American Pickers fans, we have some bad news.
Frank Fritz will not be returning to the series when he returns to the History Channel.
Entertainment Weekly announced the news, revealing that he is leaving the show he has co-hosted alongside Mike Wolfe since its first premiere in 2010.
Fritz last appeared on the show in March 2020, with reports at the time indicating that he would not be returning for the final series of episodes.
They were filmed during COVID-19, and the star was recovering from back surgery and complications from Crohn’s disease.
The star also recently revealed that her relationship with Wolfe is broken.
“I haven’t spoken to Mike for two years,” Fritz told The Sun.
“He knew my back was fucked up, but he didn’t call me to ask how I was. It’s just like that.
As for what widened the rift between the co-hosts, Fritz believes it was because of Wolfe’s ego.
“The show is tilted towards him 1000%,” he said.
“I can’t even bend that low to show you how bad.” It is very good. It’s like you have Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the leader. “
“I found my place, I’m second and he’s number one in the series. It’s not a problem with me, maybe he has a problem.”
Fritz also suggested that he could be replaced by Wolfe’s brother Robbie, whom Wolfe allegedly tried to make this happen with the network.
Wolfe responded to the news via TMZ.
“The journey that Frank, Dani and I began in 2009, like all of life, has seen its ups and downs, blessings and challenges, but it has also been the most rewarding.”
“I will miss Frank, as will all of you,” he said in the statement.
“I pray for the best and all good things for him in the next part of his journey.”
It will certainly be different without Frank in the long run, but it’s unclear whether the series will introduce a new host down the line.
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Paul Dailly is the associate editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.