Following his recent hospitalization, Frank Fritz needs some breathing room, according to a health update shared by his former “American Pickers” co-star Mike Wolfe.
Wolfe, who co-hosted History's antique-hunting reality show with Fritz, told People in a statement published Monday that Fritz’ privacy during his recovery is crucial.
"We asked that everyone keeps Frank (in) their thoughts and prayers," a representative for Wolfe told the outlet. "The most important thing is that we allow him time to heal and giving him the space to do so."
A representative for Fritz had no updates on Fritz's condition to share with USA TODAY.
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Fritz was hospitalized after suffering a stroke, Wolfe shared on Instagram Thursday.
"Frank has suffered a stroke and is in the hospital," wrote Wolfe in the post. "Please keep him in your hearts and thoughts. Frank I pray more than anything that you make it through this okay. I love you buddy."
Wolfe also addressed the rumors of tension between him and Fritz, who stopped appearing on “American Pickers” during Season 21.
"I have been very private in the past year in regards to Frank's life and the journey he’s been on. There has been lots of opinions in regards to mine and Frank’s friendship and the show," Wolfe wrote. "Now is not the time to set the record straight. Now is the time to pray for my friend."
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Why did Frank Fritz leave 'American Pickers'?
"American Pickers" follows antique hunters as they travel around the country rummaging through junkyards and attics for historic gems for resale. The series first aired on History in 2010 with Fritz and Wolfe as co-stars. Wolfe confirmed Fritz would no longer be on the show in July 2021, writing that he would "miss Frank."
"I pray for the very best and all good things for him on the next part of his journey," Wolfe wrote at the time.
However, Wolfe and Fritz share different accounts of Fritz's absence. Fritz revealed to The Sun in July 2021 that he "didn’t leave the show" and that his future on "American Pickers" was uncertain.
"It’s up to the network whether I come back on the show. It ain’t gonna affect me one bit," Fritz said. "I finished shooting and then I had a little back surgery and the pandemic came.”
While Wolfe expressed having a close relationship with Fritz then, Fritz also told The Sun that he and his old co-star hadn't spoken in two years.
"(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," he added.
"American Pickers" is currently airing its 23rd season with Wolfe, his brother Robbie Wolfe and antique shop manager Danielle Colby as co-stars.
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Contributing: Elise Brisco
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