'Ice Road Truckers': No Lisa Kelly Equals One Less Viewer
by, 06-04-2012 at 12:54 PM (8651 Views)
There is one good thing about conflict in television: it sometimes means I have less TV to watch. I set my DVR earlier this evening for the new season of Ice Road Truckers on the History Channel. Seconds into the opening promo, I began to get a funny feeling. First, there were plenty shots of irritant, Hugh Rowland. Second and worse, there were no shots of my favorite, skilled female trucker, Lisa Kelly.
Quickly, I began to search online for a reason to explain her absence. There is actually a lot out there in terms of speculation, but there is little concrete information.
What did pop up are two crucial bits of information. On Lisa Kelly's Facebook page, she wrote today, "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"
As you can see, there is no explanation there, just a bunch of thanks and stay tuned. Indeed, the trucker is super busy and doing well, from all reports. She's apparently gone riding in the skies with the Blue Angels even.
Second, I learned about a YouTube video posted a few months ago by ousted trucker, Dave Redmon. I initially liked him during his tenure on an associated IRT program, but when he joined the regular show, it was like he'd had a personality transplant.
Redmon claims much of the show is faked and talked about it some on the You Tube video, along with spilling the beans that Lisa had grown tired of the IRT antics and had quit as well. There has been no confirmation of Redmon's claims that I am aware of except, of course, that he proved to be right as Lisa is nowhere to be found on the new season and she has given no definitive reason for her departure.
Read more on the new season, Lisa's departure, and the Redmon video on this site.
As I said, what Lisa's absence does is free up an hour for me. I did watch the premier episode of IRT and hated it. Lisa gave the show freshness and sincerity. She's the polar opposite of the aggravating Rowland.
If the History Channel is smart, they will resolve whatever issues Lisa Kelly has and get her back for season 7, if there is one. For now, here's a click on my remote control that leaves IRT with one less viewer.
Here's the Dave Redmon video from YouTube: