AMERICAN Pickers fan-favorite Frank Fritz has been accused of “walking away” from fans, while ex-cohost Mike Wolfe “loves” show viewers.
Frank, 57, was fired from American Pickers in July after he took time off from the series to recover from back surgery.
The firing caused outrage among viewers, as Frank is the fan-favorite because of his down-to-earth and personable personality.
But when fan Johnny Ford met the picking duo at a Beaver Dam, Kentucky gas station in 2011, he claimed Frank was standoffish.
Johnny exclusively alleged to The Sun: “Mike was the nicest person I’ve ever met. Mike made me feel so special. I’ve never met anyone as nice, courteous and respectful as that man. Mike truly loves people.
“Frank on the other hand was rushing Mike to go. Mike told him he wanted to talk with the fans. Frank just sulked and walked away. It seems Frank is the one who wants to get what he can off of you, then he’s done with you.”
In a photo obtained by The Sun, Johnny is seen smiling alongside Mike and Frank.
Frank often takes photos with fans, as he was recently spotted with two viewers in what appeared to be in his antique shop Frank Fritz Finds in Illinois.
Frank is currently in a feud with Mike.
Frank previously told The Sun of their falling out: “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.
"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.”
But Frank insisted he is “bigger” when it comes to viewers.
He said: “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.
“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.”
Mike continues to appear on the show with co-star Danielle Colby.
FRANK'S NEW LIFE
The Sun revealed the first pictures of Frank since he last appeared on the show in March 2020.
Frank lost 65 pounds, as he has lived a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.
He also told The Sun that he entered rehab for alcohol addiction in Iowa for 77 days.
Frank said: “I went to rehab and I’ve been sober now for 11 months.
“I didn’t like drinking anymore. My mom was an alcoholic and she died five years ago and it was alcohol-related. My grandfather was an alcoholic and he died. That didn’t sit well with me.”
Frank said of his time in treatment: “They gave me a lot of information and we were booked up for 13 or 14 hours a day. There was no sitting around watching TV or eating food. You were scheduled out for an hour, then an hour and half, all through the day.
“They really give you a lot of one-on-one time. I read 12 self-help books while I was there. I didn’t f**k around. I really got into it. I went there to learn and get the most out of it that I possibly could.
“I had a great time there and I helped other people who were having problems too. It’s one of the best things that have happened to me.”
Frank continued that he goes to meetings "twice a week” after the stint.
Frank said he would’ve been sober for a year if it weren't for a relapse.
He added: "It was maybe for four hours, but it was enough. The next day I went to a meeting and I got right back on track.
“I don’t think I’ll ever have a drink again because I don't like the feeling anymore and some of the dumb things that I did.”
Frank continued: “I’m feeling really good. Life is good and I’d like to get back into the swing of things. I wish I had done it five years ago, I would have been a different person.
“It was the best thing for me and I wish I had done it sooner or I wouldn’t be in the position that I am right now.”
Frank has been open about wanting to return to American Pickers after his hiatus, as 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.”
But Mike revealed in July that Frank has been fired from the show.
He wrote on Instagram: "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.”
Frank previously told The Sun he is hoping for his own spinoff show after the firing.
He is currently living in Davenport, Iowa in his $155,000 farmhouse.
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