AMERICAN Pickers star Mike Wolfe “hasn’t reached out” to his fired ex-friend Frank Fritz after money and fame “changed” him.
Franco, 58, was fired from raccoglitori americani nel mese di luglio 2021 after he took time off the series in March 2020 per recuperare da un intervento chirurgico alla schiena.
The fan-favorite previously told The Sun that he and Mike, who were childhood friends and grew up together in Davenport, Iowa, had a falling out before his firing from the series.
A source close to Frank exclusively revealed Mike hasn’t reached out to him since the firing.
azione legale: “Mike hasn’t reached out to Frank, he could care less.
“They both came from nothing. Money just changed Mike. It changed Frank too.”
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‘HE HAS A PROBLEM WITH ME’
Franco previously told The Sun of their falling out: "Non parlo con Mike da due anni. Sapeva che la mia schiena era incasinata, ma non mi ha chiamato per chiedermi come stavo. 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.
Lui ha spiegato: “Lo spettacolo è inclinato verso di lui 1,000 per cento. Non posso nemmeno piegarmi così in basso per mostrarti quanto.
“Va bene. È come se avessi gli Aerosmith e c'è Steven Tyler ed è il front man. ho trovato il mio posto, Io sono secondo e lui è il numero uno nello show. Non è un problema con me, maybe he does have a problem.”
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But Frank insisted he is “bigger” when it comes to viewers.
The fan-favorite 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 cartello, not an $8,000 cartello.
“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.”
Frank then said it would be “hard” to “put the show on after not talking to somebody for two years.”
Ha anche ammesso: “I think Mike wants to get his brother Robbie in there to replace me. 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 anni. 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 collector added: “I’m just trying to get through life like everybody else and be as happy as I possibly can. Life is what you put into it. If you don’t put much into it you don’t get a lot out of it.”
A rep for Mike did not immediately respond to The Sun’s request for comment at the time of the interview.
‘HE’S BEEN LIKE A BROTHER TO ME’
Mike was the one to reveal Frank had been fired from the show nel mese di luglio 2021.
Ha scritto su 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, persone, 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, proprio come tutti voi, e prego per il meglio e per tutte le cose buone per lui nella prossima parte del suo viaggio”.
Suo fratello Robbie ended up replacing Frank nello spettacolo, as he became an official cast member last season.
But Frank has plans for a comeback, as The Sun previously reported he’s working on getting his own show.
A source close to Frank previously told The Sun: “He is in touch with a producer who lives in Las Vegas. Frank has sold him a lot of stuff for his ranch.
“He recently went out there again. I think it could be for his show.”
In the pictures, Frank looked happy and healthy as he smiled big next to a fan.
A member captioned the series of photos: “This was from yesterday when Frank ‘picked’ his Corvette up from my buddy Mike’s shop after repair.
“He sat and shot the breeze for three hours or so. It was a blast. Great guy!"
The fan claimed Frank “will never go back to American Pickers.”
The member continued: “He is trying to get a show about nostalgic car restorations with a story behind them in the works.”
‘BRING FRANK BACK!’
Fans have even boycotted the series and demanded Frank star in his own spinoff.
Un fan ha scritto sui social: “Bring Frank back with his own show!"
Un secondo ha detto: “I think Frank would do better on his own show. I would watch it.”
rimase inespressivo e sedeva a gambe incrociate in mezzo al trambusto: “Frank should start his own show. It would be better than Pickers.”
A fourth fan wrote: “We haven’t watched American Pickers since you left the show Frank. You are missed. Take care bud.”
LIFE AFTER PICKERS
Come riportato da The Sun, Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episodio, as he took time off to recuperare da un intervento chirurgico alla schiena, che lo ha lasciato con 185 punti e due verghe nella spina dorsale.
Durante il suo tempo libero dallo spettacolo, Frank ha perso 65 libbre, as he is living a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.
He also told The Sun that he è entrato in riabilitazione per dipendenza da alcol in Iowa per 77 giorni.
Frank previously said: “I went to rehab and I’ve been sober now for 11 mesi.
“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 o 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.
The former History Channel star said he would’ve been sober for a year if it weren’t for a relapse.
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Franco currently lives in his Iowa farmhouse that he bought for $130,000 back on May 14, 2010.
He owns antique shop Frank Fritz Finds located in Illinois.