AMERICAN Pickers star Mike Wolfe shaded his former co-star Frank Fritz with his store merchandise amid their nasty feud.
Mike Wolfe snubbed his former co-star Frank Fritz with his store merchandise[/caption]
Frank is not included on any of the merchandise despite his over 10-year run on the show[/caption]
The U.S. Sun can exclusively reveal Mike has shaded Frank with merchandise in his Iowa store, Antique Archeology.
In photos inside the shop obtained by The U.S. Sun, Mike has merchandise including magnets, mugs, shirts, hats and more.
But none of the merchandise features longtime host Frank, who appeared on the show since the 2010 premiere up until 2021.
Frank does have items for sale featuring Mike in his Iowa antique store, Frank Fritz Finds, as he is selling photos of their time together on the show for fans.
The Sun previously reported though that Frank shaded American Pickers with his own merchandise.
In photos exclusively obtained by The U.S. Sun, Frank is selling shirts that read: “I want Frank back.”
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American Pickers fans have been pleading for the return of the star, as many have even boycotted the show.
Other items in Frank’s store include signed vintage motor oil cans, an antique piano, signs, knick-knacks and more collectibles.
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Mike’s store is located in his Iowa hometown[/caption]
The star sells merchandise in his shop[/caption]
None of the items for sale includes his former co-star Frank[/caption]
The two had a falling out when Frank was fired from the show in 2021[/caption]
The store is popular with fans of the show[/caption]
LIFE AFTER PICKERS
During his time off the show, Frank lost 65 pounds.
He also told The Sun that he entered rehab for alcohol addiction in Iowa for 77 days.
Frank previously 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 was 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 later revealed that Frank had 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.”
The co-stars had been feuding, as 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.”
Mike’s younger brother Robbie replaced the original cast member.
Ratings have struggled since the cast shakeup.
FRANK’S HEALTH BATTLE
The Sun obtained the 911 call placed by Frank’s friend from the star’s Iowa farmhouse on July 14 just before 11am.
The friend said: “I just showed up at my friend’s house here and he was sprawled out on his floor. He can’t speak to me. He might be seizuring [sic] I’m not sure.”
Frank’s father, Bill Fritz, exclusively told The Sun that his son is in “stable” condition.
Despite their feud, Mike was the one to inform fans of the medical crisis.
Mike captioned an Instagram photo of the reality star soon after the stroke: “I have been very private in the past year in regards to Frank’s life and the journey he’s been on.
“There has 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. Frank has suffered a stroke and is in the hospital.
“Please keep him in your hearts and thoughts. Frank I pray more than anything that you make it through this okay. I love you buddy.”
Fans slammed Mike for being “fake” for asking for prayers despite their years-long feud.
In an interview with the Quad-City Times, an insider revealed that Frank was on the mend, and his health was improving daily.
“He would like everyone to know he continues to get better every day and is very determined,” the friend told the publication.
“He really is getting better every single day,” she added.
The friend also alluded that Frank was not happy that his medical crisis was released to the public by his former friend.
“While Frank was not prepared at the time for his condition to be published, he is grateful for all the prayers and well wishes,” she concluded.
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Frank currently lives in his Iowa farmhouse that he bought for $155,000 back on May 14, 2010.
The property also has a shed, barn and warehouse that stores more of his motorcycles.
Frank’s Illinois antique store carries merchandise including Mike[/caption]
Frank slammed the show by selling ‘I want Frank back’ shirts[/caption]