AMERICAN Pickers’ Mike Wolfe has been slammed by fans for “acting fake” while begging fans to pray for Frank Fritz through his hospitalization despite the ex-co-stars’ feud.
Frank’s fans stormed Facebook to slam Mike for his performative post.
One fan wrote: “Why the concern now, Mike? You weren’t worried before. A little too late, I think. Pretty lame, not real.”
Another slammed: “Mike needs to stop acting fake.”
A third posted: “Mike should be feeling like s**t right now for what he did to Frank.”
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Yet a fourth commented: “Prayers for Frank and his family and real friends.”
A fifth fan said: “Mike, you suck. Where were you for the last few years when he needed you? Never even calling him to see how he was after his back operation!”
Another posted: “Mike, I hope it is not too late for you to just be a friend.”
A final fan wrote: “No offense, I’m glad Mike said something but he’s being fake. He dumps him like a bad habit, fires him and now says he cares.
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“I think she’s trying to get attention. I love Frank and I miss seeing him. I don’t think Mike gives a d**n.”
He last appeared on the show during a March 2020 episode, before he took time off to recover from a grueling back surgery that left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine.
Mike was the one who publicly revealed that Frank had been booted from the show in July 2021.
Although they were childhood friends, Frank exclusively revealed to The Sun that Mike has not reached out to him since he was fired from the show.
“I haven’t talked to Mike in two years,” he said.
“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.”
Since Frank was let go, The Sun has revealed that the show’s ratings have plummeted to under one million viewers for the first time in years.
Viewers have claimed that it is “unwatchable” without Indiana native Frank.
In an effort to turn his life around, Frank recently lost 65 pounds and he was believed to be living a healthier lifestyle and avoiding alcohol.
He told The Sun last year that he checked into rehab for alcohol abuse for 77 days.
It came after his nasty split from longtime girlfriend turned ex-fiancee Diann Bankson.
Frank said of their breakup: “I tried to drink her away. I never drank that much before.”
The vintage enthusiast also suffers from Crohn’s disease, which he has been battling for over 30 years.
Besides his health issues, Frank had been working on his own Illinois antique shop since he was let go by The History Channel.
Frank spoke to The Sun in July 2021, shortly after the news broke about his release from the series, claiming that he was eager to return to the cast.
He said at the time: “I would like to come back to the show. I was doing it for 11 years. I’m 100 percent recovered now and I’m ready to roll and go back on the show.”
But Frank claimed the network wouldn’t give him a straight answer about returning, as he continued: “They talk out of both sides of their mouth. It would be like me telling you I want to go back on the show and then tomorrow going, ‘I never said that, I never said anything about that.’
“The show runner called me on my birthday on October 11 of last year and he said ‘I’ll call you back tomorrow,’ but I haven’t heard from those people at all. They don’t contact me.”
The collector added: “I don’t know if they can do it cheaper without having me on there or what the situation is.
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“I want to go back on the show, but it depends on the network. It ain’t gonna affect me one bit, but I would like to be back for my fans.”
Many fans have blamed Frank’s long-time co-star Mike Wolfe for his firing, as the pair’s relationship has suffered since he left for surgery in March 2020.Frank’s shocking stroke comes one year after he was fired from the show[/caption] Frank had been on the show for 11 years alongside Mike before the two fell out of touch[/caption] Frank exclusively told The Sun last year that he had intentions of returning to the show again[/caption]