Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz of “American Pickers” may have a rocky relationship now that Fritz has left the show, however, there was a time when the two pickers made a lot of side bets. During a book signing at Barnes & Noble, Wolfe shared whether those bets were actually real or fake.
When a guest of the book signing asked the “American Pickers” star about those little side bets and how true they were, Wolfe replied with “Frank’s whole life is a bet,” implying that the picker just loved to make wagers. We can all safely come to the conclusion that the back and forth bets were probably the real deal.
Frank Fritz’s Controversial Exit from “American Pickers”
While Fritz exited the show after a back surgery, he has since made it known that leaving wasn’t his choice. The TV personality shared some hostility about his and Wolfe’s relationship following his firing from the show.
“I haven’t talked to Mike in two years. He knew my back was messed up, but he didn’t call me up and ask how I was doing. That’s just how it is. The show is tilted towards him 1,000 percent. I can’t even bend that far down to show you how much,” Fritz said.
However, despite the harsh words, Wolfe has remained supportive of his former friend and co-star. Fans of the show know that Fritz suffered from addiction, namely alcohol, for several years. He has since cleaned up after leaving “American Pickers,” and Wolfe shares his support for the picker.
Mike Wolfe Shares Message About a Possible Frank Fritz Return
“We all do care about Frank and we want him back on the show. I would love to talk with him again, we would absolutely love to, but he just can’t get it right,” Wolfe said. “Frank is just going through a lot personally with addictions. It’s unfortunate that he’s made decisions that have him the way he is.”
Fritz notably checked himself into a rehab clinic for alcohol after his time on the show. He discussed his addiction in an interview and talked about getting clean.
“I didn’t like drinking anymore. My mom was an alcoholic and she died five years ago and it was alcohol-related. My grandfather was an alcoholic and he died. That didn’t sit well with me,” Fritz said. “They really give you a lot of one-on-one time. I read 12 self-help books while I was there, I didn’t f**k around. I really got into it, I went there to learn and get the most out of it that I possibly could.”
The “American Pickers” team maintain that Fritz’s addiction didn’t have anything to do with his firing. Fritz, however, says he feels like they had been trying to push him out for some time. He was an original member of the show along with Mike Wolfe and Danielle Colby.