AMERICAN Pickers star Mike Wolfe confirmed Frank Fritz is NOT returning to the show.
The news comes after the co-stars got into a nasty feud.
Mike took to Instagram to set the record straight on whether or not Frank will return to the show on Wednesday.
Alongside a photo of Mike and Frank sitting with co-star Danielle Colby, Mike wrote: “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 support that you all have given us has been a constant reminder of what the show’s message has always been; thru these places, people, and things we all have a common thread. We’re here to not only take care of the past, but also each other.”
Mike concluded: “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.”
American Pickers fans quickly took to the comments section to slam the network for removing Frank from the show.
One person wrote: “Not Frank!!! Stupid move, I’m done watching.”
Another added: “The fans really want to at least know a reason for his departure. He was a large part of our enjoyment of the show and it’s totally different without him.”
A third chimed in: “What is going on? Bring back Frank! Can’t stand Jersey John or whatever and Rob is boring.”
Another added: “Frank rules! I’ll miss him on the show!”
An additional Instagram user commented: “NOOOOO bring back Frank!!!! There’s no show without him.”
Fans continued to complain as another added: “Frank and Mike complimented each other like peanut butter and jelly. The show will never be the same. Just my opinion.”
A following fan commented: “I thinks its chicken shit that he was taken off the show.”
The American Pickers alum previously stepped away from the show to recover from back surgery with his last episode airing in March 2020.
The Sun previously reported the reality star lost 65 pounds after living a healthier lifestyle and remaining sober from alcohol.
FRIEND OR FOE?
Frank joined the cast of American Pickers in 2010, but his absence for the last year and a half has seemingly gone unnoticed.
Despite their decade-long co-hosting relationship, Frank previously told The Sun that he hasn’t spoken to Mike in two years.
The Iowa native never reached out to check on his co-star post-surgery after a history of not seeing eye-to-eye.
Frank recently expressed that he would love to return to the show, though a source told TMZ that producers have no plans in place for his reappearance.
Additionally, an insider claimed to The Sun that he believes Mike wants to replace him with his brother Robbie.
During the show’s latest episode, fans expressed their concern about Frank’s disappearance from American Pickers and slammed producers for their “secrecy.”
Many took to Twitter to inquire about his whereabouts after nearly two years without airtime.
“I’m left thinking Frank ‘Jimmy Hoffa’ Fritz!!! 🙁 Just tell us where the little dude is, why all the secrecy????” one ranted.
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