AMERICAN Pickers officially removed Frank Fritz from the show website.
Frank's co-star Mike Wolfe confirmed his termination after their nasty feud.
Frank no longer appears on the American Pickers' website bios page.
Now, only Mike Wolfe and Danielle Colby are featured.
Yesterday, Danielle slammed Frank for "causing pain" and begged the "unwell" star to "get help" after he was fired from the show.
Danielle posted a pic of her and Mike on Instagram captioned: "I’m truly saddened for the loss of Frank on the show. I’m incredibly sad for his struggles.
"I have personally watched everything over the last decade. I have many thoughts but won’t speak them as they are only my thoughts, not gospel."
She continued: "I wish things could have been different but we must be accountable for our actions when we cause instability or pain and suffering to others.
"Frank caused so much pain for himself that it has been hard to watch. I truly hope Frank receives all the help he needs to become well after years of being unwell.
"It is not my place to speak Ill of someone who needs help so I will keep my comments uplifting. I’m sending love to everyone…"
Frank, 55, previously stepped away from the show to recover from back surgery with his last episode airing in March 2020.
The Sun previously reported the reality star lost 65 pounds after living a healthier lifestyle and remaining sober from alcohol.
Last month, Mike shared with fans that Frank would not be returning to American Pickers, explaining: "… I will miss Frank, just like all of you, and I pray for the very best and all good things for him on the next part of his journey.”
Frank joined the popular History Channel program cast in 2010, but his absence for the last year and a half has seemingly gone unnoticed.
Despite their decade-long co-hosting relationship, Frank previously told The Sun that he hasn't spoken to Mike in two years.
Frank said: "[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.”
While the exact cause of the tension wasn't made clear, Frank did say: "The show is tilted towards him 1,000 percent. I can’t even bend that far down to show you how much.
"That’s fine. It’s like you’ve got Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the frontman. I found my spot, I’m second and he’s number one on the show. That’s no problem with me, maybe he does have a problem.”
He added: "I’m not arrogant and I’m more of a regular ol’ guy. The guy that connects with me is the guy who buys a 30 pack of Busch Light and a pizza on the weekend. That’s my guy. My guy buys a $150 sign, not an $8,000 sign…"
Even amid Frank's firing, the program's ratings hit 1.3 million per episode.
Frank, 57, last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode, as he took time off to recover from back surgery.
The original cast member was fired from the series earlier this month despite “wanting to return” to the History show.
The Sun can exclusively reveal ratings have remained strong since Frank’s departure, as recent episodes have reached over 1.3 million viewers.
On the March 2, 2020 episode, which was Frank’s final show, 1,282,000 viewers tuned in.
The February 24, 2020 episode had 1,283,000 people watch.
For the February 10, 2020 episode, 1,280,000 viewers tuned in.
The February 3, 2020 show ratings hit 1,155,000.
The July 19, 2021 episode without Frank reached 1,322,000 viewers, while the July 5 episode had 1,336,000 viewers.
The rise in ratings comes as Frank exclusively told The Sun he would like to return to American Pickers, which he has appeared on since 2010.
He said: “I’d still like to get back to my job, I miss my friends and my people and being on the road and meeting all those different characters.”
Frank left the show to recover from grueling back surgery that left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine.
During his time off the show, Frank lost 65 pounds, as he is living a healthier lifestyle and is sober from alcohol.
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