‘American Pickers’: How Mike Wolfe & Frank Fritz Are ‘Extremely Different,’ According to Danielle Colby

by Clayton Edwards
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We’ve all heard that old adage about how opposites attract. American Pickers proved that it was true once a week for over a decade. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz went together like peanut butter and jelly. In fact, their chemistry and banter drew many fans into the show. Heck, Wolfe didn’t sell the show until he put their personalities front and center. However, they were obviously very different guys.

Fans who watched American Pickers before Frank left remember how different they seemed on screen. However, we also understand that it’s a heavily-edited reality show. Fans see what the showrunners want them to see. In recent years, we found out some of the things on the show are staged. However, it seems like Mike and Frank’s personalities were one hundred percent real, according to Danielle Colby.

Back in 2012, Dani sat down with Miami New Times ahead of an American Pickers appearance in southern Florida. At one point during that interview, Dani opened up about how different Mike Wolffe and Frank Fritz really are.

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Ciara Lavelle, the interviewer for the Miami New Times, said, “Okay, let’s get real. Who’s the coolest guy, Mike or Frank?”

Laughing, Danielle Colby replied, “You’re putting me in a tight spot there.” Then, she went on to discuss the differences between her American Pickers costars.

“They’re two extremely different people. Mike is like an 8-year-old boy in so many ways. He’s a prankster and a jokester and always the center of attention.”

That sounds a lot like the Mike Wolfe we all know from the show. However, she said the comparison was deeper than that. Like many other 8-year-old boys, Colby said that Mike is very sweet and affectionate with the people he’s closest to. Like little boys, Wolfe is all about “…giving out hugs and kisses and stuff.”

The final piece of her comparison seems incredibly accurate to fans of the show. “At the same time, they love to go out and cause trouble and wreak havoc in the fun little 8-year-old boy way.”

Then, Danielle Colby talked about the other side of the American Pickers coin. “Frankie is the exact opposite. He’s the old man of the group.”

“He is very strict with schedules and regimented.” Dani continued, saying that Fritz “really likes things a certain way.” However, as fans of the show know, he’s not all business all the time. “But [Frank] has an incredibly funny, dynamic personality – a huge, huge personality.” That personality is why so many fans miss him being on the show.

Danielle Colby circled back around to the original question with possibly the most accurate of all of her answers. “Screw it,” she said, “I’m the coolest one. But, I love them both.”