Little People, Big World's Jacob Roloff calls the show & producers 'ridiculous'

Jul 8, 2016 at 5:53 p.m. ET
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Little People, Big World’s central family has been all but deteriorating right in front of our eyes over the last few years. Matt and Amy Roloff’s marriage is over, and their oldest sons are married and looking to start traditions of their own. Molly, their only daughter, is off at college creating her life. And their youngest son, Jacob... well, he just hates the show and what it did to his family.

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Jacob has been absent from the episodes for quite some time now, and fans have started commenting on his Instagram that they miss him and want him to return to the show for at least a few episodes. If you happened to be one of those fans, you should lose all hope now. Jacob posted a long explanation on his Instagram that basically said it's never gonna happen.


Under a picture of the crew filming a family bonfire, Jacob wrote,  “For the sake of 'the episode' and ratings I've seen a lot of STORYLINES drawn up (loosely) about our lives, and when I was standing here, behind the scenes and watching it from an outside perspective I just couldn't stop laughing. Laughing at how hard the producers have to try to get us to follow the talking points, and at how ridiculous the talking points are.”

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He continued, explaining that “the primary objective I have felt and observed over the years of the 'crew' is to preserve their job and preserve the ratings, which is up to you to be right or wrong. That's not to say they are all soulless corporate shills or something, there are and have been good people involved but that doesn't negate the fact that they do have their own personal agenda. 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.”

Jacob then ended by saying, “I am with my family and I love them I'm just here to say you'll never see that from me on TV again.”

I have to say that after reading his explanation, I have a newfound respect for Jacob. His response to his fans was thoughtful, fair and calm — not something you get from teenagers who are rebelling against something they’ve been a part of their whole lives. He’s not the first person to talk about what a reality show can do to a family or a marriage, but he’s one of the few who can say what he needed to say without blaming individuals or alienating himself from the people who genuinely enjoyed his family and their storylines.

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While it would be great to have Jacob's perspective on the show, it’s great that he’s doing what’s best for him and his family. We wish you all the luck in the world, Jacob.