AMERICAN Pickers fans slammed the show for its “secrecy” amid Frank Fritz’s “absence.”
Fans took to Twitter to wonder if the TV personality will “ever come back” to the show.
American Pickers fans slammed the show for their ‘secrecy’ regarding Frank’s ‘absence’Credit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz/History
The TV personality hasn’t appeared on the show since March 2020Credit: Coleman-Rayner
Viewers took to Twitter to comment on Frank’s absence from the showCredit: @TurtontheTurtle//Twitter
Before Monday’s episode of American Pickers aired on the History Channel, fans took to Twitter to wonder if star Frank will ever return to the small screen.
In response to a tweet promoting the show’s new episode, one fan wrote: “I’m left thinking Frank ‘Jimmy Hoffa’ Fritz!!! 🙁 Just tell us where the little dude is, why all the secrecy????”
Another added: “Where is Frank gone?”
A third asked the same question as they wondered: “Where’s Frank?”
FRANK SPEAKS OUT
The show has not fully explained Frank’s absence, though the TV personality recently opened up about his departure from the show during an exclusive interview with The Sun.
Frank seemed unsure about his future on the show as he told The Sun: “That was a big thing about coming back to the show. How can I come back to the show 65lbs lighter?
“I would like to come back to the show, but we will see. I was doing it for 11 years, but there is a lot of controversy going on right now.”
After noting Mike’s ongoing divorce from wife Jodi following nearly nine years of marriage, Frank continued: “It’s up to the network whether I come back on the show. It ain’t gonna affect me one bit. I didn’t leave the show, I finished shooting and then I had a little back surgery and the pandemic came.”
Mike previously claimed Frank’s absence from the series was because he was recovering from back surgery.
Frank said of how his back is today: “My back is doing perfect. I had a couple of rods put in there. It was from lifting stuff all the time.
“If you watch the show you can see who the guy is that’s lifting all the time, it’s always me. It had been hurting for a long, long time. I’m talking months and months and months.”
FRIENDS OR FOES?
Frank said: “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.”
While Frank refused to reveal the exact cause of the falling out, he claimed there was tension over their shared American Pickers stardom.
He explained: “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.”
Fans reacted to Frank’s absence ahead of Monday’s epsiodeCredit: History
Frank recently sat down with The Sun to discuss why he’s no longer on the showCredit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz/History
He revealed he had a falling out with ‘arrogant’ co-star MikeCredit: Getty
Frank has dropped 65lbs since last appearing on the showCredit: Coleman-Rayner