Why Isn't Jacob Roloff On Little People, Big World?

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The world really is a big place, and he's off to find his place.

Why Isn't Jacob Roloff On Little People, Big World? Jacob has quite a bit to say about his experience being on the TLC show with his family.

After TLC’s Little People, Big World premiered it’s latest season last week without Matt and Amy Roloff’s youngest child Jacob, it got fans wondering where he is and if he’s going to make appearances on the show in upcoming episodes. 

There has been a ton of speculation as to why Jacob has not renewed his TLC contract and if he had a falling out with his lovable family. Not the case at all! It’s been years now since we’ve seen him on the show, and that’s because he has been building a life for himself, away from the spotlight. Here’s a few reasons why Jacob will NOT be on camera…ever again. 

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1. Jacob is over the drama. 

Jacob lives relatively close to his parent’s farm, so it’s become obvious that distance is not the reason why we aren't seeing him in any scenes. In 2016, he commented to In Touch that the show was framing scenes in such a way to build up drama for viewers. He claims his family is the complete opposite of what the public sees on TV. In 2015, he took Twitter by storm by implying that when he was a minor, he didn't receive appropriate financial compensation for being the show.

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2. He felt his family’s health was not prioritized. 

“Producers have to try to get us to follow the talking points,” Jacob wrote in Good Housekeeping. “For me, noticing how the agenda of the crew doesn't work well with the health and happiness of our family is what made me decide quite a while ago that I could not be a part of it as soon as I was able.” 

3. He’s a published author.


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But Jacob hasn't just been sitting at home, sulking about his experience on the show. He released a book, "Verbing" which reveals the show only brought him pain, especially in his relationship with his family members.

In Touch Magazine quoted Jacob explaining that, “The show led to arguments and miscommunications with family, especially my parents, culminating in their decision to experiment with having me see a therapist.”  "Verbing" is compiled into essay format and speaks of his personal growth, on several different levels, due to being in the public eye. He’s now working on his second book after seeing the success of his first. 

4. He's engaged.

Besides working on his second book, Jacob and his new fiancé, Isabel Rock, have been traveling cross-country, documenting their adventures and road trip-experience through their Youtube channel,Rock & Roloff. 

Some clips in the videos have Jacob, being completely candid about his departure from the show. According to In Touch’s interview with Jacob, he was quoted saying, "I saw a comment on something and somebody was asking why I don't just do the show since I'm filming myself right now. There's two ways to do the filming thing — one way is through the show, maybe, and the other way is through myself and vlogs. It's just more free doing it myself, I can do anything, I can say anything, I can talk about anything — I can show whatever I want." 

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To be clear, Jacob is not resentful or bitter in any way that he’s left the show. There are times when fans approach Jacob and express their sorrow for him having left the show, but he’d rather these fans just be happy for him that he’s moved on and is doing his own thing now — without the TLC cameras.  

5. His Instagram says a thousand words.

Of course, if viewers look closely, we can all see this was a long time coming for Jacob. Nearly a year ago, he wrote a lengthy caption under one his Instagram pictures about the sum of his experience.

“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; and I’m posting this to say that that will never happen. For the sake of the ratings I’ve seen a lot of STORYLINES drawn up (loosely) about our lives and when I was standing here, behind the scenes, 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. …For me, noticing how the agenda of the production crew doesn't work well with the health and 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. 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 it’s like they never played the part. I am with my family and I love them, I’m just saying you will never see me on TV again.”

While we will definitely miss seeing Jacob on the show, we’re happy to know he's is still close with his family despite his feelings about the filming production and how things are represented (or misrepresented) on the show. 

We look forward to his second book and wish him and his beautiful fiancé a lifetime of happiness and love! Love ya Jacob!

Christina Wright is a New York based freelance writer covering entertainment, beauty, interior design and all things fashionably interesting. Christina mostly enjoys reading, and doing things “for the funny story later”.