‘American Pickers’: Why Danielle Colby Once Called Mike Wolfe ‘Extremely Protective’

by Taylor Cunningham

Due to Mike Wolfe’s overprotective nature, it took a while before Danielle Colby was able to hit the road on American Pickers.

When Danielle Colby became a regular on American Pickers, she worked out of Mike Wolfe’s storefront, Antique Archeology. And for a while, the reality star remained at the shop, despite her desire to join the guys on picks.

Eventually, Danielle left Mike’s Nashville antique shop and started traveling the country in search of treasure. But during a 2010 interview, she explained why it took so long before she rode along.

At the time of the interview, Danielle had only been working with Mike and Frank Fritz for a year. And she was ready to get in on the action. But Mike was hesitant to let her go.

Mike and Danielle were friends for years before they became History Channel celebrities. And by the time the duo started working together, they had formed a close bond. Danielle told Famous Interviews that her boss saw her as a little sister. And he wanted to protect her at all costs.

“I’ll tell you why they’re hesitant to a large degree. And this doesn’t really come across on camera a whole lot,” she shared. “Mike and I specifically have been very close friends for a very long time. [He] has viewed me as his little sister for a very long time.”

Mike Wolfe worried about Danielle finding herself in a dangerous situation if she went on the road. As Danielle explained, Mike gets “very growly,” when guys get “too close” to her. And on top of that, he isn’t scared to get in her face when she’s “not doing what [she] needs to do.”

“He’s extremely protective,” she continued. “The situations they go into are not necessarily the most safe. I think in part it worries them sick to put me in a position where I could get hurt. He has a definite line of girl-boy in his head. But, he knows I’m strong. I really have faith that I will go eventually.”

‘American Pickers’: Danielle Colby Said People ‘Turned Down’ Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz ‘a Lot’

Whenever Mike Wolfe or Frank Fritz found a treasure on American Pickers, the hard bargainers always seemed to walk away with it. But as Danielle Colby told Famous Interview back in 2010, not everyone was always willing to strike a deal.

In reality, the co-hosts often walked away from picks with nothing. The reality series just made them look more successful because it was more entertaining.

“It’s not really worth putting into the show if they’ve been turned down, ’cause you get turned down a lot,” Danielle shared. “So, a lot of times, it just doesn’t make it in because it’s not as interesting when they get turned down all the time, which does happen a lot.”