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How are Morgan and Margaret of “Mountain Men” doing today?



History Channel’s “Mountain Men” introduced extraordinary individuals who embraced life in the wilderness. Among them were Morgan Beasley and Margaret Stern, who won over viewers as they showed true grit in facing challenges head-on and with their commitment to sustainable living. They left the reality television show in 2019, and many were curious as to what happened and how they’ve fared since then.

Background on “Mountain Men”

Back in the 1800s, mountain men usually made a living from hunting and trapping, and they were most common in the Rocky Mountains, which stretched thousands of miles from Western Canada to New Mexico. Living off the grid and becoming self-sufficient required much from a man as it entailed enduring extreme weather conditions and rugged terrain. Not many people would choose this way of life, more so in this day and age with all the modern comforts and conveniences readily available, and this was how the cast of “Mountain Men” had become a source of fascination and inspiration to viewers.

When it made its TV debut in 2012, the reality show featured tanner Tom Oar in a place near Montana’s Yaak River, survivalist Eustace Conway in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, and trapper Marty Meierotto in the Alaska North Slope’s Draanjik’s River region, Each season introduced new individuals, and showed viewers the daily lives and struggles of modern-day mountain men.


Meet Morgan Beasley

Morgan Beasley first appeared in “Mountain Men” in its fourth season premiere in June 2015. He was 33 at that time, and it was his fifth winter in the Alaska Range, a 950-km-long mountain range from Lake Clark to White River. He shared that he had been living off the land since he was in his early 20s and said, ‘I live one breath at a time and one step at a time and one day at a time.’ Morgan referred to it as ‘high-stakes living’, as it involved taking risks with serious and possibly life-changing outcomes.

Over the years, he developed a whole skill set that helped him deal or come out on top of every situation he found himself in. Morgan had graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. He’d learned how to pack horses, worked as a wrangler, and caretaker of a remote homestead in Idaho. He had experience working on trail crews, in cabinetry, construction, and fish processing.

For his first episode in the show, he set out on a 275-mile, 440kms journey from his campsite in Cook Inlet to a 37-acre piece of land he bought on the other side of the Alaska Range. He knew it wouldn’t be easy, but it was his dream to construct his own home from start to finish and set down roots, so he was highly motivated. With no access to a bush plane, he had to find a viable path in going up and down the mountain, and crossing rivers. Going on foot, he hoped to travel 12-16km (8-10miles) on average each day.

As he started in late fall, some believed that he was taking a risk, but he felt that hiking at this time of the year was ideal, as the tundras and swamps had frozen solid, which he found easier to walk on. For years, he subscribed to a nomadic lifestyle, so he’d learned how to travel light; his supplies included a bedroll, 12 pounds of smoked meat, a four-pound inflatable raft, and a handgun. The trek was physically demanding as it involved hiking on steeper slopes and higher elevation in frigid temperatures, especially at sundown, and then using his inflatable raft when crossing a river. There were no trails or roads so one could only imagine how difficult this was, not to mention the danger of encountering wild animals or predators along the way.

Meet Margaret Stern

Margaret Stern was introduced in the season six premiere of “Mountain Men” in 2017. She was Morgan’s longtime friend, and as an experienced horsewoman, she came to his place in the Alaska Range to care for his pregnant mares. The horses were unsuccessful in giving birth to foals, but she stayed on. She was a great help to Morgan, especially since they shared the same vision for the future which Margaret found incredible, someone who wanted the same things in life as herself. She loved the outdoors and wondered how to do certain things in the wilderness.

Originally from Houston, Texas, Margaret took up Natural History and Botany from the College of the Atlantic in Maine. She studied farming and draft horse work as well as taxidermy, then after graduation, she moved to Alaska to live out her dream.

Morgan barely survived his first winter in the mountains, because it was freezing cold for six months. He learned a lot during that time, and knew that he had to improve his work efficiency because there were so many things that he needed to do with only a small window to do it. With Margaret’s help, most chores were accomplished in half the time; Morgan greatly admired her work ethic. For her first episode in the show, they moved or rolled a small cabin to a permanent foundation and got it sealed so that it would have better insulation.

Going remote and enjoying the solitude

Some people wanted life far from the city, but for Morgan and Margaret, it wasn’t just about the distance, but how inaccessible the place was. For them, going remote meant going off a wilderness road system or flying in to reach the place. Out there, they had the opportunity to be in deep immersion into the natural world. The homestead was quite remote as it was in the Big River Valley on the western side of the Alaska Range. The closest road was about 150 miles or 250kms away, and nearest town 70 air miles away. It took three years before they had their own airstrip and airplanes, and both learned to fly a plane. Margaret said that her grandfather was most supportive of her flying dream.

One had to enjoy solitude when living far from everyone. However, it didn’t mean that the couple lost all contact with loved ones – she and Morgan spent weeks apart as they took turns when visiting family and friends in town or running errands. The first time Margaret was alone at the Alaska Range was when they’d secured their winter camp, and Morgan left for work for a few weeks. She was quiet as she slowly began to have a feel of the place that was to become her new home.


Setting up a homestead

On their website was a blog entry detailing how Morgan and Margaret dreamed of homesteading in the wilderness, and made it a reality. The decision was made one morning over coffee as they looked at a property description online. All they had were a Google Earth view and co-ordinates when they bought the land. In February 2015, about 4,000 lbs of supplies that they vetted, sorted, and weighed for four months were flown in via a ski plane to a frozen lake 150 miles from the closest ‘road.’ They camped out there while they searched for the exact location of the property. Once they found it, they erected a teepee with a stove, and within a few months, they’d constructed a small cabin. The following year, the horses arrived, and they gradually expanded their operation over the years.

Exit from the reality TV series

The couple struggled to overcome the challenges of carving a life for themselves out in the mountains. No matter the difficulties they faced, it was evident on their faces how happy they were or how rewarding the experience was for them. Margaret said that living there was a lot of work, and the improvements they made on the property took time, considering it was just the two of them who painstakingly did everything; still, it was all very exciting.

As “Mountain Men” chronicled the lives of Morgan and Margaret, many had come to admire their tenacity in subscribing to a lifestyle that only a few would dare to try. Fans were disappointed when the two were nowhere to be found in season nine, which began airing in 2020. No official reason was given for their exit, and it was unclear if they’d quit or if their contracts weren’t renewed for another season.

In one of her 2020 Instagram posts, someone told her that she and Morgan did an incredible job at the homestead, and wished that the couple had their own show. She dashed all hope that her fans would see her back on the reality series, as she replied, ‘I’m likely never to get involved with TV again’ along with a laughing emoji. However, they were happy to hear from people who enjoyed watching them on the show. She also told those who were interested in their progress in homesteading to check out the official Instagram account of their working wilderness homestead.

How are Morgan and Margaret doing these days?

Fans of the reality TV series, especially those who followed the ‘adventures’ of Morgan and Margaret in the Alaska Range, are naturally curious as to what’s happened to them, and wanted to know if they are still together and living on the homestead that they built.


Creating content for Vimeo, Patreon, and YouTube

Most reality stars faded into obscurity after they stopped appearing in the show, and some preferred it that way as they wanted to live a more private life. Without a doubt, Morgan and Margaret certainly didn’t shun the limelight, because they continued to film what they were doing, and not for posterity. They created their own content for a documentary series called “Alaska Range Homestead” aired via Vimeo, a video-sharing and hosting platform. So far, seven episodes about their life at the homestead have been released since 2020, and they were available for viewing at $2 per episode and $7 for the whole series.

It was unclear why they stopped uploading videos, but for those who wanted to see more of them, videos were also uploaded on Patreon, a membership platform from which content creators could receive funds from patrons or their fans. He wrote, ‘Support me as I try to capture the reality of this life in film and photography, song and prose.  I want to produce authentic content to share the dream with those it most inspires.’ The contributions would fund the infrastructure, gear, and software needed to produce captivating footage, and then later on for more professional work. His most recent upload was in January 2023, and it appeared that he’s not only a homesteader, but also an aspiring singer. The post entitled “Smooth Sailing, another new song” showed him working on a song, although he was unsure as to what exactly it was all about.

Perhaps wanting to cover all bases, Morgan launched his own YouTube channel in 2020 as well, gaining around 4,000 subscribers and garnering over 70,000 views. In August 2022, he posted a video of himself singing an original song entitled “Moon Rise Pick Up,” which was about winter in the Alaskan bush., saying that he had nine other original songs that he was thinking of putting in an album.

Sharing their little piece of heaven in Apricity

The homestead at the Alaska Range that Morgan Beasley owns is named Apricity, which means ‘the feeling of the warmth of the sun in winter.’ He couldn’t think of a better word for what life was like out in the wilderness.; this was what they hope to share with people who came to their place. Those who wanted to experience being a ‘mountain man’ or a homesteader for five to seven days had the opportunity to do so.

Apricity offered Alaska Wilderness Riding Vacation and Wilderness Homestead Vacation packages in which visitorsould have access to the homestead, rustic but comfortable lodging, custom-curated meals, and a guide to the great outdoors. One could explore the area on foot or by riding the Gaited Icelandic Horses. Adventures to be had included free climbing on small rock formations, observing birds in their natural habitats, discovering wild edible plants, and running small trap lines. At the homestead, one could learn canning, hide tanning, and tracking animals. The rates of the vacation packages ranged from $3,000 to $5,000 per person.


Fans wondered why they turned their homestead into a business, especially since most people who chose to live in such a remote area usually wanted privacy and solitude. One of them wrote in an online journal that what they had in mind aside from constructing their own home, growing their own food, and having off-grid systems, was to have some kind of business.

Morgan said that this way of life was far from simple and it cost money. He shared that they didn’t only rely on their homestead to make a living; they had ‘side gigs.’  For one thing, setting up a homestead such as building a cabin and other structures as well as establishing a garden and making it productive took time. Also, one couldn’t hunt freely because there were regulations established by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that they had to follow. There were things one would need to survive all-year round that couldn’t be found in the wilderness but at a store or hardware, and flying in those supplies costs as well. It was important to have a source of income to afford all of that. While trapping could be one, the prices of fur vary each year, so one shouldn’t depend solely on it to sustain their lifestyle.

Fortunately for Morgan and Margaret, they had money saved plus work, which they said came to their home for the first four years; some believed they were referring to their income from “Mountain Men” – improvements they made to their place wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. He shared their experience as he wanted people to understand how difficult it was to make their homestead fully operational.

Margaret left the homestead in 2022

According to their official website for Apricity, Margaret left in June 2022 to pursue other endeavors in Alaska. It was stated there: ‘The place won’t be the same without her contributions and she will be missed, but we are all glad she is moving towards exciting new opportunities.’ No further details were revealed. Fans assumed that the two broke up and so she had to leave. Many were saddened by this development especially those who had seen how well they worked together to get the homestead up and running. What was interesting though was that she kept photos of Morgan and her stay at the homestead: one of her favorites was that of Morgan smiling as he tried to cover his face with his hand. What fans knew of her life after leaving Apricity was from her Instagram account. There were photos posted from her trips to Baja California Sur and Wyoming before going back to her beloved Alaska.

Morgan said that there were a lot of risks and uncertainties in living out there in the wilderness of the Alaska Range, but for him, there was nothing that could convince him to go back to living in the city. There was simply no going back. Margaret, it seemed, is still living her dream, just not with Morgan at the homestead.

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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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