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From Financial Struggles to Fame and Fortune: The Inspiring Story of Chip Foose



We’ve all heard the adage, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try again’, but have you ever considered the amazing things that can happen when you don’t give up on your goals? We’d like to introduce you to Chip Foose – a car designer who went from financial struggle to world-famous success to becoming a household name—literally. Chip is an American icon in the hot-rodding world. Starting with humble beginnings, he’s achieved tremendous success, both technically and financially. However, his story isn’t one of overnight success and fortune; it’s been a series of trials, tribulations, and hard work that led him to where he is today. In this presentation, we’ll explore the inspiring story of Chip Foose: how he got started, his struggles, and how he achieved fame and fortune. Stay tuned!

Who is Chip Foose?

His early life, family, and educational background

Samuel ‘Chip’ Foose was born on 13th October 1963, in Santa Barbara, California, USA to Sam and Terry Foose, the oldest of three children, having a younger brother named Brock and a younger sister named Katie. Chip’s father was an automobile designer and had a shop- Project Design, where he customized cars. Consequently, he spent a lot of time in the garage, working alongside his father and learning a lot in the process. In fact, his first official job was at his father’s company when he was just seven years old. By the time he reached twelve years old, he already had five years of experience working on cars; he’d even painted his first car. Impressive!

For most of his early life, Chip and his family lived in Huntington Beach, where he attended the local primary school before matriculating from Edison High School. Still a car enthusiast, he had a chance to meet with renowned automotive designer, Alex Tremulis (designer for Preston Tucker and Ford ) which cemented his decision to pursue his passion for automotive design. In 1982, he decided to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, majoring in automotive product design. While there, Chip honed his skills as a designer and fabricator, and he soon became known for his exceptional talent.

Unfortunately, his family was facing financial difficulties two years into his studies, prompting him to drop out of college. For the next four years, he worked various odd jobs to help stabilize the financial situation at home, before returning the college. Ultimately, he graduated in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree with honors.


Hot Rod Design

After graduating, Chip was determined to make a name for himself in the auto world, and he eventually found his calling in hot rod design. He relocated to Pasadena, and was immediately hired by the well-known Boyd Coddington Hot Rod Shop. At Boyd’s shop, Foose learned the ins and outs of designing hot rods, but he particularly shone in creating custom cars. He worked hard and quickly rose in the ranks, thanks to his unmatched dedication to excellence. Under his watchful eye, teams created multiple award-winning vehicles that were unveiled at car shows across the US. At Boyd’s shop, Chip worked on some of the most iconic cars of the time, including Boyd’s own ‘Boydster’, ‘Boydster II’, ‘Cadzilla’, and the ‘Alumatub’, quickly becoming known for his exceptional skills and attention to detail. At the time, Chip worked part-time at Boyd’s shop and full-time at Sterenberger Design until he resigned from the latter in 1993.


That same year, he began to work for J Mays at the prestigious Ford, but was soon convinced by Boyd to work full-time for him instead. With that, he became Managing Director and eventually the President of Hot Rods by Boyd. He was widely acclaimed for his signature ‘Boyd Look’ in designing vehicles and his jaw-dropping creations, and went on to create vehicles that garnered international fame, including the Sportstar, Boyd Air, and Roadster, to name a few.

In 1998, Hot Rods by Boyd faced bankruptcy due to the then-failing Boyd’s Wheels, causing Chip to resign from his position, ending nearly a decade of their partnership. But while his career seemed to be on an upward trajectory, it would take another 12 years before Chip could finally achieve financial stability. During this period, he worked primarily on weekends and evenings to support himself and his family, eventually getting his big break when he became chief designer for Ford Motor Company, worked for Alex Yeoman and even held a position at General Motors.

Chip went on to use his in-depth knowledge to refine his skills, while working in hot rod shops such as ASHA Corp., Intermeccanica, Baker Sportronics, and Steve Stanford Designs, amongst others. He worked as the automotive designer, creating illustrations, conceptual models, and more. As chief designer/ fabricator, he created models and prototypes that were to be used in both the NBL (National Basketball League) and the NFL (National Football League). He worked with his father at Project Design, where they built street rods, studio vehicles, customized cars and show cars for films including “Robo Cop”, “Blade Runner” and “Gone in 60 Seconds”.

Creating His Own Hot Rod Design Business

Chip Foose and his wife founded Foose Design in 1984, basing the company in Huntington Beach, California, specializing in automotive and product design development, including illustration, model making, surfacing, and complete construction of automobiles and related products. Initially, Foose struggled financially and took out a loan to keep his business afloat. However, his dedication and hard work paid off, and he gained recognition for his exceptional designs.

Foose also branched out and built other types of vehicles, such as commercial trucks. He conceptualized new ideas and fabricated prototypes for OEMs, and his creations gained recognition from the automotive industry, working on projects for “Spiderman 2” and “Herbie: Fully Loaded”. By 2007, Foose Design had become renowned for high-end automotive design and custom builds, sought after by car enthusiasts worldwide. He worked hard on marketing himself, creating show cars, hosting competitions, and leveraging connections with influential people in the industry to increase his fame and success. Overall, Chip Foose turned a struggling small business into a thriving hot rod design company, with a name known throughout the automotive culture.

TV Host

Chip gained worldwide fame after appearing on Discovery Channel’s “Overhaulin‘” in 2004, which created by Foose and producer Bud Brutsman, follows the process of transforming rundown cars into customized vehicles in a short amount of time. The show tricks someone into giving up their car and features a team of mechanics and designers who work together to transform the car, often incorporating personalized features and design elements specific to the car’s owner. The show is still running today and has moved from TLC to the Discovery Channel. The show’s cast includes: Chip himself, who is the lead designer, oversees the projects, and provides creative direction, Chris Jacobs who hosts the show, helps to coordinate the surprise, and interacts with the car’s owner as well as Adrienne “AJ” Janic the co-host who helps to coordinate the surprise and interacts with the car’s owner.


The show “Overhaulin’” had an original run of five seasons where nearly 90 car transformations were completed. In addition to the show’s regular episodes, it also featured several special episodes and spin-offs, including “Overhaulin’ 2.0,” “Inside West Coast Customs,” and “Chasing Classic Cars”. Chip has also been featured on other automotive shows such as “American Hot Rod” and “Rides or Destroyed”. In 2009, he was a guest judge on “Ultimate Car Build-Off” and from 2010-2011 hosted “American Icon: The Hot Rod”. The show “Overhaulin'” was relaunched on Velocity network in 2012 for four more seasons, and is now back in production with new episodes set to air in 2019 on MotorTrend.


Chip has also found success in giving back to the community through charitable work. After his early struggles, he was moved to lend a hand to others, and through his television show, Foose has shared stories from veterans, the elderly, low-income families, and anyone in need of car restoration.

He’s also taken it upon himself to “pay it forward” by helping restore and remodel churches, fire departments, and other non-profits in their community. He’s even worked on projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities, whether they’re at a local hospital or within the homes of families in need. What’s even more inspiring is that Chip was able to use his own experiences, finances, and platform to help others find success too. To date, he has:

  • Created internships for aspiring automotive designers and engineers.
  • Sponsored charities like the USO and Toys for Tots
  • Mentored underprivileged youth interested in automotive restoration and design
  • Become the vice chairman of the Progeria Research Foundation‘s California branch, since his youngest sister passed away from Hutchinson–Gilford progeria syndrome.
  • Taken part in a number of children’s charities, including Victory Junction Gang Camp and Childhelp.
  • Been named by SEMA – Specialty Equipment Market Association – the grand marshal for their Show N’ Shine public car show, in which all proceeds went to children’s charities.

Awards and achievements

With a knack for creating dream vehicles out of a sheet of metal, Chip has gone on to have an incredibly successful career. He’s achieved remarkable success with his designs, some of which sold over 25,000 units, an unprecedented feat in the automotive industry. His custom cars have won numerous awards at the most prestigious car shows across North America, demonstrating the importance of good design.


Chip’s exceptional talent led to his induction into both the Automotive Hall of Fame and the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. In November 1997, at the age of 31, Foose became the youngest member ever to be inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame at Peterson Publishing’s 50th-anniversary event held at the SEMA trade show in Las Vegas. More awards include the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Art Center College of Design. In 1998, he was the first recipient of the Good Guys Trendsetter Award and won the prestigious AMBR Award a number of times. He was also inducted into the Darryl Starbird Rod & Custom Car Museum Hall of Fame in 2002, the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame in 2003, the Detroit Autorama ‘Circle of Champions’ Hall of Fame in 2012, and the San Francisco Rod and Custom Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2005.

Foose won the Ridler Award in 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2015, and the AMBR Award in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2014, some of which were designed by Foose and completed by other builders such as Barry White, Troy Trepanier and Bobby Alloway. He’s also won the Goodguys Street Rod of the Year Award seven times, and was inducted into the Diecast Hall of Fame in 2009. Foose’s accolades include the Best Hot Rod at the 2011 Bilsport Performance Show and the Best Custom Car – a 1954 Chevrolet ‘Cool Air’ at the NACE Expo in 2014.

What is he up to now?

Now that he’s reached the peak of success and his design skills have been recognized, Chip Foose is now a brand ambassador for multiple companies and organizations. He also appears in various TV shows and magazines as a design expert. He’s partnering with Don Cameron’s Basis Investment Group to create innovative designs for the automotive industry, collaborating with 3M Automotive as a product innovator, pushing the boundaries of design tools and materials, and appearing on TV to educate viewers on custom car design. Quite recently, he was made the official artist for SEMA, and was given the task of creating artwork for the yearly aftermarket trade show from 2022 and beyond.

He still runs his successful business, Foose Designs, based in Huntington Beach, California, with his own YouTube channel that documents the builds. Foose designs and markets his own line of customized wheels (designed by him and manufactured by Metalsport Wheels and MHT Wheels) under the Foose Wheels banner. That’s not including a successful Foose art design and merchandise line under his name as well. So, you can see that after all his years of hard work, Chip Foose is now reaping the rewards of his talents!


Where can you find him?

These days, Chip Foose is all over the place—literally. You can find him at a variety of drift racing and car shows around the world, in addition to making regular public appearances and giving lectures. Plus, he’s got his line of automotive tools and supplies, making it easier for aspiring mechanics to get their hands on quality tools. He also shows up on TV, having been featured in multiple automotive-related programs to date.

He’s quite active on social media such as Instagram and Twitter, where he boasts a huge following of 2 million and 150,000, respectively. You can also find him on his personal website, where fans get a glimpse of his projects, updates, and can even purchase his merchandise.

How much is he worth?

As of 2023, Chip Foose’s net worth is estimated to be around $18 million. However, his exact income isn’t publicly available, as it can vary depending on the projects he’s working on and his various business ventures. In addition to his work on television and in the automotive industry, he’s also launched his own line of wheels and accessories, which have become popular among car enthusiasts, and runs a custom car shop, Foose Designs which specializes in customizing and restoring classic cars. Overall, Chip’s success in the automotive industry, combined with his various business ventures and television appearances, has contributed to his impressive net worth. We can only say that this wealth is definitely expected to rise as he takes on more projects he’s passionate about.

At the end of it all, Chip Foose has come a long way. From his humble beginnings starting in his dad’s garage than as an apprentice at his dad’s company, to being a celebrity auto designer and achieving international fame, he’s made it to the top. His story is one of relentless hard work and determination, a testament to the power of consistency through adversity. It took a long time, but in the end, Chip has been able to turn his passion into a successful career, inspiring other budding entrepreneurs along the way. He teaches us that no matter what life throws at us, with hard work and a little bit of luck, we have the power to take control of our destinies. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors!

As the Managing Editor at The Legit, I direct a dynamic team dedicated to creating rich content that profiles the lives and accomplishments of influential figures. My commitment to detail and storytelling drives the production of biographies that truly engage our audience. I manage all aspects of the editorial process, from conducting thorough research to crafting vivid narratives, all while ensuring the accuracy and quality of our work. At The Legit, our goal is to offer our readers comprehensive profiles that provide deep insights into the realms of business, entertainment, and more. Through diligent research and engaging storytelling, we highlight the exceptional journeys and achievements of those who both inspire and intrigue us.

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The Saddest Stories Ever Featured in Paternity Court



About “Paternity Court”

“Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court”, which ran from 2013 to 2020, was a non-traditional court show starring Lauren Lake, a respected family lawyer and legal analyst. The series was a 79th & York Entertainment and Orion Television production, and received a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program in 20019. Unfortunately, MGM was forced to discard all courtroom programs due to financial struggles in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and changes in ownership of the network.

With court programming being the second highest-rated genre on daytime television as of 2012, the inception of “Paternity Court” was also helped by the success of “Maury”. Nevertheless, there was a marked difference between the two shows, as “Maury” was more focused on drama and shenanigans, whereas “Paternity Court” worked towards using the test results as a way for the participants in the show to build healthy and long-lasting relationships. Ultimately, the goal of the program was to reinvigorate the court show genre by reaching the widest possible audience.

The format of each episode sees Lauren Lake speak to the show’s litigants and decide cases based on the results of DNA tests. Probate disputes over wills were also an integral part of the show; in early 2013, the show’s creator, David Armour, shared more of what happened on set – “We don’t take any of this lightly. There is a responsible side to the show where we help families get on the right path,” he shared. “We want to dig into these stories much deeper than any other court show does. We’re dealing with resolutions about how families can move forward now that they have results.”


Before and after the results, Lauren would take time to speak with her litigants. Most episodes of “Paternity Court” only focused on one case, unlike other present-day court shows which focus on two. However, it’s unclear just how involved MGM or the production team were with each family when filming wrapped up.

The doomed court series spawned two sister shows: “Personal Injury Court”, which was hosted by Gino Brogdon, and “Couples Court with the Cutlers”, which was hosted by Keith and Dana Cutler and used testing and evidence to prove – or disprove – infidelity. Sadly, all three shows were cancelled after ending production due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Saddest Moments

“Paternity Court” regaled its viewers with truly heart-breaking moments over the years, such as the episode in which Donna Andrews asked for a paternity test to prove that the man who had raised her was her biological father. Donna, who had gone out to dine with some friends in Atlanta one fateful evening, was shocked when a man approached her out of the blue and showed her a tattoo of her name on his leg. Obviously, this caused her to doubt everything about her childhood and the man she believed to be her biological father.

William Glenn, who claimed to be Donna’s biological father, said that he’d kept it a secret for thirty years because Donna had been raised in a loving household and he didn’t want to turn her life upside-down. Roger Andrews, the man who raised Donna, was deceased, as well as Donna’s biological mother. The plot thickens, as it turns out that Donna was aware of William’s existence due to him being the father of one of her younger sisters.

Although Roger and Donna didn’t actually live together, perhaps due to him being separated from Donna’s mother, he did everything a supportive father does, and was even present during Donna’s high school graduation ceremony. When Roger passed away on the due date of Donna’s second child, she was understandably traumatized; when she was approached by William at the restaurant that fateful night, she was still mourning Roger’s death, but made it clear that she wasn’t looking for a replacement by taking the case to “Paternity Court”.


Telling his side of the story, William shared that he and Donna’s mother began dating in 1976 and that Donna was born when William “left” for eight months. When William asked Donna’s mother about her pregnancy, she didn’t give him any clear answers or indicate that he could be the biological father.

Before the restaurant incident, other odd things happened to Donna that made her doubt Roger being her real father. While on a plane, she was somehow seated next to someone who claimed to know who her biological father was. When this person gave Donna a description, she was confused because it didn’t match Roger at all. Then, a few months after Roger died, one of Donna’s cousins confessed that she wasn’t really his daughter.

“You waited until my mother passed away. We don’t have nobody’s word but your word now,” Donna reproached William. When the DNA results revealed that William was indeed Donna’s biological father, she was blown away, and broke down in tears. Donna, who had brought a framed picture of Roger with her to the courtroom, also showed William the photo and doubled down on her stance: she considered Roger her father, not him.

The next case we’ll be discussing is equally depressing. Siblings Hector Hunt and Precious Raysor decided to sue their parents for a paternity test after a huge argument in which it was revealed that the man that they believed to be their father, Richard Jacobs, wasn’t after all. Despite being the only father figure in the siblings’ life, Richard allegedly revealed that the siblings weren’t his biological children while arguing with his wife. However, Richard claimed that he only said that in the heat of the moment, due to a hurtful comment his wife, Daisy Hammonds, had made.

“This is the only man I’ve known for all my life,” an emotional Precious berated her mother. “He’s been there for my kindergarten graduation, my sixth-grade graduation, how many men do you know sit in the delivery room with their daughter while they’re having a baby?” When Precious’s mother confessed that she didn’t really know who their father was, Precious exploded, as she had planned on Richard walking her down the aisle at her wedding, which would take place a few months after the episode.


As it happens, for years there had been rumors in the neighborhood of a man named Tommy Farmer being Precious and Hector’s biological father. When Tommy was shown on the screen for a videocall, Precious was so incredulous that she walked out of the courtroom. Daisy confessed to having had a sexual relationship with Tommy around the time of her pregnancy with Precious, and refused to look her children in the eye, which made her appear guilty.

When it was revealed that Richard wasn’t Precious or Hector’s biological father, he and the siblings broke down in court. Tearful hugs were shared between the three and Daisy also appeared visibly devastated. The episode ended on an even worse note, when Daisy shared that she wasn’t Hector’s biological mother, but rather a woman that had died shortly after childbirth was.

For the first 33 years of her life, Jazmine St. James was a daddy’s girl and was even walked down the aisle by the man she believed to be her father, Kenneth Esaw. However, six months before appearing in the show, Kenneth revealed during an argument that she wasn’t his biological daughter. Stunned, Jazmine and her brother opened a paternity case to get the answers they needed.

Kenneth always believed that he wasn’t Jazmine’s biological father but never found the right moment to tell her the truth. Apparently, he agreed to take a paternity test so that the truth could set him free, as the secret had been haunting him for over three decades. The argument between Jazmine and Kenneth started when Jazmine confronted her father as to why he wasn’t more present in his grandchildren’s lives.

After discovering the truth, Jazmine began suffering from depression and anxiety. “I feel like I’m going to die of heartbreak,” she confessed tearfully, sharing that she hadn’t been eating or sleeping since Kenneth dropped the bombshell.


Kenneth then shared that, shortly after getting into a relationship with Jazmine’s mother, they learned she was pregnant. However, when they went to the doctor, they realized that he couldn’t be the father because she was too far along. Kenneth’s mother was also present in the courtroom and corroborated his version of events.

When the DNA results proved that Kenneth wasn’t Jazmine’s biological father, he looked somewhat relieved, whereas she looked completely heartbroken. Even so, she thanked Kenneth for raising her as his daughter.

We can all agree that, although “Paternity Court” was never picked up by another network following its cancellation, Lauren Lake and the production team did a great job at sharing these people’s stories, and helping some families find the closure they needed to move on in their lives.

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Michael Ilesanmi’s Toxic Relationship With Angela Deem



Michael Ilesanmi

Viewers of the “90 Day Fiancé” franchise are more than familiar with Michael Ilesanmi, who has been in a turbulent relationship with wife Angela Deem since 2018. Michael became a fan favorite in the second season of “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” due to Angela being such a controversial character in the show; the blonde, who is in her late 50s, doesn’t let Michael work or have social media accounts and has made it clear on many occasions that she doesn’t trust him.

With that said, Michael hasn’t done much to build that trust either. Things were going well at the beginning of the relationship, when the couple connected on social media in 2018 – so well, in fact, that Angela soon flew out to Michael’s home country of Nigeria to visit him. The glaring age gap and cultural differences between the two soon became evident. At the time, Angela was 52 years old and already had grandchildren, whereas Michael was two decades younger.

Angela’s daughter and friends began voicing their concerns, and when the interracial couple began having disagreements in Nigeria, she wondered if her younger boyfriend was secretly embarrassed to be seen with her. At the beginning of the relationship, Michael also admitted that he had cheated on Angela by engaging in sexual acts with a local woman. Since then, the tenuous trust between the couple was broken.


Angela’s first trip to Nigeria ended with Michael handing her an engagement ring wrapped in an American flag. Almost as soon as she returned to the US, the TV personality accused her Nigerian lover of draining her bank account, and proceeded to scream at him over the phone, which many viewers considered verbal abuse. Angela had given Michael her debit card for him to make a $300 withdrawal, but somehow he took out three times as much – allegedly by mistake.

In the third season of “Before the 90 Days”, the duo was reunited and waiting for him to obtain his K-1 visa. After yet another onscreen argument, Michael tried to apologize to Angela for cheating on her by giving her a cake… Which Angela promptly threw at his face. The relationship became even more chaotic when the couple discovered that there were little to no chances of Angela getting pregnant; when she asked her daughter, Skyla, to act as a surrogate, Skyla was outraged and refused.

Unfortunately for Michael, his visa was denied, which Angela discovered when she returned to the US during the seventh season of “90 Day Fiancé”. Even so, the couple tried to put aside their cultural differences and work on their trust issues, before celebrating their grandiose Nigerian wedding in season five of “90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After?”.

Days after the nuptials, which took place at the beginning of 2020, Angela had to unexpectedly return home due to the death of her ailing mother. The newlyweds were put to the test yet again when coronavirus-related travel restrictions were implemented before Angela could fly back to Nigeria, with both parties struggling to keep the flame alive.


While Angela waited for Michael’s spousal visa to come through, she put her baby search on the backburner and began dieting and exercising instead. However, her husband was vehemently against the idea of Angela slimming down or having a breast reduction. When Angela flirted with the doctor responsible for her weight loss surgery, Michael – who, by now, had become a minor celebrity thanks to his affable personality and hilarious on-screen moments – felt hurt and insecure. All this helped Angela become the villain of the relationship, despite Michael having cheated on her.

While healing from her surgeries, Angela tried to remotely track Michael’s activity and location via his phone, after he’d stopped communicating with her. This led to another explosive row that left the couple on the verge of a split; nevertheless, they gave things another go at the request of Tracey, Angela’s psychic.

In an attempt to win Michael back, Angela went under the knife for new breast implants, as her chest was his favorite feature of hers. During the season six Tell-All episode of “Happily Ever After?”, Angela began arguing with Michael’s aunt, Lydia, when the latter judged her for undergoing weight loss surgery instead of trying for a baby. Angela was so incandescent with rage that she flashed her breasts at the cameras; she also argued with Michael for taking his aunt’s side during the heated verbal argument.

The on-screen spat spiraled out of control and ended with Angela announcing that she would be acting single and flaunting her new, slimmer body until Michael could come to the US. During her “90 Day Fiancé” spin-off, the American met up with a former love interest, and was also seen destroying Michael’s car during a visit to Nigeria, which caused him to break up from her.


As things between Angela and Michael are so volatile, we just don’t know if the couple have broken up for good, or are planning to get back together. However, we can tell you more about Angela’s former flame, a handsome Canadian named Billy Sotiropoulos who also happens to be one of her close friends. Angela flew over to Canada to support Billy at his fundraising event, and was warmly welcomed when she touched down in Toronto.

Not everyone was pleased with Angela visiting Billy, with many followers of the couple reminding her that she would go crazy if Michael did the same. Anyone who keeps up with Angela and Michael’s exhausting marriage knows that the blonde has forbidden him from having female friends; meanwhile, she has no intentions of toning down her controversial online content, such as her provocative dancing videos.

In any case, it appears that Michael is now in the States after finally getting his green card. There have been rumors of Michael planning to leave Angela to be with his anonymous 30-year-old American girlfriend, with whom he allegedly cheated on his wife. These rumors have led to people thinking that Michael was only playing a waiting game with Angela, until he could obtain American citizenship. Nevertheless, only time will tell if the warring couple make things work or go their separate ways for good.

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Jacob Roloff: The Rebel Roloff Who Left Reality TV Behind



About Jacob Roloff

As one of Matt and Amy Roloff’s four children, Jacob Roloff made something of a name for himself in the reality TV world, thanks to the family’s series, “Little People, Big World”. Since the show’s 2006 premiere, the Roloff clan have become household names, and fans were surprised to see Jacob walk away from it all.

Jacob was raised alongside his siblings Zach, Jeremy and Molly in the Oregon-based Roloff Farms, which Matt and Amy purchased in happier times at the beginning of their marriage. The farm, which originally boasted 36 acres and many luxurious features which Matt implemented throughout the years, held many happy memories for the second-generation Roloffs. Sadly, it would later become a sore point when Matt boldly decided to put part of it on the market, after being encouraged to do so by his new girlfriend.

Nevertheless, Jacob stopped living with his family many years before Matt tried to sell part of the property – many fans of the show wondered why the elusive Roloff had suddenly stepped away from the limelight. Although the show mainly focuses on Matt, Amy and Zach, as the only three members of the Roloff family who are little people, it appears that Jacob has never been interested in the entertainment industry, and prefers to keep a low profile.


The truth behind Jacob’s decision was revealed in late 2020, when the former reality TV personality shared his sexual abuse testimony on social media. Just 23 years old at the time, Jacob had walked away from the show a year prior, much to viewers’ dismay. His thousands of Instagram followers were horrified to read about the alleged abuse Jacob suffered at the hands of Chris Cardamone, who worked on the show from 2007 to 2010.

“It is often much easier to think about things than it is to talk about them. As a child, after what I realize now was a long grooming process, I was molested by an executive field producer of ‘Little People, Big World’, Chris Cardamone,” Jacob wrote. At the time of sharing his harrowing story, Jacob was bombarded by news outlets who wanted him to give a tell-all interview, but he turned down all such requests.

Nevertheless, Jacob’s Instagram post resulted in an immediate backlash against Chris, especially when the youngest Roloff shared that the executive field producer had been in touch with him in late 2015. PEOPLE magazine and other publications all tried and failed to extract a statement from Chris, but even more questions were raised when journalists began digging into his murky past.

Two months after Jacob shared his side of the story, The Sun explosively revealed that Chris had been arrested in October 2008 for child sex crimes. A Public Information Officer working at the Santa Clara Sherriff’s Office confirmed that Chris had been arrested and booked into jail, for the heinous offence of felony lewd and lascivious acts with a minor.


Ultimately, Chris was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 with force, two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14, and one count of cruelty to child with possible injury or death. Sadly perhaps, he accepted a plea deal in December 2010 and served just 73 days in jail and four years of supervised probation. Some of the conditions of his probation included submitting to chemical testing, completing substance abuse counseling, and submitting to a property/person search.

Obviously, Jacob’s parents and siblings showed their support in the aftermath of the scandal, but for some netizens, that just wasn’t good enough. Viewers of “Little People, Big World” demanded to know why TLC and the production company allowed Chris to keep working on the show after being arrested for sex crimes, whereas others suspect that Matt and Amy knew what was going on but looked the other way so that their show wouldn’t get cancelled. However, Jacob has made clear that he doesn’t blame any of his family members for what he suffered.

These days, Jacob has over 360,000 Instagram followers and is focusing on being the best father possible to his son, Mateo. Jacob is also a fur parent to his beloved pet dog Luna, and frequently shares snaps of his tight-knit family unit on social media. Sadly, some of Jacob’s followers have been turned off by his parenting decisions, such as teaching Mateo sign language, but not showing his face on social media.

Nevertheless, Jacob’s day-one supporters aren’t going anywhere. “Am so so so stoked you broke away from the ‘image’ and shadow of your family and reality tv BS dynamics… you are one cool, intelligent, INTROSPECTIVE and insightful dude. THANK YOU”, one Instagram user commented under a recent post.

It’s true that Jacob can express himself more freely now that he’s not under any contractual obligations. Since leaving the show, he’s started working on his own greenhouse and growing marijuana – which is legal in the state of Oregon – sharing every step of the process with his fans.


As for Jacob’s siblings, Zach is the only one who remains on “Little People, Big World”. It makes sense, as the other Roloff siblings didn’t inherit dwarfism, and the show focuses on how little people such as Zach and his parents cope with everyday tasks and struggles.

Zach has been married since 2015 and has three children, all of whom were born with dwarfism. His wife, Tori, is a former kindergarten teacher and keen amateur photographer of average height. Unfortunately, Zach and Tori have been lambasted for choosing to keep having children despite Zach’s condition.

Jeremy, Zach’s twin brother, has his hands full between parenthood, marriage, and the number of projects he and his wife Audrey have on their plates at any given time. The handsome reality TV star, who studied at Brooks Institute of Photography and has a Bachelor of Arts degree, has two children named Ember Jean and Bode James.

Audrey and Jeremy are trying to make names for themselves in the creative industry, and have done so with a number of ambitious ventures such as co-authored books, their own podcast, and several small businesses.

Meanwhile Molly Roloff, Matt and Amy’s only daughter, is even more reclusive than her brother Jacob. Molly walked away from the show years ago for unspecified reasons, but is believed to be on good terms with the rest of the family. Jacob and Molly have openly supported each other throughout the years, especially in the wake of Jacob’s confession regarding the sexual abuse he suffered.

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