by gale (not verified) on
i agree no lisa no show- and fire management!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lgprd10

Submitted by gale (not verified) on
i agree no lisa no show- and fire management!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lgprd10

Submitted by char (not verified) on
With the first episode watched,it will be the last for me until I hear that the cast has added a female driver. What a shame that LISA OR MAYA are not there.The worst part is that there was no mention of them in the episode of the reason they are not returning.VERY disappointing for a fan that has waited many months for the return of this show.The one driver left that has a positive attitude and lacks the arrogance his fellow drivers show every episode.is Alex.He truly is the only reason to watch but even he can not engage me enough to tolerate the other

Submitted by char (not verified) on
With the first episode watched,it will be the last for me until I hear that the cast has added a female driver. What a shame that LISA OR MAYA are not there.The worst part is that there was no mention of them in the episode of the reason they are not returning.VERY disappointing for a fan that has waited many months for the return of this show.The one driver left that has a positive attitude and lacks the arrogance his fellow drivers show every episode.is Alex.He truly is the only reason to watch but even he can not engage me enough to tolerate the other

Submitted by Robbie (not verified) on
Alex is Good for the show, But even he is Boring without Hugh, I find it funny the Alex and Hugh didnt get along at all,. and now season 6 is here and Alex is copying Hugh's every move in hopes to be a "succesfull" driver, My opinion of alex is he is a follower.. Be yourself Alex,! lol I will say Hugh putting his truck in the Ditch last night was funny,

Submitted by Robbie (not verified) on
My Favorite Show just became my least favorite and i wont bve watching this season, I would Consider myself a avid fan of the show, i own all seasons on DVD, My family gets together everyweek to watch IRT, But im sorry Lisa and Maya was a huge part of the show, I just cant beleive History channel would Ruin the show like this, Well History channel you had a Great TV show, Now u have a all male "Pissing Contest" far as im concerned take it off the Air, as you went and lost most of ur viewers.. Good Job Losers

Submitted by txkboy (not verified) on
IRT isn't IRT without Lisa Kelly and a sprinkle of Maya, isn't worth watching. History Channel REALLY screwed up!

Submitted by Olympia54 (not verified) on
Watched the first episode of IRT 2012 last night. What is with the arrogance, especially Austin? Why has Phil developed an attitude issue? Did the producers or Carlisle lower the boom on him?. No Lisa or Maya to add a little spice? I'm tired of the inter-personal venom that sneaks its way in at Carlisle. The only pro that I've got any real use for is Alex. Even Hugh and Rick are good for a grin. If I owned a trucking company, I'd hire Alex, Lisa or Maya way before some of these other clowns that think their s--t doesn't stink. Wouldn't work for Carlisle if my life depended on it. Again, I don't know if the show's producers have put some of the characters attitudes notice or what but, frankly, I'm finished with the program. I can find better things to do with my time other than watch arrogance at work.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
What brain with the History Channel decided to not have Lisa on the show??? What an idiotic move.

Submitted by Ray (not verified) on
I would have liked to have been at the meeting where someone said "Nah, we don't need Lisa or Maya, we've got a kid and a Porkchop." This could be one of the biggest blunders in TV casting.....I hope whoever made that decision got their ass chewed and have already cleaned out their desk. No Lisa? No Maya? NO WATCHEE!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I watched the first fifteen minutes and shut it off. Very corny, very scripted. What happened to this program?

Submitted by Anthony (not verified) on
I think that either 1. History Channel thought IRT is a "man's show", so why not make it more "macho" (though Hugh the (Fat) "Polar Bear" is a sorry excuse of person, let alone a man)?; or 2. Lisa is ill or decided not too. God bless her! Perhaps she's earned some privacy!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to know why Lisa or Maya aren't on the show this season. Lisa showed she had the guts and stamina to stick it out for a couple of seasons so where is she this season? Lisa made mistakes, nobody is perfect. She admitted her mistakes from what I saw. She just showed other females anything is possible if you really try and work at it. I think the fans would like to know the real reason the ladies aren't on this season. If it's personal maybe they need to make a statment to that effect. I the shows producers made that decission I think you messed up.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm sure I'm not alone in wanting to know why Lisa or Maya aren't on the show this season. Lisa showed she had the guts and stamina to stick it out for a couple of seasons so where is she this season? Lisa made mistakes, nobody is perfect. She admitted her mistakes from what I saw. She just showed other females anything is possible if you really try and work at it. I think the fans would like to know the real reason the ladies aren't on this season. If it's personal maybe they need to make a statment to that effect. I the shows producers made that decission I think you messed up.

Submitted by Anthony (not verified) on
LISA was (along w/ Alex) the decent, hard-working, likeable drivers of IRT!!! What a loss! THEY'VE LOST ME AS A CUSTOMER, and I read that in many posts in many fora. She was/is so full of life and normal, a nice contrast to Hugh the Fat "Polar Bear" and his weasel side kick; sorry, but they are such prigs, and keep wrecking other people's loads!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I was very upset last night when I started to watch Ice Road Truckers and saw that there was no Lisa.. She was my favorite driver. She will be greatly missed and the show have lost a fan of the show.. I can not believe they did not bring at least Lisa back.. Maya, she was okay, but she would never have compared to Lisa. I hope viewers of the show will protest and not watch the show, so they will see that there are many fans that want LISA BACK!!

Submitted by CAROLONEIL (not verified) on
I think you are losing me this time--too many beeps and not enough interesting conversation to keep my attention--miss Lisa-she is smart, brave, and not afraid to learn something new--she doesn''t need to prove herself like the guys seem to--acting and talking like a jerk does not make you a good trucker

Submitted by Alan in Alabama (not verified) on
I have the same issue...why even have them if they cant talk without the beeps. Makes the show imposable to watch. What's next, Jerry Springer's going to join the show?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
if you think that lisa acts like she has nothing to prove then you must not be watching the same show

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The show is impossible to watch without Lisa and Maya,I won't be watching it again.

Submitted by i love my truck (not verified) on
When you're young and beautiful you're not "expected" to know how to drive a truck. Back in the 1980's when I was "young" and "beautiful" (or so I was told) I wasnt expected to know how to drive a truck. Why did I? Because my son had a dead-beat Dad and I had a child to support. Re-read that line: a dead-beat Dad. That means no (zero) child support--period. The state didn't go after Dads back then for support. You try working two minimum wage jobs to support a child, and you'll know what I am talking about. As for those who think it's a man's job? Not anymore. Insurance companies love women drivers. Women are less apt to take chances, speed, follow too closely, or wreck. Don't believe me? Ask any insurance underwriter.. Oh, and this is for all those who say women can't drive? We do quite well, thank you. The reason Lisa left IRT is no mystery to me. When you're a woman you're under constant scrutiny. Having that camera in the truck is even more scrutiny and I can understand if it got to be too much for her. Been there, done that--without the camera in the truck.....

Submitted by abqcleve (not verified) on
IRT replaces Lisa and Mara wirh Porkchop and a Sutvivor wannabe? Don't think so.

Submitted by Alan in Alabama (not verified) on
I watched S01E01 till I saw no ladies were on this season..then I quit. Without the ladies (pretty helped) the show is dribble and not worth watching. I was OTR from '89 to '96 and one bright thing about the day to day was the fact that there are some really pretty ladies in those trucks. If IRT cant get some on the show, and they should make an effort to do so ASAP the show will be dead fast...watch the ratings.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I find myself still tuning into IRT but honestly do not find the show as entertaining before without Lisa and to a lesser agree Maya. Alex and Lisa are(were) the heart and soul of IRT!!! The Polar Bear and Rick are always good for a few laughs and it is hard to believe at times they are professional truck drivers the way they handle their equipment. The show is just not the same without Lisa. Agree with the poster about Carlisle--that would be a tough place to work with the arrogance flying around there with upper management. Don't know if that is scripted or what. I do believe the History Channel owes the many viewers an explanation of why especially Lisa--and Maya--are no longer on the program. Hope all is well with Lisa in her personal life.

Submitted by Big Yogi (not verified) on
After finding out that Lisa will not be on IRT Season 6, I most likely will not watch. It was fun to watch to see if she kept the boys in their place. Bring her back and you'll get alot of watchers back. If it was for health reasons or something else, We hope her well. It was nice to watch the show and not always have the guys acting like they were 6. That is what she brought to the show.

Submitted by Evon (not verified) on
It's still IRT. It's a great show women or not.

Submitted by Dave-1 (not verified) on
After all the B/S about her crying like a 5yo to get "Bigger " loads she now hauls groceries on a dedicated run ...Thats it no heavy haul no nothing...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
forget those two women. the show is a bout the ice road and the hard work that goes along with it. not a couple of whining girls. better off without those two

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
forget those two women. the show is a bout the ice road and the hard work that goes along with it. not a couple of whining girls. better off without those two

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
forget those two women. the show is a bout the ice road and the hard work that goes along with it. not a couple of whining girls. better off without those two

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
WTF - Is u people STUPID or just CRAZY.. They r the only reason I watch the show but NOT THIS SEASON.... U better fire ur programming director because u all lost a lot of viewers not having Lisa and Maya on......

Submitted by Big Dan (not verified) on
It's ashame but the show has got stale.Need to get rid of Hugh and Rick.Keep the rest and bring back the gals.Then the show will be alive again!!

Submitted by Big Dan (not verified) on
It's ashame but the show has got stale.Need to get rid of Hugh and Rick.Keep the rest and bring back the gals.Then the show will be alive again!!

Submitted by Big Dan (not verified) on
It's ashame but the show has got stale.Need to get rid of Hugh and Rick.Keep the rest and bring back the gals.Then the show will be alive again!!

Submitted by Big Dan (not verified) on
Get rid of Hugh and Rick.Keep eveerbody else and try and get the gals back.Then you will have a winner again.

Submitted by Big Dan (not verified) on
Get rid of Hugh and Rick.Keep eveerbody else and try and get the gals back.Then you will have a winner again.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Personally, I started watching Ice Road Truckers right from the first season and loved it. There was no Lisa or Maya in those seasons so I'll still be watching. For me, it's about what the show is supposed to be, watching the drivers in tense situations on the ice roads. Rockin' on with or without the girls.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Personally, I started watching Ice Road Truckers right from the first season and loved it. There was no Lisa or Maya in those seasons so I'll still be watching. For me, it's about what the show is supposed to be, watching the drivers in tense situations on the ice roads. Rockin' on with or without the girls.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Watching the boys go across the haul road and ice roads is not only entertaining, but also informative with out the drama or inexperience the girls offer. Jack seems to be the most sane, but, on the whole, the boys are fun to watch. They are just as competitive and back stabbing as the girls.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Watching the boys go across the haul road and ice roads is not only entertaining, but also informative with out the drama or inexperience the girls offer. Jack seems to be the most sane, but, on the whole, the boys are fun to watch. They are just as competitive and back stabbing as the girls.