Jacob Roloff from Little People, Big World recently took to Instagram to reveal to fans if he’ll ever do just a “few more episodes.” Jacob, the youngest Roloff sibling, nearly completely disappeared from Little People, Big World on Season 9, which aired on TLC back in July, 2015. Fans of Little People, Big World have missed Jacob Roloff on Season 10 and have been asking where he is and if he’ll ever do just a few more episodes. Three days ago, Jacob finally took to his Instagram account to let fans know that he will never again appear on his family’s reality TV series and explained why.
“I get comments on here all the time about how people ‘miss me on the show’ or telling me I should ‘do a few more episodes’ with the family; I’m posting this to say that that will never happen.”
Since Season 10 of Little People, Big World premiered on TLC in May, fans have been wondering what happened to Matt and Amy’s youngest son, Jacob, since he’s been MIA for every episode, so far. In seasons past, Jacob Roloff has been a fan favorite. Loyal followers of Little People, Big World watched Jacob, who’s now 19-years-old, grow up on the small screen. Jacob joined his family in 2006 at the age of nine on TLC for the premiere of Little People, Big World, a reality TV series that follows the lives of all six Roloff family members as Matt, 54, Amy, 51, and Zach, 26, struggle with the hardships of dwarfism in everyday life.
For a full six seasons, “sweet and adorable” Jacob entertained fans of Little People, Big World, but unexpectedly disappeared completely from the show for Season 10, that aired on May 10. A few episodes in, fans realized that Jacob Roloff probably wouldn’t be back, especially after Jacob slammed Little People, Big World, TLC, and his family, not once, but twice on social media during Season 9 in 2015, which he did not regularly appear in. On August 29, with only two episodes left of Season 9, Jacob Roloff took to his Twitter account to say that he felt cheated out of money he earned from the show that was his childhood.
I get comments on here all the time about how people 'miss me on the show' or telling me I should 'do a few more episodes' with the family; I'm posting this to say that that will never happen. 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. . To misquote Chomsky, "the primary objective of any system is to preserve the integrity of that system", meaning, 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. . All in all I appreciate people wanting me to 'be with the family' for a few more episodes, but the family that is filmed is not my family. They are the Roloff Characters and I have scarcely anything in common with them, nor do I want to be a character myself. As soon as the cameras drop however, its almost like they never played the part. 20 minutes after this picture was taken we all, plus friends, had a campfire late into the night. So, 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. (This picture is from a few months ago)
Jacob apparently never received any compensation for appearing on Little People, Big World for the previous eight seasons he had been a cast member. Matt and Amy reportedly had control over Jacob’s finances when he was a minor, but according to Radar Online on July 8, Jacob has not seen even one cent of money he may have earned for appearing on the show for all those years. Radar Online reports that Jacob Roloff stopped appearing regularly on Little People, Big World in 2013, starting with Season 7. Jacob made sporadic appearances on Season 7 and Season 8, nearly disappeared from Season 9, and hasn’t appeared at all on Season 10. As an adult, Jacob says he’s at least entitled to royalty pay from the 20-second Little People, Big World intro that plays on every episode, even though, he knows he’ll never be paid for his previous work.
“There is no money to be missed. I haven’t and still don’t get ‘royalty checks’ from a simple 20 second intro.”
Little People, Big World fans criticized Jacob Roloff for ever expecting compensation for the show as a child, saying he’s “ungrateful” and that his parents only received pay because it was their “job.” Despite the criticism, fans do admit that they miss Jacob on Season 10. Only two episodes are left for the current season of Little People, Big World, and Jacob says that throughout the season he’s had fans telling him that they miss him on the show and wonder if he’ll ever do any more episodes of Little People, Big World. Even though Jacob Roloff has since reconciled with his family over his Twitter rants, he explained to fans on his Instagram account three days ago that doing a few more episodes of Little People, Big World is never going to happen.
“All in all I appreciate people wanting me to ‘be with the family’ for a few more episodes, but the family that is filmed is not my family. They are the Roloff Characters and I have scarcely anything in common with them, nor do I want to be a character myself.”
Jacob’s girlfriend, Isabel Garreton, says she supports his decision to not appear on future episodes of Little People, Big World. According to Garreton, Jacob Roloff has turned his anger from not being paid and for the show being “faked” into love for his family. Jacob even admitted that he is with his family, and he loves them, but fans will never see that from him on Little People, Big World again.
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