American Pickers’ Mike Wolfe celebrates the co-star’s birthday in a new clip after fans begged for the return of the fired Frank Fritz
AMERICAN Pickers star Mike Wolfe gave fans a glimpse of the celebratory outing for his co-star Jersey Jon’s birthday on Saturday.
Jon Szalay, who turned 60, has thanked his pal for giving him a great ‘gift’ to mark the milestone and revealed it in a new video.
On Mike’s Instagram, he shared a few clips from an alfresco meal he shared with Jersey Jon and some of her friends.
The birthday boy just smiled as he stared at his dessert of ice cream and caramel sauce in front of him.
In the middle of the treat, a giant sparkler was lit.
Everyone clapped and shouted “Happy 60th!” and insisted he looked “so good” for his age.
“Go away,” one of Jersey Jon’s friends begged, but he only pretended to show one of his gifts.
However, the American Pickers star got the item a little too close to the flaming dessert, and one of his pals told him to “take care of the book.”
He clutched the book to his chest, assuring everyone he would be careful as the book was a “generous gift” from Mike.
Jon’s friends then asked him again to blow out the candle when it went out on its own, and they feared Jersey would not grant his “wish”.
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Mike captioned the birthday video: “@Jsrestore turns 60! In West Virginia!
In the second clip, one of the facility’s employees gave Jersey a white flower and wished him a happy birthday
“Thank you very much,” he told her before adding to his friends: You see, they love me!”
Unfortunately, not everyone seems to feel the same way, as some fans were cold towards Jersey and instead requested that Mike’s former co-star Frank Fritz come back to the show.
He last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode when he was originally taking time off to recover from back surgery, but it was later announced he had been fired.
The show’s creator, Mike, publicly announced that Frank had been fired from the show in July 2021.
During his absence from the show, Frank lost 65 pounds.
He told The US Sun that he entered rehab for 77 days in Iowa for alcohol addiction.
Frank also revealed his feud with co-star Mike during the 2021 interview, saying at the time, “I haven’t spoken to Mike in two years. He knew my back was broken, but he didn’t call me to ask how I was. That’s just how it is.
“The show is 1,000 percent geared towards him. I can’t even bend down to show you just how much.
“That’s fine. It’s like you have 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. It’s not a problem for me, maybe he has a problem. ”
Earlier this year, Mike admitted that Frank can’t really be replaced and that he is deeply missed by the entire cast and crew.
During a live video chat with fans, the host saw many viewers slamming Jersey and begging for Frank’s return.
“I’ve been picking with Jersey for over 20 years,” Mike told Allen. “One of the most knowledgeable, passionate real deal guys you will ever meet. Give him a chance.”
“Nothing will ever replace Frank,” Mike continued. “We miss him dearly, as do all of you.”