The future of one of the most successful and longest-running reality TV shows — Ice Road Truckers on the History cable channel — appears uncertain.
Alex Debogorski, the only driver to be with the show since it started in 2007, posted on his Facebook page today:
“Those TV guys from Hollywood are a bunch of bums! We have made Iceroad (sic) Truckers for 11 years. You would think they would call and say kiss my rear, hello or …….. It’s March and I have not heard a peep from those guys so I guess the show is in the dust bin of history [pun intended].”
A viewer posted a question on the show’s Facebook page about its return, and the reply from History was:
An entertainment industry person familiar with the show and the drivers confirmed today that the show was not renewed.
However, Susan Ievoli vice president for public relations at History, said in an email, “No decision has been made yet on future seasons of Ice Road Truckers.”
Ice Road Truckers followed the driving exploits of truckers delivering goods to remote locations in northern Canada over frozen lakes and temporary “ice roads” carved out of the muskeg in the wilderness. Over the 11 seasons, a total of 25 drivers were featured on the show, which started out with truckers delivering supplies to diamond mines in the Northwest Territories.
Over the years, Ice Road Truckers changed locations and formats, and also spun off IRT: Deadliest Roads, which had drivers traversing dangerous roads in the Himalayan Mountains and Bolivia, in 2010. The original show has also been shown over the years in England and Australia.
Ice Road Truckers suffered a major setback in 2016 when one of its most popular drivers, Darrell Ward, died in a light plane crash in his home state of Montana. His son, Reno, drove during some of the episodes of season 11, which aired in 2017.
The show was created by Original Productions, which also is responsible for Deadliest Catch, Ax Men, Storage Wars, and Jay Leno’s Garage. (Truckers News has sought comment rom Original Productions but have yet to hear back from them.)