AMERICAN Pickers has aired old Frank Fritz episodes after Mike Wolfe was slammed by fans as “fake” for his feud with his hospitalized ex-pal.
Starting on July 23rd, the two-day marathon kicked off with the 2015 installment, The Maineiacs.”
During the episode, Frank and Mike, 57, teamed up to meet with a reclusive octogenarian from Maine, who hid somewhere “deep in the north woods.”
As the marathon continued, the two hosts unmasked creepy collections in their Best Of compilation.
On an early Sunday morning – July 24th -the marathon concluded with the Hollywood Honey Hole installment.
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During the episode from 2019, the duo met with a stuntman from the Golden Age of cinema.
The marathon was held to promote the upcoming new episode of the History show on August 6th.
Meanwhile, news broke out that the former TV host suffered a stroke and has so far remained hospitalized.
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Frank has struggled with alcohol addiction for years and battled Crohn’s Disease, which is a chronic inflammatory bowel condition.
Upon hearing the news of his former co-star was in the hospital, Mike took to social media and asked fans “to pray for my friend.’
In his Instagram post: Mike wrote: “I have been very private in the past year in regards to Frank’s life and the journey he’s been on.
“There have been lots of opinions in regards to mine and Frank’s friendship and the show, but now is not the time to set the record straight. Now is the time to pray for my friend.”
He added: “Frank has suffered a stroke and is in the hospital. Please keep him in your hearts and thoughts.”
Mike concluded: “Frank, I pray more than anything that you make it through this okay. I love you, buddy.”
American Pickers fan called out the History star’s plea for support because he reportedly has not reached out to his former cast member since being fired from the show.
One of Frank’s fans wrote: “Why the concern now, Mike? You weren’t worried before. A little too late, I think. Pretty lame, not real.”
Another fan slammed: “Mike needs to stop acting fake.”
A third fan posted: “Mike should be feeling like s**t right now for what he did to Frank.”
A commentator chimed in: “Mike, you suck. Where were you for the last few years when he needed you? Never even calling him to see how he was after his back operation!”
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The Sun exclusively revealed that the ratings for the July 9th episode had just 833,000 viewers tune in.
Since Frank’s last appearance on the show in March 2020, the rating continues to plummet as the January 8th episode previously had 1,011,000 people watch.