AMERICAN Pickers fans have continued to beg for Frank Fritz’s return after show debuts its new season.
Viewers of the History Channel program are claiming the show just isn’t the same without its former star.
The new season of American Pickers premiered on July 9th after months of promotion as the first episode had Mike Wolfe in Selma, Alabama where he got to see a family’s huge collection of vintage Petroliana- or antiques related to gas stations.
Mike, 58, is clearly happy about seeing the collection as he sets his sights on a particular car.
Later on, Danielle Colby and Mike’s brother, Robbie, arrive at a property in Arizona property with some head-turning steam engines.
However, fans were clearly not about the premiere as while it’s been a year since Frank’s exit, people are still yearning for his return.
One wrote on Twitter: “Not watching anymore without Frank Fritz. Not as good as it was now he’s gone.”
Another agreed and said: “Been a longtime watcher but unfortunately the show really needs Frank.
“… The show has always been more than picking. Frank was an important addition with a great personality that Robbie doesn’t possess.”
“Without Frank this is over,” a third chimed in while another added, “Not the same without Frank.”
“Bring back the bearded charmer,” one viewer wrote.
Frank was fired from the reality series in July 2021 after he exited the show to recover from his brutal back surgery that left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine.
During his time off the show, Frank lost 65 pounds, and he is now living a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.
The 56-year-old also told The Sun that he entered rehab for alcohol addiction in Iowa for 77 days.
As The Sun reported, Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode.
Frank was previously open about wanting to return to to the series 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.”
However, his termination was confirmed by his now former co-host Mike last year.
The two stars haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye since as Frank exclusively told The Sun: “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.”
He added: “That’s fine. It’s like you’ve got Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the frontman. 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.”
These days Frank is keeping busy as he owns an antique shop located in Illinois.
He has also fixed up his business after scathing reviews over “cheap and tacky” merchandise.