NEW YORK, NY - MAY 31:  Ice Road Truckers star Hugh "Polar Bear" Rowland celebrates the new season of "Ice Road Truckers" in Times Square on May 31, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Matthew Eisman/WireImage)
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Why Ice Road
Truckers' Hugh
Rowland Had To
Fire Everyone
"Ice Road Truckers" is a reality series that revolves around truck drivers who specialize in navigating North America's northernmost reaches, where transporting cargo requires the skill to traverse dangerous, ice-covered roads. The series spotlights a cast of non-professional actors such that their real-life quirks translate into on-screen personas.
Hugh Rowland revealed that, while working on the reality series, he had to fire virtually all of his featured employees. "I never had any problems with any of my drivers before," Rowland explained, adding, "As soon as they put cameras in the trucks, all them drivers of mine, they thought they were Hollywood superstars. And I ended up firing everybody."
Rowland confirmed that History continued to spotlight some of the drivers he fired after they secured new employment, whereas he found the personnel to replace them. Rowland ultimately appeared in eight seasons of "Ice Road Truckers" and a couple of spinoffs, in spite of the fact that he felt the need to fire his drivers during his time on the show.