AMERICAN Pickers fans have continued to beg for the return of Frank Fritz after the show debuts a new season.
Viewers of the History Channel program say the show just isn’t the same without its former star.
The new season of American Pickers premiered on July 9 after months of promotion, as the first episode had Mike Wolfe in Selma, Alabama, where he saw the family’s huge collection of vintage Petroliana, or gas station-related antiques.
Mike, 58, is clearly happy to see the collection as he focuses on a particular car.
Later, Danielle Colby and Mike’s brother, Robbie, arrive at a property in Arizona with some steam engines that turn heads.
However, fans clearly didn’t care about the premiere because it’s been a year since Frank left, but people are still dying for him to come back.
One wrote on Twitter: “I don’t watch anymore without Frank Fritz. Not as good as he was now he’s gone.”
Another agreed, saying: “I’ve been watching for a long time but unfortunately the show really needs Frank.
“… The show was always about more than picking. Frank was an important addition with a big personality that Robbie doesn’t have.”
“It’s gone without Frank,” chimed in a third, while another added: “It’s not the same without Frank.”
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“Bring back the bearded warlock,” wrote one viewer.
Frank was fired from the reality series in July 2021 after leaving the show to recover from 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 now lives a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.
The 56-year-old also told The Sun that he entered rehab for 77 days in Iowa for alcohol addiction.
As reported by The Sun, Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode.
Frank has previously been open about wanting to return to the show after his hiatus, saying: “I’d still like to go back to my job, I miss my friends and my people and being on the road and meeting all these different characters.”
However, his termination was confirmed last year by his now former co-host Mike.
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The two stars haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye since Frank exclusively told The Sun: “I haven’t spoken to Mike for two years. He knew I had my back but he didn’t ring me and ask how I was doing. So it’s just Yippee.
“The show is 1,000 percent tilted toward him. I can’t even bend over far enough to show you how much.”
He added: “It’s fine. It’s like you have Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the front man. I’ve found my place, I’m number two and he’s number one in the show. That’s not a problem for me, maybe it is. problem .”
These days, Frank is busy as he owns an antique store in Illinois.
He also revamped his business after rave reviews for “cheap and tacky” merchandise.