Mike Wolfe has been the face of the reality series ‘American Pickers’ for the last 11 years. Sadly, it seems that his private life and what takes place behind the cameras have been what’s kept the star busy in recent years.
When it comes to reality shows, there is no shortage of series on offer. From the likes of the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise to shows such as ‘The Bachelor’ and everything in between. Although many reality shows follow the same format, ‘American Pickers’ brought something new to the table. The show follows the lives of Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they look for bargains up and down the nation using a practice called ‘picking.’ Heard that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? The pair have turned that into their entire career. At least, they did for many years.
On the surface, it seems that ‘American Pickers’ is nothing but a hearty show for all the family. That is until you realize that it’s filled with controversies and rumors – especially when it comes to the stars of the show. Mike Wolfe has been there from the very beginning, and while he is still a part of ‘American Pickers,’ it seems that Mike has been dealing with plenty of behind-the-scenes drama when he’s not looking for the latest bargain. From his private life to his relationship with his co-stars and everything in between, drama is never too far from Mike Wolfe.
Mike Wolfe walked down the aisle with Jodi Faeth in September 2012
Most of us know Mike Wolfe from his time on our screens. Being one of the leading faces of the reality show ‘American Pickers’ means that several people have fallen in love with the star throughout the last 11 years, but that doesn’t mean that Mike’s entire life is dedicated to the show. He’s also been spending plenty of time with his family all this time.
The picker walked down the aisle with none other than Jodi Faeth on September 7, 2012, during a ceremony in Franklin, Tennessee. Jodi already had an adult child from another relationship. However, the couple has since welcomed a child of their own in the form of their daughter Charlie. Thankfully, Mike quickly learned how to balance work with home life.
Jodi Faeth has been in charge of running the family and home filled with vintage collections
It might come as little surprise that filming ‘American Pickers’ and working on all of his other business ventures means that most of Mike Wolfe’s time is spent bringing in money for the family. This means that Jodi Faeth has been in charge of looking after their home and raising Charlie in recent years.
In fact, during an interview with The Glow, the couple showed off their home that comes filled with plenty of treasures Mike has collected over the years. The publication noted that Jodie “has the kind of highly honed mama instincts” that she’s learned “from a lifetime of mothering.” Thankfully, neither Mike nor Jodi seemed to ever mind their arrangements, even if it meant Mike was gone a lot of the time.
Mike Wolfe and Jodi Faeth suffered plenty of health battles with their shared daughter
Welcoming Charlie was supposed to mark the start of a new chapter for Mike Wolfe. While it gave him a taste of fatherhood, it was a journey unlike many other parents’. To start, it’s said that Jodi had “a difficult labor” just to bring Charlie into the world. Then there were the “multiple surgeries” Charlie needed for the first year of her life.
It’s reported the little one was born with a cleft palate and needed operations to correct things. Of course, this meant that Jodi and Mike were tested as they had to remain strong for each other if they wanted their daughter to make it out the other side. In the end, it all paid off, but it was a year of pain and worry.
The health issues saw Mike Wolfe become pretty charitable
Going through everything with Charlie was apparently enough to open Mike Wolfe’s eyes to other children who are born with the same condition. Although Charlie was able to get all the surgeries she needed to grow up as a happy and healthy toddler, several families struggle to cover the necessary medical bills for all the operations.
In the end, Mike started working with Operation Smile, an organization that offers free surgeries to children across the world with cleft lips. Mike wanted to raise money for the charity, so he commissioned several statues to be made of Charlie through Isabel Bloom, called Charlie’s Smile, and donated a portion of the prophets to the organization. He has also given several talks for Operation Smile throughout the years.
The pair met in 1994 and have always kept their private life away from the cameras
Although the couple walked down the aisle in 2012, it seems that Mike Wolfe and Jodi Faeth have a lengthy history with one another. To start, they met almost twenty years before their wedding, back in 1994. It seems they must have hit things off as soon as they met, as Distractify reports that Mike and Jodi “started dating shortly thereafter.”
That doesn’t mean we have been allowed into their private life over the years. Mike had made a point of keeping most of his personal life away from the cameras, even though he is a part of a highly successful reality show. Amazingly, his plan worked, but that hasn’t stopped people from wondering what life is like for Mike and Jodi behind closed doors.
Jodi Faeth was diagnosed with stage 2 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December 2013
Although Mike Wolfe and Jodi Faeth have always been quiet about their private lives, there was one aspect they shared with the rest of the world: Jodi’s diagnosis. The Glow reported on the condition, as the publication revealed that she had been given the diagnosis of “stage 2 Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma” back in December 2013.
It was the Christmas present no one ever asked for and came as a complete surprise to Jodi and Mike. Jodi even told The Glow that even “vegan, exercising, juicing mama’s” can get ill. To top it off, she added that her life had become everything she could “possibly dream” when the family learned the news. It seems that Mike and Jodi wanted to break their silence to raise awareness about the illness.
The diagnosis initially brought Mike Wolfe and Jodi Faeth closer than ever
It was a scary time for both Mike Wolfe and Jodi Faeth when they learned about the latter’s diagnosis, but thankfully, they didn’t let it keep them down. In fact, it’s said that Mike was by his wife’s side throughout her treatment and the entire experience brought them together. Mike even shared good news with his fans on May 28, 2020.
The ‘American Pickers’ star took to social media, where he shared a snap of Jodi and Charlie alongside the caption “6 years cancer free today!!” Plenty of people were quick to share their congratulations, and it felt as though Mike couldn’t share enough love for his wife. Little did either of them know how much things would change in a few months.
The pair could have filed for a divorce back in summer 2020, but the news was kept private
The world has only recently learned about the news that Mike Wolfe and Jodi Faery are filing for a divorce, but it seems the split could have been on the cards for many months. TMZ reported on July 8, 2021, that Jodi had “quietly filed for a divorce from the reality star.” However, there was no news about the reason the two had decided to call it quits.
All we knew was “irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.” At first, it seems there’s not much more to the news. That is until you look at the court documents and realize that the pair actually separated in June 2020. That’s when Mike and Jodi first filed papers in Tennessee, and they haven’t been living together since.
There has been no news about what will happen to their daughter Charlie
A split usually affects more than just the two people in the relationship. After all, people’s families typically invest years of their lives into the relationship, meaning it can have devastating effects on them too. Then there’s the issue of working through what will happen to any children who have been caught up along the way.
Mike Wolfe and Jodi Faery share a daughter, Charlie, and there has been no news about what will happen to her amid the divorce. However, The US Sun reports that Charlie, who is now nine years old, has been staying with her mom ever since her parents split. One thing we are yet to learn is if the split is amicable – or if there will be tension in court.
Court documents have given the public a small glimpse inside the relationship
Being such private people means the world knows very little about Mike Wolfe and his personal life, especially when it comes to his marriage and divorce. It wasn’t until People magazine got hold of the court documents that we learned a little about what life has been like inside his marriage. The documents state that Jodi “would further show that all hopes of reconciliation are exhausted.”
This was just the beginning. The papers claimed the couple were “unable to successfully live together” and how Jodi wants “an equitable division” of their assets and debts. While it might not give a reason for the split, it does show that Mike and Jodi have apparently been trying to heal their relationship for a long time.
Mike Wolfe is yet to make a public statement about his divorce
One of the many reasons we know so little about the divorce is thanks to the fact that Mike Wolfe has never publicly spoken about his relationship with Jodi Faery. Of course, Jodi has been equally quiet throughout the marriage, but many hoped the reality star would open up a little or at least give an insight into his private life on ‘American Pickers.’
It seems we could be waiting a while until we hear anything from Mike. Although he has spoken about other pressing matters in his personal life on social media, Mike hasn’t mentioned anything about his divorce or what is happening to his daughter amid it all. For now, it appears Mike and Jodi are focused on adjusting to their new lives and raising their daughter.
There are tumors that Mike Wolfe might be in a new relationship already
It’s one thing to find yourself in the headlines because of a divorce, but what about the news that you could be in a relationship just a few days after the world learns about your split? It’s not uncommon for celebrities to move on, especially if they have been keeping their split away from the public and have actually been single for months.
However, not everyone was prepared to hear that Mike Wolfe has already been linked to a new woman. She comes in the form of Leticia Cline, and it seems she also has a brush with fame thanks to her various TV appearances throughout the years. Mike is yet to confirm the news, but judging from past behavior, that confirmation may never come.
Leticia Cline worked as an accountant before she started working on TV
For many years, it seems that Leticia Cline was focused on her career as a model. She started getting into the modeling world when she was just a teenager, and it wasn’t long before she was jetting off across the globe. However, Leticia proceeded to settle down as she enrolled at the University of Kentucky.
Here, she studied to be an accountant, but it wasn’t long before she had her eyes on a bigger prize once again. Leticia went on to appear in the reality show ‘Beauty and the Geek’ before signing up as a sideline reporter for ‘TNA Wrestling.’ Leticia held this gig for a year until she wanted to return to modeling yet again. Now, she has worked with names such as Maxim and Playboy.
No one knows how they got together, but Mike and Leticia have known each other for years
It might come as little surprise that no one really knows that much about Mike Wolfe and Leticia Cline’s relationship. Yet again, the ‘American Pickers’ star is keeping tight-lipped about the entire situation, meaning internet detectives have had to work extra hard to learn any new information about their potential romance.
Some people have been scrolling through the pair’s social media accounts and eventually uncovered evidence that could have been one of the first times they met. It was posted on Leticia’s account back in 2018 and shows the pair of them hanging out with artist Matt Hummel. Of course, Mike was married at the time, meaning it was probably nothing more than a friendship at this point. Still, it could have been the start of something.
Leticia Cline and Mike Wolfe have reportedly been spotted at American Pickers shoots
While it sounds like nothing more than rumors at the moment, it appears that Mike and Laeticia might have a tough time denying something is brewing beneath the surface. That is if stories reported by TMZ are to be believed. The publication claims that Mike and Leticia have been spotted filming ‘American Pickers’ together, including scenes shot in San Francisco.
TMZ even claims that the relationship is “pretty serious.” Of course, this doesn’t mean much at the moment, as it’s all just rumors. However, taking someone to the set of your TV show usually means there is at least a friendship brewing. Whatever the case, only time will tell how far the pair will take their relationship and whether love is in the air.
There were several rumors that Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz were dating
Believe it or not, but Mike Wolfe’s relationship status has been the talk of the town for years. One of the many rumors that have surfaced is that Mike was actually in a relationship with his ‘American Pickers’ co-star Frank Fritz. Reports claimed that the reason the pair were so close was all thanks to the fact they were in a relationship the entire time.
Millions of us have seen Frank and Mike travel the country for the last decade, but could the rumors be true? It seems not. The reality is that both stars have always been quiet about their personal lives. Mike was actually married throughout the majority of the show, while Frank has always been quiet about his love life.
Some fans hoped Mike Wolfe and Danielle Colby were dating
Being a part of ‘American Pickers’ has given millions of people the chance to fall in love with Mike Wolfe over the years. Of course, he’s not the only star of the show. Frank Fritz also joins Mike when they head out on picks, but all of this is organized and budgeted by their co-worker, Danielle Colby.
The three have become huge names thanks to their time on the History Channel. However, wherever there is a friendship, there is usually a romance rumor or two lurking in the shadows. That was the case for Danielle and Mike, as the pair always seemed pretty close on the show. Sadly for many, Danielle and Mike have both admitted they are nothing more than friends.
Mike and Danielle first met while out on a pick
Just because they have never been romantically involved doesn’t mean there is no history between Mike and Danielle. In fact, it seems the pair share plenty of history. ‘American Pickers’ – just like most reality shows – has been accused of being staged a host of times throughout its run. One of the many things that have been questioned is how Danielle joined the team.
Amazingly, she met Mike when the pair were picking at an antique store. Danielle says she picked up a lamp and wondered if she could flip it for a profit. However, she set it down to check her purse, and that’s when Mike swooped in. Danielle claims he said, “The time to buy it is when you see it,” and they have been friends ever since.
Danielle Colby believes that Mike Wolfe is always overlooked on American Pickers
Danielle Colby has been a major part of ‘American Pickers’ ever since she joined the show. However, she has also been open about her feelings toward the series and what takes place behind the scenes. One of the many things Danielle has spoken about over the years is how she thinks Mike Wolfe is always overlooked.
While he might be the star of the show, Danielle believes Mike never gets to show off his charming side when making deals with customers as it’s always cut from ‘American Pickers.’ Whether this is the case or not, fans have seen a handful of times that Mike has wooed customers into giving him a deal or selling their beloved item while out on a pick.
Mike Wolfe thought up the idea for American Pickers from his childhood hobbies
Have you ever wondered how Mike Wolfe got the idea for ‘American Pickers’? You’re not alone – and thankfully, the star has opened up about the inspiration on his official website. Here, he explained that he would often use a “small camcorder” to film the “vintage treasures and priceless stories” that he “found in the barns and attics of America.”
It turns out that Mike would spend most of his childhood looking for new things to find and ways to make money, including picking and flipping items. Ever since his work on ‘American Pickers,’ Mike Wolfe has kept himself busy as an executive producer. So far, he has worked on the likes of the reality shows ‘Nashville Flipped’ and ‘Going Cambo.’
Mike first started picking for a profit when he was a child
It seems that making money all started for Mike Wolfe at an early age, and it’s a skill that he’s been perfecting ever since. One of the primary skills he’s had to work on over the years is knowing when to spot a diamond in the rough. Apparently, Mike first learned about making money when he saw an abandoned bike and eventually sold it for $5.
From then on, Mike says that he would ask farmers across Eldridge, Iowa if he could buy old, rusty bikes for $50 before fixing them up and selling them on for a profit. Sometimes, Mike would walk away with quite the profit, and it wasn’t long before he had an entire business on his hands.
He makes most of his money away from American Pickers
Even though ‘American Pickers’ has been a huge money-maker for Mike Wolfe thanks to his involvement on the show, it seems that most of his money has actually been made away from the series. He owns a company called Antique Archaeology that currently has two stores to its name. To top it off, Danielle and Frank have also worked at the locations throughout the years.
When he’s not picking, Mike has put pen to paper and written two books, including ‘Kid Pickers: How to Turn Junk into Treasure,’ a book all about getting kids into the trade, and ‘American Pickers Guide to Picking.’ In 2015, Mike told Fast Company that the best thing he has ever done is learn how to bet on himself.
It’s estimated Mike Wolfe is worth $7 million from all his business ventures
It seems that working on his businesses and appearing on ‘American Pickers’ has been enough to see Mike Wolfe earn quite the income throughout the years. In fact, he is more involved with the show than many people realize. It turns out that Mike is also an executive producer and listed as the creator of the series.
Another top way that Mike makes money is all thanks to the show’s merchandise that allegedly sells really, really well. Now, Celebrity Net Worth estimates that the star of the series is worth as much as $7 million. That’s quite the turnaround for someone who started selling old bicycles around his hometown throughout his teenage years. Thankfully, hard work really can pay off.
He has been working hard to improve his hometown in recent years
Just because he has made it in the big leagues doesn’t mean that Mike Wolfe has left his hometown behind. Now, it seems that Mike is more involved with the local community than ever. One of the many things he has done is start the Kid Pickers’ flea market, where little ones can learn all about picking from one of the best.
Mike wants nothing more than to inspire the next generation of pickers. In July 2019, Mike also spoke to the city council, where he raised his concerns for the streets. The harsh winters in the area meant the sidewalks were often impassable, and he was worried about what this could mean for the locals. Mike even went around photographing damaged areas to prove his point.
Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz have been accused of deliberately lowering prices on camera
It’s likely we will never have an answer as to whether or not everything we see on ‘American Pickers’ is real or not. However, there have been plenty of stories about what takes place on set. One of the many things that are rumored is that the producers or Mike and Frank will agree on a price with the seller before the cameras start rolling.
Unfortunately, several people have complained that the two pickers will then try to haggle down the price as soon as the film is rolling. Some have even stated that Mike and Frank will try to convince them that their things are worthless, even though they know the pickers are thinking about nothing but their profit margin.
Mike Wolfe expressed thoughts about leaving the show back in 2016
They say that all good things have to come to an end, and many of us have been there to see the finale of our favorite TV show, even if we’re not ready to say goodbye. What if we told you that ‘American Pickers’ could be on the way out? While there is no news of it getting canceled now, it seems that Mike Wolfe was once ready to walk away.
In 2016, the star allegedly told the crew that he only wanted to do one more season as he was ready to take a step back from the world of entertainment to focus on raising his daughter. Amazingly, the team convinced Mike to stay, and he is still with the show five years later.
He appeared solo when American Pickers returned in 2021
The global pandemic meant that most things were put on hold. ‘American Pickers’ was one of the many things that had to pause thanks to the pandemic, but it has since returned to our screens. However, there is a notable face missing from the series: Frank Fritz. The star of the show last appeared on our screens in March 2020.
However, the series had actually been filmed many months before and was only just aired. Many speculated that Frank had been fired as Mike Wolfe was seen without his right-hand man. Things got even more confusing when Mike took to social media to say he would “miss” Frank and prayed for “the very best and all good things for him on the next part of his journey.”
Mike Wolfe released a statement on social media wishing Frank Fritz the best
It seemed that Mike Wolfe was willing to open up about missing Frank Fritz on social media, something that is very out of the ordinary for the star. After all, Mike is famous for keeping most things away from the cameras. However, fans of ‘American Pickers’ were desperate to know what happened to the star of the series.
Mike wrote that he has “known Frank for as long as I can remember.” He also said his former co-star was “like a brother to me.” Sadly, Mike opened up about his journey with Frank and Danielle, stating it had “come with its highs and lows, blessings and challenges.” Although it seemed to confirm that Frank was gone, no one still knew why.
Frank Fritz insists that he wasn’t fired and has no idea if he’s going back to American Pickers
One thing we do know about Frank Fritz and his departure from the show is that the ‘American Pickers’ star has been suffering from back pain, among other things. Frank has been open about having to undergo back surgery following an injury. Sadly, it seems the star of the series has also been in rehab for drinking dependency that he picked up following the operation.
Frank has been a part of the series since January 2010 and has appeared in every series until the latest to hit our screens in 2021. However, Frank wants the world to know that he wasn’t fired. He told The US Sun that “I didn’t leave the show,” he merely “finished shooting” before he had “a little back surgery and the pandemic came.”
Frank Fritz claims he hasn’t spoken to Mike Wolfe in two years
One of the major things that Frank has come out with in recent times is how he allegedly hasn’t spoken to Mike Wolfe in two years. Frank told The US Sun that Mike “didn’t call me himself” following his operation. He went on to add that he “should have called” to ask how he was getting on, but Mike has allegedly been pretty quiet since Frank left ‘American Pickers.’
Frank went as far as saying, “we haven’t spoken in two years,” and how he was never going to “lie to people” about the facts. In the end, Frank says that he has been left feeling like “just a number” and that everyone believes “life goes on” even though he’s been suffering from health issues in recent years.
He also added that his co-star’s statement is filled with lies about their relationship
It seems that Frank Fritz was less than impressed with Mike Wolfe’s statement about his departure from the show and wants the world to know what he thinks. Frank was open with The US Sun, using some pretty strong language to describe how the statement made him feel. Frank even stated, “somebody wrote it out for him” and that it was filled with lies.
To start, Frank says, “We were never friends in grade school” and how Mike hasn’t said anything nice about Frank in “ten years.” According to Frank, the only time he ever got along with Mike on the show was when Mike was “cutting somebody else down and we were both laughing.” It certainly appears that Frank has made his feelings clear.
Frank Fritz continued to add he feels the show is aimed toward Mike Wolfe
Let’s face it; ‘American Pickers’ has been one of the History Channel’s top shows for many years, raking in millions of viewers with each season. That doesn’t mean that things have always been easy behind the scenes. For one, Frank believes that Mike used his power as the creator and a producer to ensure the series predominantly focused on him alone.
He told The US Sun that ‘American Pickers’ “is titled towards him 1,000 percent.” Frank also added, “That’s just how it is.” Frank compared his time on the show to Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, stating the singer is “the front man” and how he “found my spot” on the show. Still, Frank says he never had an issue with how it worked out.
No one is sure what caused the tension or what it means for American Pickers
The news that there has been a secret feud between Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz for years was enough to stun many fans. After all, we have always seen them get along so well on the show. How did no one spot signs that things had grown so tense? All of this has made it even tougher for people to understand what caused the tension in the first place.
After all, Frank says that he has no issues with Mike being the leader of the show. Could it really all be thanks to his back operation? Whatever the case, it could mean that Mike gets his wish about ‘American Pickers’ coming to an end. Although the series has been renewed without Frank, the show’s days could be numbered.
Danielle Colby appears to have picked her side in it all
Danielle Colby has been at the heart of ‘American Pickers’ since the beginning, meaning she has probably been there for plenty of the drama that’s taken place behind the scenes of the shows. Now, it appears that Danielle has picked her side. She took to social media, where she posted a lengthy statement about her feelings – alongside a photo of her and Mike Wolfe.
Danielle wrote that she is “truly saddened for the loss of Frank” on ‘American Pickers.’ However, Danielle also added that she has “personally watched everything over the last decade” and how she is “incredibly sad” for Frank’s “struggles.” Unfortunately, it seems that could be all we get from Danielle as she doesn’t want to “speak” her thoughts.
Danielle Colby continued to add new layers to the potential story of Frank and Mike
In her statement, Danielle Colby continued to open up about how things have played out on the set of ‘American Pickers’ and gave her fans a brief insight into her feelings on it all. Danielle says that she wishes “things could have been different.” However, she also added more layers of confusion with her statement, “we must be accountable for our actions.”
Danielle stated this is particularly important “when we cause instability or pain and suffering to others.” She even went on to name Frank as she wrote that it’s been “hard to watch” and how she hopes her former co-star “receives all the help he needs” after years of being “unwell.” It looks as though that’s all we’re getting on the matter for now.
Mike Wolfe has confessed he wants Frank Fritz back on the show
It seems that for now, we will only get information about Mike and Frank’s feud through their social media pages – or the tell-all interviews that Frank Fritz has given in recent months. Whatever the case, it was Mike who first opened up about his former ‘American Pickers’ co-star not coming back to the show.
Now, it appears that he has more to add to the story. Mike took to social media to tell the world that he “care[s] about Frank” and “we want him back on the show.” Of course, this could have been a statement to make Mike come out of this the better person. However, it might also have been Mike’s way of extending an olive branch to his former friend.
He is keen to start talking to his friend again after so long, but Frank’s addiction is the issue
For many years, ‘American Pickers’ fans believed that Frank and Mike were just as good friends in real life as they are on our screens. While that might have been the case, it appears their feud and accusations that have been thrown around in the media in recent months have probably brought all of that to an end – or has it?
For Mike, it seems that he wants to rekindle his friendship with Frank Fritz. In July 2021, Mike wrote on social media that he “would love to talk with him again,” but that Frank “just can’t get it right.” According to Mike, his old friend is dealing with “a lot personally with addictions” and is sad that Frank “made decisions that have him the way he is.”
Frank’s time away from the show allowed him to check into rehab
More and more information continues to come out about why Frank Fritz walked away from the show in recent months, with the world now learning that Frank Fritz also had to use his time to check into rehab. Perhaps this move will be enough to show Mike that he’s changed and the pair can rekindle the friendship they once enjoyed on ‘American Pickers’?
In total, Frank was in rehab for 77 days and has been sober for almost a year. Although he had a blip at one point, Frank says that he never wants to drink again, especially having lost two members of his close family to drinking addiction in recent years. Only time will tell if Mike can forgive Frank.
Frank Fritz also wants back on American Pickers after all this time
It’s not just Mike Wolfe who wants Frank Fritz back on ‘American Pickers;’ it appears that the latter also hopes to return to the History Channel and get back to working on the show. After all, Frank was a part of the series for 11 years and has been across the nation with Mike. However, that doesn’t look as though it will happen any time soon.
Although Frank is entirely healed and “would like to come back to the show,” Mike is the creator and executive producer of ‘American Pickers,’ meaning he has the final say. Plus, plenty of people wonder if the History Channel now wants to take the show in a new direction – one that doesn’t involve Frank.