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American Pickers fans refuse to watch Season 23 after Frank Fritz fire as ratings drop with host Mike & Robbie Wolfe

FANS boycotted American Pickers season 23 after host Frank Fritz was fired and replaced by Mike Wolfe’s brother Robbie.

The show’s ratings dropped dramatically after the season’s premiere last week as production continued without the star glitch.

Fans refused to watch American Pickers in Frank's absence

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Fans refused to watch American Pickers in Frank’s absenceCredit: Coleman-Rayner
Mike's brother Robbie has been selected to replace the banished star

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Mike’s brother Robbie has been chosen to replace the banished starCredit: Instagram

Fans decided not to support new episodes of American Pickers after Frank was fired last year.

Earlier this week, producers shared a sneak peek of Saturday’s new episode, where Mike discovers an old Banjo in West Virginia.

The official American Pickers Twitter account shared a photo from the episode where the reality TV star wields the guitar with the caption: “Mike @AmericanPicker Look for an old, super-tunnel banjo from the Brad and Bruce family’s former boutique property in Cottageville, West Virginia in this new Saturday episode. “

However, fans weren’t excited about the preview, as they shared their grievances about the new show without Frank.

“Now no longer tracking or watching Frank has slipped,” one claimed.

“I won’t watch the show anymore, you guys did Frank shitty,” one second agreed.

The third complains: “Where’s Frank!?” while another commented: “Where is Frank?? 💩show.”

“Frank or give up!” one protested, while the last added: “Frank is a big shortcoming.”

MISSING FRANK

American Pickers’ ratings plummeted after Part 23 is out on Saturday, January 1.

After longtime host Frank Fritz was kicked out of the show in July, the network brought in star Mike Wolfe’s brother Robbie in his place.

The Sun exclusively revealed that although ratings still over 1 million viewers, the quantity reduced compared to previous seasons.

The Season 23 premiere brought in 1,050,000 viewers, less than the Season 22 premiere on January 25, 2021, with 1,273,000 followers.

Episodes featuring the fan-favorite Frank also had higher ratings, as the March 2, 2020, episode, which was his last, had 1,282,000 viewers watched.

BRING IN Brotherhood

The new numbers come after the History Channel replaced the TV character with Robbie, Mike’s brother in actor photos and on the website.

Frank57 years old, last appeared on American Pickers in the Spring, as he took time to recover from back surgery.

The layoff of the original member was announced in July, although he expressed a desire to return to the History program.

His Tired back surgery leaving him 185 stitches and two sticks in the spine.

ADDITIONAL PROBLEM

During the American Pickers break, Frank lost 65 pounds, as he is currently living a healthier lifestyle and does not drink alcohol.

The Iowa native also told The Sun that he put in rehab for alcohol abuse in 77 days.

Frank said last year: “I went to rehab and I’ve been sober for 11 months now.

“I didn’t like drinking anymore. My mom was an alcoholic and she passed away 5 years ago and it was alcohol related. My grandfather was an alcoholic and he died. That doesn’t suit me. “

The History Channel star went on to say that he goes to meetings “twice a week” after work.

RELIABLE FRIENDS

So is Frank revealed his feud with actor Mike Wolfe, who remained a permanent fixture on the show even though his co-star had left.

He previously told The Sun of their breakup: “I haven’t spoken to Mike in two years. He knew my back was a mess, but he didn’t wake me up and ask how I was. It’s just that. “

Frank now owns his Illinois store, Frank Fritz Finds, and resides in his native Iowa.

Frank struggles with alcoholism

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Frank struggles with alcoholismCredit: History Channel
He was cut from the show in July

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He was cut from the show in JulyCredit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz / History
Mike recruited his brother to take over

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Mike recruited his brother to take overCredit history
American Pickers Returns With New Episodes In January As Mike Wolfe And Friends Start The Season Without Being Fired By Frank Fritz

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tv/17262418/american-pickers-fans-refuse-watch-season-23-frank/ American Pickers fans refuse to watch Season 23 after Frank Fritz fire as ratings drop with host Mike & Robbie Wolfe

Huynh Nguyen

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