AMERICAN Pickers’ fired star Frank Fritz SLAMMED his ex-costar Mike Wolfe for his “bulls**t” statement that he “prays” for him.
Mike, 57, confirmed Frank, 55, won’t return to the show with an Instagram post in July.
Frank slammed Mike for his ‘bulls**t’ statement that he ‘prays’ for himCredit: Getty
Mike confirmed Frank’s departure from American Pickers last monthCredit: Mike Wolfe/Instagram
American Pickers has aired on the History Channel since 2010Credit: Instagram @twolanesguesthouse
Following Frank’s absence from American Pickers, Mike took to Instagram on July 21 to reveal his longtime co-star is no longer part of the show.
In the statement, Mike said he’s “known Frank for as long as I can remember” and “he’s been like a brother to me.”
After stating that the “message” of the show is that we “all have a common thread,” 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.”
FRANK SPEAKS OUT
He said: “Mike’s statement was bulls***, somebody wrote it out for him.
“We never were friends in grade school.
“I don’t believe in ten years he’s said five nice things to me, you know?
“Unless he was cutting somebody else down and we were both laughing.”
Frank continued: “Mike didn’t call me himself, never, like I said – we haven’t spoken for two years.
“That is the 100% truth and I don’t like people that lie to people.
“I’m not a liar just for the fact that my brain can’t remember if I lied or not.
“I don’t lie to people, even if it hurts. If it hurts your feelings, I’m sorry. If you don’t like me anymore that’s your problem.”
After reiterating that he hasn’t spoken to Mike in two years, Frank said: “That is true and I’m not going to sit here and f****** lie to people.
“And if he doesn’t like it, then maybe he should have f****** called me. Maybe he should have called and said ‘Hey, how’s your back doing?’”
Frank- who previously opened up to The Sun about his back injury that led him to lose 65lbs– added: “He knows I hurt my back, everyone in the whole network knew I hurt my back, but did one person – just one – call and see how I was? No.
“So how does that make you feel? It makes you feel like you’re just a number.
“It was like ‘Oh you hurt your back? Well life goes on, you know. F*** you.”
The Sun has reached out to Mike’s rep for comment.
American Pickers fans wondered where Frank was during the most recent season, as his last episode aired in March 2020.
While he told The Sun his initial absence was due to him recovering his back injury, he also revealed hasn’t spoken to Mike in two years.
Frank said: “[Mike] 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.”
While the exact cause of the tension wasn’t made clear, Frank did say: “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.”
Just days ago, American Pickers star Danielle Colby broke her silence regarding Frank’s departure.
Alongside a photo of her and Mike, she wrote on Instagram: “I’m truly saddened for the loss of Frank on the show. I’m incredibly sad for his struggles.
“I have personally watched everything over the last decade. I have many thoughts but won’t speak them as they are only my my thoughts, not gospel.”
The 45-year-old continued: “I wish things could have been different but we must be accountable for our actions when we cause instability or pain and suffering to others.
“Frank caused so much pain for himself that it has been hard to watch. I truly hope Frank receives all the help he needs to become well after years of being unwell.
“It is not my place to speak Ill of someone who needs help so I will keep my comments uplifting. I’m sending love to everyone…”
Frank revealed he hasn’t spoken to Mike in two yearsCredit: Getty
Danielle addressed Frank’s departure from the show in a lengthy Instagram postCredit: Instagram / @daniellecolbyqor