With more than 300 episodes and 21 seasons under its belt, “American Pickers” is still around. Despite the recent drama surrounding the stars of the show Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the fan-favorite antique hunting reality show is currently airing its 22nd season and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Following the previous season’s finale, fans became worried that the show wouldn’t be able to survive through the pandemic. It was a legitimate concern, given the hands-on nature of the show. Mike and Frank travel the country, showing up at places like old garages, storage facilities, and barns. But now, the show is 17 episodes through its 22nd season and is going strong.
The major concern for fans now is the departure of longtime co-host Frank Fritz. Fritz and Wolfe grew up together, and the pair have been hauling in loot for decades. Their dynamic was a major reason for the initial success of “American Pickers.” And Fritz leaving has thrown a little bit of doubt on what the show’s future will look like.
Fritz dealt with several health problems recently, and he embarked on a weight loss journey that has seen him slim down significantly. He hasn’t appeared on the show since 2020, and now fans’ fears have been confirmed. It doesn’t look like he’s coming back. He cited some personal issues with Mike Wolfe and “American Pickers” itself.
“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,” Fritz told The Sun.
For now, it seems the show is rotating guests in to take the place of Frank Fritz.
‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Chimes in on Frank Fritz’s Departure
Yesterday, the official “American Pickers” Instagram account posted a photo of Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby, and Frank Fritz.
“I have known Frank for as long as I can remember, he’s been like a brother to me. The journey that Frank, Dani, and I started back in 2009, like all of life, has come with its highs and lows, blessings and challenges, but it has also been the most rewarding,” the caption reads, quoting Mike Wolfe.
There was no indication of any bad blood on Mike Wolfe’s end. Though, that would be consistent with the way Frank Fritz described the situation. He felt that Wolfe was indifferent to the issues he was having and he even thought that his longtime co-host was trying to replace him.
“I will miss Frank, just like all of you, and I pray for the very best and all good things for him on the next part of his journey,” Mike Wolfe’s quote continued.