Why did Frank Fritz leave American Pickers?

After many rumors circulating the web, it is now official! Unfortunately, Frank Fritz will not be returning for another season of American Pickers on History Channel.

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, it appears History Channel has made their decision about hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, and the latter will not be returning to the reality series.

According to the source, Mike Wolfe wishes his former co-host the best, sharing in a statement:

“I have known Frank for as long as I can remember, he’s been like a brother tome. The journey that Frank, Dani (Danielle), and I started back in 2009, like all of life, has come with its highs and lows….but it has also been the most rewarding. I will miss Frank…and pray for the very best and all good things for him on the next part of his journey.”

It’s a lovely message and a touching goodbye to his former co-host, but things may not have been as peaceful as it seems between Wolfe and Fritz.

Fritz has been the cohost of American Pickers since it began in January 2010. His last episode aired back in March 2020. Fritz stepped away for back surgery and complications from Crohn’s further delayed his return, the source shares. And, of course, the pandemic didn’t help move things along, either. But an interview with The Sun spills additional details.

In the exclusive interview, Fritz commented on he and Wolfe’s strained friendship, telling the source:

“I haven’t talked to Mike in two years. 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.”

This is likely why, in Wolfe’s statement, Wolfe mentioned they have both been through “highs and lows.” Still, fans wouldn’t have been able to guess that the two haven’t spoken in two years! That’s a long time for friends who were so close before.

In the interview with The Sun, Fritz didn’t hold back, also sharing how “the show is tilted towards him [Wolfe] 1,000 percent. I can’t even bend that far down to show you how much.”

It’s always sad to learn that, cohost who appear so happy on-screen, are not as close as they seem!

What do you think about Fritz leaving the series? Do you think more details about the alleged feud will eventually surface?

A new season of American Pickers is currently in production, but new episodes for its 22nd season premiere Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on History Channel, you can also watch episodes on Hulu.

The series follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz (now only Wolfe) as they travel around the states to buy or “pick” different items for resale or clients who collect or request them.