Speaking with The Sun before official news of his exit from the show dropped, Fritz noted that his initial absence from the series was actually health-related. “I didn’t leave the show,” he clarified. “I finished shooting and then I had a little back surgery and the pandemic came.”
However, it appears that behind-the-scenes conflicts with Wolfe may be what’s preventing him from making a return. While speaking about the radio silence with his former co-star, Fritz 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.” Fritz also insinuated that Wolfe hoped to elevate his brother Robbie to co-hosting duties, which was denied by a source who spoke to Entertainment Weekly.
In addition to his claim about Wolfe’s lack of response to his back issues, Fritz also gave some insight into the pair’s dynamic. He told The Sun, “It’s like you’ve got Aerosmith and there’s Steven Tyler and he’s the front man … I’m second and he’s number one on the show. That’s no problem with me, maybe he does have a problem.”
Amidst the claims of bad blood, Fritz did also highlight the positive side of his relationship with Wolfe. “We can finish each other’s sentences …” he said. “When everybody is getting along and there’s no drama, me and him are very good together.”
Sadly, it sounds like this is not one of those times when there’s no drama. That being said, when the official news of Fritz’s departure broke, Wolfe issued a heartfelt statement to Entertainment Weekly: “I have known Frank for as long as I can remember, he’s been like a brother to me … 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.”