9:43 AM PT — Mike simply confirmed Frank will not be returning to the present. He tells TMZ … he is recognized Frank for so long as he can keep in mind and that he is like a brother to him. He says, “The journey that Frank, Dani and I began again in 2009, like all of life, has include its highs and lows, blessings and challenges, nevertheless it has additionally been essentially the most rewarding.”
Mike provides, “I’ll miss Frank, identical to all of you, and I pray for the perfect and all good issues for him on the following a part of his journey.”
“American Pickers” will stay a one-man present for the foreseeable future … ‘trigger TMZ’s realized it has no plans to carry again Mike Wolfe‘s ex-cohost Frank Fritz, and it has nothing to do with their fallout.
Sources near the manufacturing inform TMZ … Frank stepped away from the present some time again to cope with well being issues that required again surgical procedure. This, on high of already coping with Crohn’s illness. Frank hasn’t appeared on the present since a March 2020 episode.
When Frank stepped away, we’re advised the present needed to go on. They continued filming with simply Mike on the helm.
Frank had been a staple on the present since 2010, however just lately mentioned he hasn’t spoken to Mike in 2 years … and his outdated cohost did not attain out after the surgical procedure. Frank’s since misplaced practically 70 kilos by exercising in an effort to have a greater deal with on his Crohn’s battle.
It is no secret the ex-‘Pickers’ duo hasn’t gotten alongside for years, however our sources say Frank’s solely off the present as a result of he left to are inclined to his well being. Though, he just lately mentioned he’d prefer to be again, we’re advised producers really feel the present’s doing fantastic with solo Mike.
Frank’s speculated Mike’s angling to get his personal brother, Robbie, as a cohost — he has been on the present these days — however we’re advised that is not taking place both.
The one alternative Mike’s made in his life to date is with his new girlfriend … after his spouse filed for divorce.
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