Since 2010, fans everywhere have been captivated by the junkyard exploits of Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz on “American Pickers.” But aside from the fact that they both have names perfect for TV, the longtime co-hosts of the hit show couldn’t be any more different.
“American Pickers” saw Wolfe and Fritz travel around the United States, hunting for unassuming treasure. The show often found them visiting farms, attics, and storage containers in search of valuable antiques. And the pair appeared to be close based on the way the show presented them. They worked together, had a good time, and benefitted from the comedic relief provided by interactions with their shop manager, Danielly Colby-Cushman.
But apparently, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the “American Pickers” partnership. Despite knowing each other for 40 years, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz haven’t spoken in two years. The success of the show has changed the co-hosts‘ lives in countless ways, band their relationship has not been exempt.
In a recent interview with The Sun, “American Pickers” star Frank Fritz talked about the dynamic between Mike Wolfe and himself.
“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. That’s fine. It’s like you’ve got Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the front man,” Fritz said. “I found my spot, I’m second and he’s number one on the show. That’s no problem with me, maybe he does have a problem.
Frank Fritz left the show and hasn’t appeared in an episode since March 2020. He left believing Wolfe wanted to replace him with his brother, Robbie.
‘American Pickers’ Star Frank Fritz Has Doubts About Show’s Success in His Absence
Despite the impression that Mike Wolfe is apparently the main draw of “American Pickers,” Frank Fritz has his doubts about the show’s longevity without him.
Fritz seems to be pretty self-aware about what he contributes to the show. He claims that he brings an everyman appeal to the series, the kind of guy you’d want to grab a few beers and a slice with. In contrast, Mike Wolfe comes off as a little more refined.
But for Fritz, it’s that combination that made “American Pickers” so special. The contrast between the two personalities and their knowledge of one another made for TV magic.
“You couldn’t just stick two people in a van and get the chemistry you get from me and Mike. We’ve known each other for about 40 years. We can finish each other’s sentences. When everybody is getting along and there’s no drama, me and him are very good together,” Fritz continued in the interview.