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American Pickers’ Frank Fritz looks unrecognizable after 65-lb weight loss as he resurfaces for first time in one year

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-07-19

AMERICAN Pickers star Frank Fritz looks unrecognizable after losing 65 pounds as he resurfaces for the first time in over one year in The Sun's exclusive photos.

Frank, 57, hasn’t appeared on History Channel’s American Pickers since March 2020, and viewers have been speculating about what led to the star’s mysterious mid-season disappearance.

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Frank Fritz is unrecognizable as he is seen for the first time in over a year Credit: Coleman-Rayner
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Frank dropped 65 pounds after living a healthier lifestyle Credit: Getty

In an exclusive interview with The Sun from Frank’s Le Claire, Iowa farmhouse, the collector debuted a shockingly thin appearance compared to his heavier figure on the show and revealed what has kept him off American Pickers.

Since Frank’s stint on the hit show, he has lost 65 pounds, which he attributes to living a healthier lifestyle as he battles Crohn’s, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease.

Frank told The Sun: “The weight loss is me watching what I’m eating so I can keep my disease under control the best I can. I’m just eating healthy.

“After a while I started watching what I’m doing and I’m doing a little bit more walking. I keep pretty busy around here too, taking care of the grass and getting rid of the weeds.”

Frank continued that he is sober today, adding: “Not drinking helps with the weight loss because when you drink you eat. I’m not dieting.

“I was drinking a little bit too, but that didn’t work out either. I haven’t had a drink in almost nine, ten months.

“It would have been a year but I had one slip up, it was maybe for four hours but it was enough.”

Frank also blamed his heavy drinking on his nasty split from longtime girlfriend turned ex-fiancee Diann Bankson.

Frank said of their split: “I tried to drink her away.”

In photos exclusively obtained by The Sun, Frank posed near his $155,000 Iowa farmhouse, where he has lived for 11 years.

This is the first time Frank has been seen in over a year, as he smiled while showing off his impressive weight loss.

In another series of photos, Frank is in his element as he poses with his extensive motorcycle collection in his bike garage and with his favorite picks.

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Frank credits his weight loss to eating healthy and remaining sober from alcohol Credit: Coleman-Rayner
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Frank showed off his extensive motorcycle collection Credit: Coleman-Rayner
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Frank said it is 'up to the network' on if he will return to American Pickers Credit: Coleman-Rayner
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Frank resides in Iowa, where he spends his days working on motorcycles Credit: Coleman-Rayner

As for when viewers could see Frank back on the small screen alongside partner Mike Wolfe, he seemed unsure.

Frank told The Sun: “That was a big thing about coming back to the show. How can I come back to the show 65lbs lighter?

"I would like to come back to the show, but we will see. I was doing it for 11 years, but there is a lot of controversy going on right now.”

Frank noted Mike’s ongoing divorce from wife Jodi after nearly nine years of marriage.

He continued: “It’s up to the network whether I come back on the show. It ain’t gonna affect me one bit. I didn’t leave the show, I finished shooting and then I had a little back surgery and the pandemic came.”

Mike claimed Frank’s absence from the series was because he was recovering from back surgery.

Frank said of how his back is today: “My back is doing perfect. I had a couple of rods put in there. It was from lifting stuff all the time.

“If you watch the show you can see who the guy is that’s lifting all the time, it’s always me. It had been hurting for a long, long time. I’m talking months and months and months.”

Frank admitted that during his time off the show, he “hasn’t been out picking much lately.”

He continued: “I’ve been working on a couple motorcycles and stuff, but that’s about it. I was in Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota in August last year. I’ve been going to Sturgis for 40 years now. I was there for the 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th and 90th anniversaries and every year in between that.

“I just got inducted two years ago to the Sturgis Hall of Fame.”

Frank has remained off social media, despite frequent updates being posted to his verified Facebook page.

He explained: “It’s all fake, all that stuff on Facebook is fake. I don’t have a Facebook, I don’t have any idea what’s going with that.

“I’ve never posted anything on there so everything that’s on there is a f**king lie. I have no idea who is posting that stuff, I don’t even have a computer.”

American Pickers premiered in 2010 with Frank, Mike and Danielle Colby.

Frank’s last episode was on March 2, 2020.

Season 21 is currently airing on the History channel.

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Frank admitted he 'hasn’t been out picking much lately' Credit: Coleman-Rayner
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Frank's back is 'perfect' after undergoing surgery Credit: Coleman-Rayner
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Frank starred alongside Mike Wolfe and Danielle Colby Credit: Zachary Maxwell Stertz/History

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Disturbed
07-19

Dang Frank ! Good job on the weight loss. You definitely need to get back on the show. We enjoy the camaraderie between you and Mike.

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ARuss
07-19

Wow Frank you look great and although it was because of health things you look awesome! We miss you on the show and hope u make some appearances or come back when time is right! Poor Mike is going through some stuff too i am sure once the dust settles we will c u again!

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Mr. Maz
07-20

You look great Frank, hope you feel great. Looks like you went thru some life changing stuff. Enjoy life Frank, things happen for a reason. If your in a good place stay there.

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