A new season of Street Outlaws is here, and while the cast has had many recurring characters throughout its 15 seasons, the staple figurehead Big Chief. has been missing from the last few seasons (and is completely absent from the No Prep Kings spinoff). The street racer, whose real name is Justin Shearer, has been surprisingly absent from the show, despite Team 405 being present.
Why is Big Chief not on Street Outlaws anymore? Here's what we know about his absence and when we can expect him to return to the franchise.
Big Chief wasn't in Season 4 or Season 5 of 'Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings.'
Despite being a prominent member of the cast of Street Outlaws, Chief has been unsettlingly absent from the last two seasons, leaving many fans curious about where he went.
Prior to the Season 4's filming, he posted on Instagram about his prep for the show, leading many to believe that he would be joining the cast as he usually does. Unfortunately, he has not been seen in any of the episodes, leading some to wonder if he was removed from the show.
Is Big Chief done with 'Street Outlaws'?
Back in March of 2022, Chief released a video explaining why he's been absent from the show. He pointed to the show's production rules as the reason why he's been gone so long.
In the past, he has stepped away from the show to focus on himself and his family, so it's possible he decided to do that again for Season 4 and Season 5, which would explain his absence.
It's uncertain whether or not Big Chief will resolve his issues with the show's production. In the meantime, he has continued to share some street racing-related content on both Instagram and on his YouTube channel, Midwest Street Cars.
Will Big Chief return to 'Street Outlaws'?
While Big Chief has been absent from Street Outlaws and No Prep Kings, the street racer did appear in Season 2 of America's List. He posted on Instagram in November of 2021 that he had been filming the show, which let people know they could expect to see him there.
"Thank you to everyone [who] has supported us here and over there in our new adventure on YouTube!!! You guys are truly the best! Should have the crow running later today, and testing on asphalt this weekend!" Chief wrote. "America's List starts filming its [second] season in 11 days, and a huuuge announcement will be coming shortly after, about possibly the biggest craziest thing that's ever happened in Street Outlaws history!!!! And we will be ready!!!! Buckle up! Things are about to get wild!!!!"
However, America's List has not yet been renewed for a third season, and many are under the impression that it will be canceled because Big Chief has left its lineup as well. He hasn't addressed his absence from the Street Outlaws franchise since March of 2022, but we'll be ready for an update whenever he does.