‘American Pickers’ Fans Slam Show for ‘Secrecy’ Surrounding Frank Fritz Departure

by Matthew Wilson
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“American Pickers” fans are not a happy bunch right now. Many viewers are questioning if they’ll ever see Frank Fritz on the show again. Right now, the reality star’s fate is a bit up in limbo. And fans aren’t appreciating that producers haven’t given a clear answer on Fritz going forward.

With the latest episode of “American Pickers” airing on the History Channel, fans are asking where is Frank Fritz? The star hasn’t been on the show in some time and that isn’t likely to change. But viewers are tired of the “secrecy” surrounding the hosting of the show.

So fans took to social media to air their grievances. For instance, one viewer wrote: “I’m left thinking Frank ‘Jimmy Hoffa’ Fritz!!! 🙁 Just tell us where the little dude is, why all the secrecy????”

Several other fans began to chime in as well. “Where is Frank gone?” one wrote.

And yet another online user questioned, “Where’s Frank?”

While Frank Fritz may not have disappeared off the face of the earth, he has left “American Pickers” seemingly in the rearview mirror. But the reality star admitted that it’s up to producers if he comes back to join co-host Mike Wolfe for more adventures.

Frank Fritz Leaves ‘American Pickers

Getting candid, Frank Fritz spoke with The Sun about why he left. He said that he was experiencing some health problems that prevented him from staying with the program. Mostly, Fritz said he couldn’t continue lifting all those heavy boxes.

“That was a big thing about coming back to the show. How can I come back to the show 65lbs lighter?” Fritz told the outlet. “I would like to come back to the show, but we will see. I was doing it for 11 years, but there is a lot of controversy going on right now.”

Fritz is referring to his co-host Mike Wolfe’s recent divorce. Both Fritz and Wolfe had had a bit of a falling out in the past couple of years. In fact, they haven’t spoken to each other in the past two. “It’s up to the network whether I come back on the show. It ain’t gonna affect me one bit. I didn’t leave the show, I finished shooting and then I had a little back surgery and the pandemic came,” Fritz said.

Wolfe also confirmed that Fritz left the show because he was still recovering from back surgery. But now, Frank says he’s better and could be on “American Pickers” again if producers chose to.

“My back is doing perfect. I had a couple of rods put in there. It was from lifting stuff all the time,” he said. “If you watch the show you can see who the guy is that’s lifting all the time, it’s always me. It had been hurting for a long, long time. I’m talking months and months and months.”

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