There have been a lot of hit reality TV shows from TLC over the years. One of the most popular ones would be Little People, Big World. The show follows the members of the Roloff family, which is composed of Matt and Amy Roloff and their four kids. There is also The Little Couple, which revolves around the lives of Jennifer Arnold, Bill Klein, and their two kids. You might think that you already know everything about them just by watching the show, but it turns out that this is not the case. After all, there are plenty of things going on when the cameras are not rolling…
Jacob Did Not Want To Appear On The TV Show
You see, he was only nine years old when he first appeared on the TLC show. Sadly, it turned out that he did not take part in his own volition. For a number of years now, he has expressed what it was like for him to be on the show. In particular, he has always been honest and vocal about being forced into joining the cast even though he did not like it. Even though he did not want to be on TV, he did not have the option to opt-out of the show. This is the reason he is now estranged from the family.
Matt Has Gotten Arrested For DUIs
Over the years, Matt Roloff has gone through a number of controversies thanks to his decisions in life. However, not everyone is aware that he also made irresponsible decisions behind the wheel. If you check his rap sheet, you are going to learn that he has been arrested two times in four years because he drove under the influence. In 2003, the charges were dropped after he finished an alcohol program. After this, he reunited with the family. Sadly, it looks like he did not learn his lesson because he eventually got rearrested for the same thing in June 2007. In the end, he got acquitted of these charges.
The Conservative Opinions Of Jeremy And Audrey
Over the course of the show, Jeremy and Audrey always took every single opportunity to let viewers know about their opinions. However, not everyone was thrilled to hear them go on about their thoughts. As a matter of fact, Audrey has shared that she does not agree with those who lead a free-spirited life. According to her, it is better to follow a conservative lifestyle instead. It is not only her because her husband agrees with this line of thought. As you can imagine, fans are not happy about this.
Jacob Did Not Finish His High School Education
We already told you that Jacob did not find it easy to grow up on television. On top of that, he had a hard time going through his teenage years. He and the family had a number of issues in the past. Even though some of these appeared on the show, many also happened off-screen. Jacob later dropped out of high school despite his family pressuring him to graduate. However, there is no need to worry because he eventually returned by taking up online studies.
A Group Tour Member Sued The Roloff Farm
A lot of things have changed in the Roloff family, but it seems that there will always be drama among them. It is not a stretch to say that this is why the TV show has gotten so big. In 2011, the show featured one of the most dramatic moments for the family. The farm was subjected to a lawsuit after Linda Farral alleged that the family has caused her personal injury. While she was on the farm for a group tour in 2009, she fell off the pavilion. In the end, the $1 million lawsuit was settled outside of court.
The Neighbors Do Not Like The Family Very Much
We know that the Roloff family seems fun, but it turned out that their neighbors are not big fans of them. After all, it must be hard to live beside them when there are always fans, tourists, and film crew members around. Reports claim that the Roloffs do not get along with their neighbors, and we can understand why this is the case. For one thing, the neighbors always complain about people taking up the parking slots in the street, as well as their own personal spots. On top of that, it is always noisy. This is even truer whenever pumpkin season rolls in.
Jacob Has Said That The Show Is Not Real
Any fan of the show will know that Jacob has strong opinions about the show. Among the siblings, he is the one who disapproves of the show. Even though we already know that he has never liked it from the very beginning, he has also shared certain truths that fans might have a hard time swallowing. For one thing, he once announced that there is no way that he was going to return to the show after he left. Even though fans wanted him to come back just one more time, he said that he does not ever want to be associated with Little People, Big World ever again.
The Baking Business Did Not Go Well
It is not a secret that Amy is passionate about baking. In fact, most fans are under the impression that she is a great baker. There was a time when she teamed up with Beaverton Bakery to take her passion a step further. Even though she thought that it was a neat idea, this did not turn out to be the case. In fact, the business shut down after they teamed up because of a rodent infestation. The inspector who dealt with this case even said that it was one of the worst infestation cases that he had seen in his life.
Matt Had A Death Hoax At One Point
If you have been in show business long enough, there is a good chance that there has been a hoax about your life. The truth is that death hoaxes are not anything unusual in this industry. In fact, Matt has experienced one of these in the past. He did not appear on the show very often at the end of the fifth season because of a health problem. However, fans thought that he disappeared so abruptly and started thinking that he already passed away. Of course, we now know that he is perfectly alive and kicking.
The Second Pregnancy Of Tori Roloff Was Not Easy
No two pregnancies are ever the same but let us just say that Tori had a harder time than most during her second one. She did not have an easy time when she was pregnant with Lilah. Compared to the first one with Jackson, it was hell. She said that she was very exhausted and would feel totally tired after walking around for 30 minutes. “I was straight up exhausted, plain, and simple. And so swollen,” she shared. We are sure that it did not help that she got a lot of nasty comments from people online. They attacked her physical appearance, which only added insult to injury!
Jacob And His Coping Mechanisms
It was difficult for Jacob to deal with the show, which explains why he eventually turned to substance abuse at one point. If you ask us, there is something admirable in how honest he has been. As a matter of fact, this might be the reason he could not handle being a reality TV show star. Anyway, he has also been open about liking marijuana and trying anything related to it. Even though there are people who would refer to this as a form of substance abuse, we doubt that he would refer to it in the same way.
Audrey Has Been Called Homophobic By Fans
Over the years, Audrey has gotten a lot of flak for her rather traditional views. A lot of people have said that she is homophobic thanks to the offensive comments that she has expressed on social media. She runs a blog titled Beating 50 Percent, which she has used as a platform to spread negative things regarding the LGBTQ community. This is where she has said that she totally disagrees with “that lifestyle” and even used harsh words to talk about such a sensitive and important issue.
The Payouts From TLC Became An Issue Too
Jacob is probably the first person that fans of the show think about when we talk about the payoff from the show. Of course, he has talked about this topic in the past as well. According to him, he thinks that he did not get fair compensation for all of his work, especially when you consider how much of his life it has taken up. The family gets paid a decent amount of money for working on the TV show, but this does not mean that he gets enough. On top of this, Jacob also said that he did not feel like he received the proper amount of money for his work on Little People, Big World as a child.
The Current Relationship Jacob Has With The Family
Even though Jacob and the rest of the family did not really have a great relationship at first, it has since become clear that the falling out is serious. They are totally estranged now thanks to the tension caused by the show. Over the years, he has talked about how he did not want to be part of the show. Despite this, his parents made him appear in it. We can see why this has caused a lot of hurt feelings on his end.
Matt Started Dating Their Former Employee Soon After The Divorce
Many viewers were totally shocked when they found out that Matt and Amy were getting divorced. In fact, a lot of people hoped that it was nothing more than a hoax. After some time, people eventually came to terms with the news. However, everyone still felt confused and uncomfortable when he moved on right away. On top of that, his new beau was someone that viewers were already familiar with. Caryn Chandler used to be the general manager of the farm, which means that the family already knew her for quite some time before she and Matt started to go out.
People Had Their Theories About The Relationship
It was quite shocking because Caryn was introduced as his new girlfriend without any time for people to process the divorce. We can see why a lot of people thought that they started seeing each other even before Amy and Matt divorced. After all, they jumped into this relationship right away, and she is already a familiar face by then. This also made fans dislike her because they assumed that he had been having an affair with her while she was working as a general manager for the farm.
How Dwarfism Has Affected Her Health
Even though the show had a lot of issues, it was a good thing that it helped demystify certain things about dwarfism. It was one of the first times that people got to take a peek at what it is like to live with this condition. Even though it helped people see that they were regular people like everyone else, many forgot that there are still struggles that come with it. In fact, Amy has experienced a lot of health problems related to this condition. What made it worse was that she mostly kept it a secret.
Jeremy And Audrey Are Not Fan Favorites
Audrey joined the show and the family by marrying Jeremy, who is one of the twins. They tied the knot and soon welcomed a little girl. After this, they had a younger child as well. Even though Audrey and Jeremy are adorable together, fans have not taken to their conservative and outspoken views. It is not comfortable for fans to hear their opposition to the gay community so often. On top of that, the couple also likes to express their disdain for people that they found to be “too liberal.”
What Molly Roloff Has Been Up To
Ever since Molly Roloff left the show, fans have pretty much stopped hearing any news about her. Let us jog your memory by reminding you that she is the only daughter of Amy and Mark. She decided to move out as soon as she became an adult and said goodbye to the show. This left a lot of fans sad since she was a staple for such a long time. She decided to leave the TV life so that she can focus more on her professional life and personal affairs. Molly worked hard to earn a degree in accounting, tied the knot, and purchased a house in Washington. She now lives there with her family.
People Thought That Amy Was Going Out With A Golddigger
Amy took some time before she could finally move on from the divorce. In the past, she has said that the idea of divorce did not come from her. However, she has since opened her heart to a new chance at love. Despite this, people do not have positive things to say about Chris Marek, her new beau. When they first started to go out and eventually announced an engagement, fans believed that he was only with her for the money. After some time, they saw just how happy Amy was with him and came to terms with the fact that he really does love her.
Let Us Just Say That Audrey Roloff Does Not Believe In Feminism
There are many things that Audrey is known for, such as her big smile, her red hair, and her conservative beliefs. Not only does she oppose the LGBTQ community and those with “non-traditional” lives, but it is clear that she does not support feminism either. A lot of viewers came to this conclusion thanks to the things that she says on her social media pages. For one thing, she has once said that as a wife, it is her duty to please her spouse. Not only that, but she has also said that he owns her body!
The Little Couple Has Its Share Of Secrets Too
Little People, Big World ended up becoming a big hit among TLC viewers, and this was also the fate of The Little Couple. It also featured a family that has dwarfism. This newer show went mainstream and won the hearts of fans across the country. The reality show features a neonatology specialist by the name of Jennifer Arnold and her businessman husband called Bill Klein. The couple has two kids between them. Even though they first met online, Bill has said that they have known one another ever since they were both ten years old!
The Scenes Are Not Always Authentic
Jacob has always said that Little People, Big World is scripted, but it turns out that The Little Couple does the same thing. The sad truth is that reality shows are not as real as they want us to think. In fact, there are a lot of scenes that are scripted from start to end. It is said that producers come up with dramatic lines to increase the entertainment value of the show. We are just hoping that not everything on the shows is fake! It is going to be devastating if it turns out that it is all scripted.
How The Couple Ended Up Becoming Parents
On the show, the couple has struggled with conceiving kids in a natural way. As a matter of fact, viewers are already aware of their journey to look for various ways to solve this issue. Sadly, they could not find anything that would make their dreams come true. This is why they decided to become parents by taking a different path. In the end, they decided to take in two kids via adoption. At first, it looked like Jen and Zoey did not get along. It was a good thing that they were able to put their differences aside after some time! What a relief it is to hear that.
The Legal Issues That Surrounded The Show
Do you remember when the show took a lengthy break between the eighth and ninth seasons of the show? While not a lot of people know why, it turned out that LMNO, the production company of the show, and Discover Communications had been engaged in a legal battle at the time. It actually went on for at least two years. Needless to say, it had a horrible impact on both the show and the reality TV show stars. When it was finally over, they resumed taping. Bill and Jen sued for compensation and won.
The Lawsuit Was Said To Be Worth Seven Million Dollars
Even though they do not talk about it on the show or with the press, there has been speculation about how much this legal suit was. There are sources that claimed that the drama kept going for such a long time that it ended up becoming worth seven million bucks. People also threw around words like extortion and embezzlement in court, which has made people believe that it was a very serious ordeal. On top of that, this goes to show how much money the series is raking in and its influence on TLC.
Bill Overcame His Demons Thanks To His Work And Family
Bill has said that he did not have it easy while he was growing up. Sadly, his experience in the past has led him to make certain decisions that were not always for the best. Even though he has never disclosed most of these bad habits, he did say that he would not have overcome his demons had it not been for his family and work. Ultimately, we are just glad that he was able to find ways to move on from that part of his life and the coping mechanisms that came with it. Good for you, Bill!
The Cameras Do Not Show Everything That Happens
Even though reality shows reveal a lot of aspects of life, it is impossible for it to cover every single thing that happens. The show is no exception to this rule. The cameras might follow the family members in all sorts of situations, but certain life events are not covered by the show. It turns out that the cameras were not there when the couple first brought Zoey to the house! Well, it might have something to do with the fact that Zoey did not even want to be there. Back then, she was not happy with the situation.
It Is Now Hard For Them To Enjoy Privacy
A lot of reality TV personalities enjoy the fruit of their labor, but there is also a time when it becomes hard to live in the spotlight. After all, it pretty much becomes a permanent thing in their lives. The difficulty has not escaped Bill and Jen. The show supposedly captures their real lives, so it is not possible for them to say that they are only acting. This is the reason the entire family has dealt with scrutiny not only from mainstream media channels but also from social media ever since the show first aired.
The Attention Has Not Always Been Positive
On this note, the entire family has received quite a lot of negative attention for various reasons in the past. It does not matter how much their fans love them since “haters gonna hate.” Thanks to the anonymous nature of social media, netizens have no qualms about saying nasty things about them. In fact, a fair amount of comments come from people who have similar health conditions. These folks believe that the family is profiting by exploiting the minority group. Despite this, there are also people who believe that the show has done well by raising awareness on issues faced by this group.
They Used To Have A Gorgeous Home
Bill and Jen have both achieved great milestones in their own careers. It goes without saying that they are not doing too badly when it comes to finances. When you consider the checks that they get for the show, they have a pretty comfortable life. In the past, the couple decided to invest some of their money in a beautiful home. Viewers enjoyed seeing it on the show, but they did not ever get to see all of its parts. Perhaps there was a reason that they did not showcase their gorgeous home too much.
The House Fetched A Good Price
When they decided that it was time to put it up on the market, the couple sold it at the best time. This house was made for them, so they put plenty of thought and time into the construction of the structure. That explains why they were able to list the house for more than a million dollars when it was time to sell it. In the end, Bill and Jen were able to sell it for a little over nine-hundred thousand bucks.
Jen Might Have A Budding Career In Politics
Anyone who has watched the show can tell you that Jen is passionate about certain causes. It is not hard for us to imagine her leading a political party and campaigning all over the country! While she has not yet done anything of this sort on a big scale, she was once seen in Washington. Over there, she talked about issues that were close to her heart. There was also a time when she talked about budget cuts for a cause that she was very passionate about. We are glad to see that she is using her platform wisely!
Jen Survived A Very Rare Kind Of Cancer
In 2013, she was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. This was already rare enough on its own, but what made it even more unusual was that she has dwarfism. Her cholangiocarcinoma developed from a failed pregnancy. It took shape in the cells that should have been the placenta of the baby. If you watched the seventh season of the show, you probably know all about her recovery and treatment. While she was going through remission, the doctors had to keep a close eye on her. After all, most recurrences took place within 18 months. We are glad to say that Jen remains cancer-free in 2020!
She Is Also Passionate About Medicaid
Jen has been in the medical field for quite some time already. She has gained quite a reputation in the industry. Another issue that is very important to her would be Medicaid. Thanks to her health conditions, she had to undergo a lot of treatments ever since she was a little girl. There was a time when she talked about how important Medicaid is for people like her. She also emphasized that it is important for this program to receive financial support to ensure that it will help other patients.
Bill And Jen Spend A Lot Of Time Together
It is quite admirable to see just how much time Bill and Jen spend with each other. We do not know about you, but it feels like this does not happen often with other reality show couples. They clearly spend a lot of time with each other and help the kids enjoy meaningful moments while growing up. The show has also shown us that they enjoy going on family holidays whenever they have the chance. Aside from this, it is clearly important for them to enjoy time together when they are home.
This Power Couple Can Overcome Anything Together
Even though Bill and Jen have a lot of challenges to go through, they have shown everyone that they will get through it with each other at their side. It is not at all a reach to say that they are a power couple! This is one of the reasons the family has such a strong bond. Together, they have overcome anything and everything that life has thrown them! Not only that, but they always came out stronger at the end of every ordeal. Even though it has not been easy, this only makes their successes in life that much more impressive.