As it turns out, according to Celeb Hook, Frank Fritz hasn’t put “American Pickers” behind him just yet, but there are a handful of factors that are preventing his immediate return. First and foremost, COVID-19 is still very much a problem, and being someone with a serious, preexisting medical condition, risking catching the virus is surely something Fritz would want to avoid. As the website notes, he’s quarantining in LeClaire, Iowa — the location of one of the two Antique Archaeology stores — where he recently sold his and his ex-fiancé, Diann Bankson’s, $358,000 home (via The U.S. Sun).
It’s also worth mentioning that Mike Wolfe has acknowledged Fritz’s disappearance, with Reality Titbit reporting his announcement that his friend requires back surgery for an undisclosed reason. Though any kind of operation on the back or spine can incur a lengthy recovery period, the show has hinted that Fritz will reunite with Wolfe sooner rather than later. With COVID vaccination numbers soaring and mask mandates being slowly rolled back as well, hopefully, he’ll feel more comfortable hitting the road with his longtime co-host and digging through America’s biggest treasure troves once again.
As of this writing, no concrete date has been given for Frank Fritz’s “American Pickers” comeback, but rest assured, he’ll grace television screens everywhere in no time.