Frank Fritz will not be returning to American Pickers
Update: The History Channel officially confirms to EW that Frank Fritz will not be returning to American Pickers.
Mike Wolfe says that he will miss Fritz and wishes him all the best in his next venture. Read his full explanation below:
"I've known Frank since I can remember, he was like a brother to me. The journey that Frank, Dani (Danielle) and I began in 2009, like all life, had its ups and downs." , Blessings and challenges, but it was also the most rewarding. I will miss Frank, as will all of you, and I pray for the very best and best for him on the next part of his journey. "
Before: It's a wrap for Frank Fritz at American Pickers.
A source close to production tells EW that the History Channel show has no plans to bring Fritz back, and he's not considering the "big picture" of the show.
ZACHARY MAXWELL STERTZ / HISTORY Frank Fritz on "American Pickers".
After serving as co-host since the show began in January 2010, Fritz's final episode aired on the Antiques Roadshow in March 2020. Citing back surgery and his ongoing complications from Crohn's disease, which then presented further immunity challenges in the COVID pandemic, Fritz did not return to the show when it restarted production a few months ago after the pandemic.
Fritz recently confirmed this in an interview with The Sun from Great Britain.
"I didn't leave the show," he told the tabloid. "I finished filming and then I had a small back operation and the pandemic came."
ZACHARY MAXWELL STERTZ / STORY
The source tells us that production needed to continue, with Mike Wolfe returning to direct the show. They also told us that Fritz was not completely left in the dark regarding his role on American Pickers as conversations with the former co-host were ongoing.
Fans have been wondering where Fritz has been this season, and the chatter got louder from the recent Sun interview. In it, Fritz revealed that he had not spoken to Wolfe for a while.
"I haven't spoken to Mike in two years," said Fritz. "He knew my back was upset, but he didn't call me and ask how I was doing. It's just that."
He went on to suggest that Wolfe's ego could be a reason why he's no longer on the show.
"The show tipped him 1,000 percent," said Fritz about Wolfe. "I can't even bend down enough to show you how much. That's fine. It's like you have Aerosmith and Steven Tyler and he's the front man. I've found my place, I'm second and he's number one "This isn't a problem for me, maybe he has a problem."
ZACHARY MAXWELL STERTZ / HISTORY From left: Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby and Mike Wolfe from "American Pickers".
Additionally, Fritz claimed that Wolfe was working to promote his brother Robbie Wolfe from a B player to his new co-host. But our production source says there are no plans to replace Fritz and they are happy with the current cast of supporting members, including Robbie and Danielle Colby.
In the The Sun interview, Fritz said his return was "network dependent". And it seems like he got his answer.
EW reached out to History Channel and the show's production company for comment.
American Pickers is currently in its 11th year in production and will air new episodes on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET / PT in the course canal.
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