Colby had remained relatively silent on the Fritz, Mike Wolfe feud. That was until Aug. 2 when she uploaded a post to Instagram featuring her and Mike Wolfe going on a pick. She said she stood behind her friend Wolfe and said she was happy at how he’d handled the past 12 years of American Pickers. Then she slipped in some hints that Frank Fritz had caused behind-the-scene drama and problems for himself.
“I’m truly saddened for the loss of Frank on the show. I’m incredibly sad for his struggles. I’ve personally watched everything over the last decade. I have many thoughts but won’t speak them as they are only my thoughts, not gospel. I wish things could have been different but we must be accountable for our actions when we cause instability or pain and suffering to others,” she posted.
“Frank caused so much pain for himself that it has been hard to watch. I truly hope Frank receives all the help he needs to become well after years of being unwell. It is not my place to speak Ill of someone who needs help so I will keep my comments uplifting.”
Since putting up this image, Colby has since blocked comments on nearly all of her uploads as the fractured fan base seized on her post and attacked.
Producers removed Fritz from American Pickers following last season. Though, no specifics were given as to the reason for the separation. Fritz admitted to The Sun recently that he completed rehab to get his drinking under control.
‘American Pickers’ Fans No More?
Since Frank Fritz told The Sun last month that he hadn’t spoken to American Pickers co-star Mike Wolfe in more than two years, cracks began to show. And when it was announced that Fritz wouldn’t be returning to the popular History Channel show, the fan base underwent a schism.
“I ain’t watching this show no more,” one fan tweeted. “What happened to Frank is wrong.”
“@History What are y’all thinking, moving on filming w/out @FritzPicker. There is NO SHOW w/out Frank. One of last good cable shows on TV but turning #Cutthroat & drama fueled like #KeepnUpWithTheKardashians! #Dirty move to @AmericanPicker, You know it 2. Audacity!” an alleged former fan posted.
“No Frank? It’s not American Pickers. It takes both to have that show. It’s clearly not the same show without him and not as good which can only mean 1 thing in the near future. Not good!!” another former fan posted.