Reality TV can be rife with drama, but when it comes to Little People, Big World, fans love how wholesome the series appears. We love following Matt and Amy Roloff, two little people who have four children and own a family farm together. Nowadays, Matt and Amy have since divorced, and the Roloff kids are growing up fast with marriages and kids of their own. But instead of being the big, happy family we imagined, it also seems there have been quite a few rifts between them over the years.
The most notable rift came from Jacob, the black sheep child of the Roloff family. Here’s why he left the show in the first place and never will return.
Jacob slammed the show back in 2016 via Instagram
We know Little People, Big World can’t go on forever, and it’s clear that some of the Roloff kids, like Molly and Jeremy, wanted to leave the show behind to pursue other ventures. Jacob left the show years ago, too — but he’s since spoken about why. And while he certainly has other avenues he wants to explore in his life aside from TV, he also candidly wrote on Instagram about how harmful the program really was.
On an Instagram post written in July 2016, Jacob set the record straight regarding why he will never appear on the show again. He wrote that the story lines written by the producers were barely true to life for him, and the entire experience was laughably inauthentic. ” For me, noticing how the agenda of the crew doesn’t work well with the health & happiness of our family is what made me decide quite a while ago that I would not be a part of it as soon as I was able,” he wrote. Jacob also explained, “They are the Roloff Characters and I have scarcely anything in common with them, nor do I want to be a character myself.”
He revealed in his book that the show was harmful to his mental health
Jacob’s Instagram wasn’t the only time he slammed the show’s production. In Touch Weekly notes Jacob also released a book titled Verbing that included essays about his personal growth — so of course he mentioned how he was impacted by production.
The publication notes Jacob never really wanted to film the show in the first place, and once he agreed, he could tell it was impacting his mental health. In his book, he said he felt “angry” and added, “This led to arguments and miscommunications with family, especially my parents, culminating in their decision to experiment having me see a therapist.” Fans have also noted that Jacob seemed to have a serious falling out with most of his family — though today, their relationship seems to be much better. And perhaps it’s healthier since he decided that the show wasn’t for him.
He also seemingly doesn’t get along with his sister-in-law, Audrey
Another reason Jacob may have had trouble on the show may have been because of Audrey, Jeremy’s wife. In Touch Weekly reminds us the two have totally opposing religious views, and while Jacob follows all of his family on Instagram, he doesn’t follow Audrey. Additionally, Jacob is always posting photos of him with Zach’s child, but rarely does he post photos with Jeremy and Audrey’s.
It appears Audrey has tried to make amends with Jacob, however, so perhaps there’s no real bad blood between them. And neither of them are regulars on the show anymore. Either way, perhaps Jacob’s free-spirited energy requires him to have more space away from his family now, as he currently appears better than ever.
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