‘American Pickers’: Mike Wolfe Explained Why Him Not Being a ‘Rock Star’ is Why Show Appeals to Fans

by Joe Rutland

Mike Wolfe of American Pickers appears to be another person picking up antiques and collectibles. He thinks it helps the show’s appeal.

Wolfe, who now co-hosts The History Channel show with Danielle Colby, talked about whether he and co-host Frank Fritz were approaching “rock star” status at a 2010 question-and-answer session in LeClaire, Iowa. This actually was part of a Season 2 opening weekend event for American Pickers.

“Me and Mike are just a couple of guys from the Midwest,” Frank Fritz, who was a co-host of the show at that time, said. “I mean, I don’t think we’ll ever get there.”

“To be honest, what you see is what you get with Frank and I on the show,” Wolfe said. “And I think that’s transparent on film. When History first saw the sizzle reel that Cineplex put together, that’s one of the things they liked.

“It’s like, ‘Hey, these guys are down to Earth’ and that’s the way we still are,” the American Pickers show creator said. “We’re just small businessmen from Iowa and I think that’s one of the appeals of the show is our relationship together and that’ll never change.”

Check out this entire Q&A filmed on a rainy day in Iowa.

While Wolfe’s sentiment about him and Fritz’s relationship will never change, it did.

Fritz was fired in the summer of 2021, allowing Colby to join the show on a full-time basis. She had appeared on the show, though, as someone working in Wolfe’s office.

American Pickers has been on for 22 seasons. If you want to check out some episodes, then hop on over to The History Channel and check them out.

‘American Pickers’ Star Wolfe Talks About How His Old Bike Shop Burned Down

It might be hard to believe for some fans of the show. But Wolfe really loved bikes. In fact, he loved them so much that he had a bike shop.

From fixing and preparing to hitting the road on his own road bike, Wolfe loved it. This isn’t too surprising since Iowa is home to RAGBRAI, Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Race Across Iowa. It is sponsored by the Des Moines (Iowa) Register newspaper.

Tragedy hit as his bike shop caught fire. Let’s let Wolfe tell the story.

“My shop in Eldridge burned down,” the American Pickers star told Bicycling. “There was a fire in the apartment above me, and it all collapsed down into my store. The dip– I bought the shop from had gone on to sell insurance and sold me some crappy commercial policy…. It took me three years to get any money from the insurance company.”

He did have another bicycle shop. Profits there did not make up for his losses.