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The Danielle Colby Moment That Went Too Far On American Pickers

Midway into the 21st season of History's antique hunting TV series "American Pickers," what had previously appeared to be a positive working relationship between hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz crumbled, causing the two reality TV stars to feud with one another over through a series of public statements. All the while, Wolfe remained at its helm, while Fritz appeared to be no longer welcome on the show.

Given the significant disruption to the status quo Fritz's sudden departure and ongoing dispute with Wolfe introduced to "American Pickers," whether or not Danielle Colby would remain Wolfe's co-host soon came into question as well. As of the January 1, 2022 premiere of "American Pickers" Season 22, Colby is still a part of the series (via IMDb) suggesting that, Fritz aside, its core will remain largely unchanged for the time being.

While Colby has undoubtedly remained a valuable contributor for more than 20 seasons, her numerous appearances on "American Pickers" over the course of its considerable run include at least one moment where she took things a little too far.

Danielle Colby was awkward around Aerosmith

Over the course of a few episodes of "American Pickers" Season 19, Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and Danielle Colby work on restoring popular dad rock band Aerosmith's first ever tour van, eventually presenting it to the band in-person. While the van may be a more historically important find than their average purchase, a number of users in a thread on the "American Pickers" subreddit titled "I hate the Aerosmith Van. Do you?" criticized this storyline. For example, moneyman74 accused the whole thing of being "a ploy to get ratings and do a 'crossover' with Aerosmith opening a Vegas show."

In the original post, meanwhile, user jdfromnh75 wrote, "When they met Aerosmith, it was so inorganic. Danielle cried and it was embarrassing, because she did little to advance the project of the van, except introduce the original pick." In essence, this post characterizes an early meeting between Danielle and Aerosmith as inorganic and presumably staged, meaning that Danielle's big reaction may well have been fake.

Most likely, this was intentional heightening intended to make for more compelling TV. That said, Danielle's awkward behavior in a storyline already accused of inauthenticity draws attention to the series' artifice in a manner largely absent from a normal "American Pickers" episode, making the suspension of disbelief necessary to enjoy virtually all reality TV considerably harder to formalize in the moment.