‘American Pickers’ star Danielle Colby breaks silence on 'sad' Frank Fritz exit, stands by Mike Wolfe

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Why was Frank Fritz fired from American Pickers?

Fritz served as cohost of American Pickers since its first episodes in 2010. His last appearance was in March 2020, and he cited back surgery and his ongoing struggles with Crohn's disease as the reasons for his absence. EW.com'American Pickers' star Danielle Colby 'truly saddened' by Frank Fritz's exit from show

The "American Pickers" star broke her silence on Monday after Frank Fritz revealed his strained relationship with his former co-host.

The 45-year-old shared a candid selfie with Wolfe, 57, on Instagram while they were both hitting the road.

"Out on the road again with my best friend and my big brother whose I support fully and stand behind," she captioned the photo. "Thank you for the last decade of advocacy towards myself and others on set. @mikewolfeamericanpicker I’m proud of how you have handled the last 12 years and look forward to many more years of rolling around this big blue marble together."

"I’m truly saddened for the loss of Frank on the show," Colby shared. "I’m incredibly sad for his struggles. I have personally watched everything over the last decade. I have many thoughts but won’t speak them as they are only my thoughts, not gospel. I wish things could have been different but we must be accountable for our actions when we cause instability or pain and suffering to others."

"Frank caused so much pain for himself that it has been hard to watch," Colby continued. "I truly hope Frank receives all the help he needs to become well after years of being unwell. It is not my place to speak Ill of someone who needs help so I will keep my comments uplifting. I’m sending love to everyone."

Colby stressed she was opening up now because she didn’t want tabloids to speak out on her behalf. Her goal, she said, is to share her stance on the matter.

"The only reason I’m speaking to this right now is because everybody is speculating on my words and my words are being taken out of context in tabloid rags because they can’t interview me because I will not interview with a tabloid rag," wrote Colby. "So if you wanna know how I feel. Here’s exactly how I feel. I hope everybody gets well. I hope everybody continues to love each other even through the hard s—t."

A rep for Fritz didn't immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

The popular History Channel reality series, which premiered in 2010, chronicles the adventures of the pickers as they travel across the country in hopes of finding and rescuing prized objects with stories deeply rooted in American history. Colby provides much-needed assistance when the two minds find themselves in comedic binds along the way.

But earlier this month, Fritz confirmed that his friendship with Wolfe has been on the rocks. The 55-year-old told The Sun he has left the series and is no longer in touch with Wolfe.

"I haven’t talked to Mike in two years," the 55-year-old told the outlet. "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."'

While Fritz wouldn’t detail the exact reason for his departure, he described feeling like he was in "second" place on "American Pickers."

"The show is titled towards him 1,000 percent," he claimed. "I can’t even bend that far down to show you how much. That’s fine. It’s like you’ve got Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the frontman. I found my spot, I’m second and he’s number one on the show. That’s no problem with me, maybe he does have a problem."

Fritz also revealed that audiences could easily identify with him more, making him a "bigger" star among fans.

"I’m not arrogant and I’m more of a regular ol’ guy," he explained. "The guy that connects with me is the guy who buys a 30 pack of Busch Light and a pizza on the weekend. That’s my guy. My guy buys a $150 sign, not an $8,000 sign. I’m more of the common man guy, I haven’t found a $100,000 vase or any Michelangelo stuff. I’ve never really had a big, big score like that. But all the small scores are the bread and butter and that’s my deal."

A rep for The History Channel and Wolfe didn’t immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. However, Wolfe confirmed on Instagram that Fritz has left the show, adding he will miss his former co-host.

"I have known Frank for as long as I can remember, he’s been like a brother to me," Wolfe wrote. "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," he shared. We’re here to not only take care of the past, but also each other. 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."

Fritz told the outlet that it would be difficult to "put the show on after not talking to somebody for two years."

"I think Mike wants to get his brother Robbie in there to replace me," Fritz claimed. "I don’t know why he’s behaving like that towards me. You couldn’t just stick two people in a van and get the chemistry you get from me and Mike. We’ve known each other for about 40 years. We can finish each other’s sentences. When everybody is getting along and there’s no drama, me and him are very good together."

The celebrated collector said he’s now eager to move on and start a new chapter in his life. Most recently, he unveiled a 65-pound weight loss to keep his Crohn’s Disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, "under control the best I can." He credited the transformation to healthy eating habits.

"I’m just trying to get through life like everybody else and be as happy as I possibly can," said Fritz. "Life is what you put into it. If you don’t put much into it you don’t get a lot out of it."

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Why Frank Fritz left 'American Pickers'—and what his co-stars have said

Newsweek 03 August, 2021 - 11:05am

American Pickers has not featured cast member Frank Fritz on screen for some time now, and in July it was confirmed by History Channel show star Mike Wolfe that his colleague is gone for good.

On Instagram, Wolfe said: "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.

"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."

When Fritz disappeared from the show, the official reason given was that he was recovering from back surgery and dealing with complications from his Crohn's disease. He also entered an alcohol rehab center and as of July was 11 months sober.

Fritz told The Sun, "I finished shooting and then I had a little back surgery and the pandemic came."

He also told the tabloid that he was ready to return to the show, saying, "I would like to come back to the show. I was doing it for 11 years. I'm 100 percent recovered now and I'm ready to roll and go back on the show."

However, he then dished on his issues with co-star Wolfe. He said, "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. It's like you've got Aerosmith and there's Steven Tyler and he's the front man. I found my spot, I'm second and he's number one on the show. That's no problem with me, maybe he does have a problem."

He also claimed that he had not been contacted by the showrunners of the show since October 2020, and had not spoken to Wolfe for "two years."

Co-star Danielle Colby seems to have sided with Wolfe's comments. In a lengthy Instagram post, she said: "I'm truly saddened for the loss of Frank on the show. I'm incredibly sad for his struggles. I have personally watched everything over the last decade. I have many thoughts but won't speak them as they are only my my thoughts, not gospel.

"I wish things could have been different but we must be accountable for our actions when we cause instability or pain and suffering to others. Frank caused so much pain for himself that it has been hard to watch. I truly hope Frank receives all the help he needs to become well after years of being unwell."

Another Instagram post by Colby has been read by many to be referring to Fritz. She said, "sometimes your personality just won't fit into their world or narrative in a positive way no matter how hard you try or how much you want to belong or be with them or 'be a part', of their circle, sometimes you just have to be ok with being apart from them."

American Pickers officially removes Frank Fritz from website after he was fired

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Frank's co-star Mike Wolfe confirmed his termination after their nasty feud.

Frank no longer appears on the American Pickers' website bios page, as now only Mike and costar Danielle Colby are featured.

Recently, Danielle slammed Frank for "causing pain" and begged the "unwell" star to "get help" after his firing

It kicked off after Danielle posted a pic of her and Mike on Instagram captioned: "I’m truly saddened for the loss of Frank on the show. I’m incredibly sad for his struggles.

"I have personally watched everything over the last decade. I have many thoughts but won’t speak them as they are only my thoughts, not gospel."

She continued: "I wish things could have been different but we must be accountable for our actions when we cause instability or pain and suffering to others.

"Frank caused so much pain for himself that it has been hard to watch. I truly hope Frank receives all the help he needs to become well after years of being unwell.

"It is not my place to speak Ill of someone who needs help so I will keep my comments uplifting. I’m sending love to everyone..."

Frank, 55, 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.

Last month, Mike shared with fans that Frank would not be returning to American Pickers, explaining: "... 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.”

Frank joined the popular History Channel program cast 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.

Frank said: "[Mike] 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.”

While the exact cause of the tension wasn't made clear, Frank did say: "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. It’s like you’ve got Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the frontman. I found my spot, I’m second and he’s number one on the show. That’s no problem with me, maybe he does have a problem.”

He added: "I’m not arrogant and I’m more of a regular ol’ guy. The guy that connects with me is the guy who buys a 30 pack of Busch Light and a pizza on the weekend. That’s my guy. My guy buys a $150 sign, not an $8,000 sign..."

Even amid Frank's firing, the program's ratings hit 1.3 million per episode.

The Sun exclusively revealed ratings on the March 2, 2020 episode, which was Frank's final show, had 1,282,000 viewers tune in. 

However, the July 19, 2021 episode without Frank reached 1,322,000 viewers, while the July 5 episode had 1,336,000 viewers. 

The rise in ratings comes as Frank exclusively told The Sun he would like to return to American Pickers, which he has appeared on since 2010. 

He said: “I’d still like to get back to my job, I miss my friends and my people and being on the road and meeting all those different characters.” 

Frank left the show to recover from grueling back surgery that left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine. 

During his time off from the show, Frank lost 65 pounds, as he is living a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.

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American Pickers ' Danielle Colby 'saddened' by Frank Fritz's exit from show, hopes he gets help

Yahoo Entertainment 03 August, 2021 - 09:03am

Earlier this week, Colby had confirmed she was on her way to film more American Pickers in Ohio with host Mike Wolfe, marking the first new development since word broke that Fritz wouldn't be returning to the program. On Monday, she wrote a lengthy Instagram post expressing her dismay over Fritz's departure and his personal issues. 

ZACHARY MAXWELL STERTZ/HISTORY From left, Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby, and Mike Wolfe of "American Pickers."     

"I'm truly saddened for the loss of Frank on the show," she wrote. "I'm incredibly sad for his struggles. I have personally watched everything over the last decade. I have many thoughts but won't speak them as they are only my my [sic] thoughts, not gospel. I wish things could have been different but we must be accountable for our actions when we cause instability or pain and suffering to others."

"Frank caused so much pain for himself that it has been hard to watch," she continued. "I truly hope Frank receives all the help he needs to become well after years of being unwell. It is not my place to speak Ill of someone who needs help so I will keep my comments uplifting."

Representatives for History Channel and Fritz didn't immediately respond to EW's requests for comment. 

Fritz served as cohost of American Pickers since its first episodes in 2010. His last appearance was in March 2020, and he cited back surgery and his ongoing struggles with Crohn's disease as the reasons for his absence. Fritz further told U.K. publication The Sun that he went to rehab for alcohol abuse. 

Fritz had also stated he was not on speaking terms with Wolfe and that his cohost had been trying to replace him on the show. 

History Channel confirmed last month that Fritz wouldn't be returning to American Pickers

"I have known Frank for as long as I can remember, he's been like a brother to me," Wolfe said in a statement at the time. "The journey that Frank, Dani [Danielle], 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. 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."

History Channel Cineclipse Prods/Kobal/Shutterstock Frank Fritz, Danielle Colby, and Mike Wolfe on 'American Pickers.'     

Colby wrote in her Instagram post that she supports "fully" and stands behind Wolfe. She mentioned the only reason she's addressing the matter with Fritz at all "is because everybody is speculating on my words and my words are being taken out of context in tabloid rags because they can't interview me because I will not interview with a tabloid rag." 

"So if you wanna know how I feel. Here's exactly how I feel. I hope everybody gets well," she wrote. "I hope everybody continues to love each other even through the hard s—."

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