They’re nonetheless pickin’, however there’s hardly any grinnin’ occurring between the co-stars of The Historical past Channel’s American Pickers present.
Former co-star Frank Fritz has reacted to a previous assertion by co-star Mike Wolfe on Fritz’s exit from the truth sequence, slamming it and claiming he’s fed up with previous lies. Fritz has not appeared within the new season, and whereas it has not been confirmed that he was formally “fired,” his future standing stays murky at finest.
In late July, when information first began breaking about Fritz not showing on the present, Wolfe posted on Instagram about Fritz. He mentioned he would “miss” him and would “pray for the perfect and all good issues for him on the subsequent a part of his journey.
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“I’ve identified Frank for so long as I can keep in mind, he’s been like a brother to me. The journey that Frank, Dani (Danielle), and I began again in 2009, like all of life, has include its highs and lows, blessings and challenges, however it has additionally been essentially the most rewarding. I’ll miss Frank, similar to all of you, and I pray for the perfect and all good issues for him on the subsequent a part of his journey.”
Fritz has now gone nuclear about that.
“Mike’s assertion was bulls—t, anyone wrote it out for him,” Fritz advised The Sun this week.
“We had been by no means associates in grade faculty,” the 55-year-old claimed. “I don’t consider in 10 years he’s mentioned 5 good issues to me, you recognize? Until he was reducing anyone else down and we had been each laughing.”
Frank continued: “Mike didn’t name me himself, by no means, like I mentioned – we haven’t spoken for 2 years. That’s the 100% fact and I don’t like those that mislead individuals. I’m not a liar only for the truth that my mind can’t keep in mind if I lied or not. I don’t mislead individuals, even when it hurts. If it hurts your emotions, I’m sorry. For those who don’t like me anymore that’s your downside.”
“And if he doesn’t prefer it, then perhaps he ought to have f****** referred to as me. Possibly he ought to have referred to as and mentioned ‘Hey, how’s your again doing?’”
Fritz has acknowledged that he additionally entered alcohol rehab after his again surgical procedure. He added that the present has been imprecise about whether or not he had an opportunity of returning.
Fritz has been the cohost for the present because it started in Jan. 2010, Fritz’s final episode on the antiquing highway present aired in March 2020, however he didn’t return when the present emerged from its pandemic-imposed manufacturing hiatus.
“I didn’t depart the present,” he told the tabloid. “I completed taking pictures after which I had just a little again surgical procedure and the pandemic got here.”
American Pickers is at present in manufacturing on its eleventh 12 months and airing new episodes Mondays at 9 PM ET/PT on Historical past Channel.
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