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What is Jason Aker from ‘Fast N’ Loud’ doing in 2023?

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Jason Aker became a known reality television personality through the automotive hit series “Fast N Loud.” While he wasn’t one of the original cast members as he didn’t belong to the core crew of Richard’s Rawlings customization shop, Gas Monkey Garage, the restoration expert quickly gained popularity after he was hired as the shop’s foreman. His expertise brought so much credibility to the show that fans thought that he should have his own garage, but then he’d already had one long before the show started to air on Discovery Channel. After the show ended, fans were curious as to what happened to Jason, and whether he was still part of Richard’s crew.

Get to know Jason Aker

His childhood and personal life

Jason Aker was born on 6 January 1974, and while there was no information on his growing-up years, it was generally believed that he was raised in Oklahoma City. He only said that his passion for cars developed a little later in life, and that he didn’t go through what most car enthusiasts had experienced growing up. He never had that bonding moment with his father tinkering with the family car in the garage, because his father was quite busy back then. Even with all the social media accounts that he opened up, he was still stingy in sharing personal information. Most of his posts were about the car builds that he did, or the car events that he attended. A few of them were personal posts centered on his wife, Apryl Courtney Aker, and two children, Savanna and Brett; he’s quite proud of what his elder achieved, as she was an honors student, and a membert of her school band. Fans commended him for taking time to be with his son, as they bonded together watching football, baseball and basketball games, despite his busy schedule, especially since he spent many months in Dallas filming for his reality TV series.

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How did he start in the car restoration business?

Jason Aker started his career in the automotive industry in 1992, but fully developed his skills in classic car restoration when in 2002 he was thrown into the mix of managing a company called Worldwide Muscle Cars, located in Edmond, Oklahoma, with Mike McCullough and Steve Hudiburg. He never had a formal education from any vocational or technical school, or earned any ASE certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. However, he was fortunate to meet a group of amazing guys who were generous enough to teach him not only how to fix cars, but to do them the right way. The car dealership he worked for had about 40 Boss 429s and 400 Shelby Mustangs; this rare opportunity was his ticket to the world of classic car restoration, and up to this day, Jason is grateful for that. His first foray into restoring cars professionally was a 1967 Shelby, which jump-started his career.

Became a classic car restoration expert

Through the years he worked for Steve and Mike, he developed his expertise in restoring Shelby and Mustang classic cars. In 1966, another life-changing moment happened to him when one of his mentors, known Shelby restoration expert John Brown, asked him to be one of the judges for the Shelby Mustang entries in car shows around the country. Most of what he learned in this classic car industry was taught him by John, along with another mentor/judge Jason Billups. The two experts saw something in him that they unselfishly provided him with a wealth of knowledge, so that he could also someday impart the skills to others to continue the legacy of taking care of these vintage cars.

Two Shelbys that made his name popular in the classic restoration industry

In the automotive industry, the value of car restorers would be appraised through the quality of their work. The projects that made Jason Aker one of the best out there were his prized restorations involving two 1966 Shelby GT350s – the first had the serial code 001, and was displayed at a prestigious car event, the 2012Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance. This was considered a rare occurrence, since that particular car show never invited any Mustangs even up to this day, except for that year. It ended up winning the Triple Crown by getting the top awards in the Thoroughbred Class, the Shelby American Automobile Club’s Premier Award, the MCA’s Authenticity Award, and in Mustang Club of America (MCA).

The second Shelby GT350 was one of the four Shelby convertibles that were made in 1966. Apparently, car racer and designer Carroll Shelby was annoyed that a friend of his heavily leaned on the Ferrari brand, and when asked the reason behind it, he learned that it was because there was no convertible Shelby Mustang; this was how the Shelby convertible started in the market. Just as the first restored Shelby, this one was a Division 1 Gold winner too – it was sold for close to $700,000 when it was given up for sale at the Barrett Jackson Auctions in Scottsdale.

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Jason Aker and his time with “Fast N Loud”

This restoration expert never thought that he would appear in a reality TV show, but fate played it differently with him because he didn’t just appear as a guest, but was invited to take a spot as one of the main stars of the show.

A brief background on “Fast N Loud”

“Fast N Loud” was one of the most-viewed automotive reality TV series on Discovery Channel after it was launched on 6 June 2012. It featured amazing customization rebuilds of rundown cars handled by Richard Rawlings and his Gas Monkey Garage crew. It took Richard about eight years before Discovery gave them the green light to start filming – he wanted to veer away from the car shows that were full of machismo, which was great, but it mostly catered only to male gearheads, wanting a TV show that enticed the whole family by keeping it more women- and kid-friendly. His idea worked, and the show lasted for 16 seasons from 2012 to 2020, and only ended when Richard didn’t renew his contract with Discovery due to differences of opinion, and he decided to focus more on providing content on his YouTube channel.

How did he end up with the hit reality show?

During the early seasons of “Fast N Loud,” Richard needed help in restoring two Pontiac Firebirds, which Gas Monkey Garage described as their Holy Grail – the garage owner took a risk by investing time and money in accepting the challenge of restoring them with a strict deadline. The two Pontiac Firebirds with serial codes 001 and 002 were quite a handful, given the tough target date that they needed to deliver the finished product. It was through another restoration expert, Dennis Collins of Collins Brothers Jeeps, who recommended Jason to Richard for the work, as he witnessed firsthand Jason’s incredible skills on rare and high-end cars, and knew that he was the perfect extra hand for Gas Monkey Garage’s project. Jason was only supposed to make an appearance for an episode, or until the twin Firebirds restorations were finished, but Richard and the producers were impressed by his work attitude and skills, and he was offered a full-time job as the shop’s foreman, which was an ideal task for him, as he was quite methodical and organized.

Jason Aker’s favorite car restoration project in “Fast N Loud”

After Jason was given the opportunity to tear apart his first Mustang, he quickly fell in love with it, and which extended to all muscle cars manufactured in the ‘60s and ‘70s. His true passion was reserved for all the survival or original cars, but he never had a problem appreciating the newer ones; his main concern was that it was getting harder and harder to find original classic cars, which made him appreciate every time he was given the chance to lay his hands on something rare, and be part of the restoration team. For instance, one of his favorite restoration projects in Gas Monkey Garage was the Twin Firebirds. Some thought it was because of the rarity of the cars, but what made the experience extra special was that he worked with a team that he’d only just met. It was a group of experts hired to do a specific job, and who shared the same passion and dedication that led them to finish the project in less than 90 days. It was apparently an impossible feat, as everyone pointed out, but they were all proved wrong. It wasn’t only a huge deal on his part, but everyone on the team felt a great sense of accomplishment.

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Stayed for six years and a half in the show

It didn’t take long for Jason to adapt to his new environment and the crew. The only complaint that he received was that he looked serious all the time – it seemed to them that he rarely had fun in the shop, which he disputed, saying that he actually had lots of fun watching the other guys’ antics. His biggest challenge was adjusting to the time frame for restoring cars. A Concourse deadline could take several months to a year, which was way different from the time-pressured Gas Monkey Garage builds. He said that there was extreme pressure, and the stress level could easily go up due to the unbelievable deadlines set in “Fast N Loud.”  However, he was up for it, and adjusted his work habits to sync in with the rest of the team. Most of the projects that they did in the show had two to six week deadlines – there was no time to check the smallest details, which he said he badly missed, because it was one of the things that made the restoration process so enjoyable.

No regrets about being part of “Fast N Loud”

When things wrapped up and “Fast N Loud” ended, some people asked if he had any regrets about joining the show, as there were allegations that most of the car build-ups were fake, and the show was rigged as they all followed a script. Most reality TV shows suffered from the same allegations, but the difference in this show was that some of the cars that were supposed to have been sold after an episode was aired, ended up being in the background of some of the scenes in other episodes. Nevertheless, Jason said that he loved being in the show, and that he never regretted his decision in joining the Gas Monkey Garage crew. The only thing that he disliked about the experience was that it took away some of his precious time with his family, as they lived in Oklahoma City and the TV series was filmed in Dallas, Texas.

A new journey with Barrett-Jackson Auctions

Jason Aker said that he had been always fortunate that he met good people in the industry over the years. When “Fast N Loud,” said goodbye on TV, he was offered a job by Craig Jackson, CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auctions.

Head of the restoration division

He said his skills were noticed by Craig through the reality TV show, and when Barrett-Jackson built a new hot rod shop in the corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, Craig immediately thought of him to lead the restoration division. Initially he was hesitant, not because he didn’t like the offer or the company, but because it was a 14-hour drive from his home in Oklahoma – however, it was one opportunity that wasn’t given to everyone. Aside from being able to continue working on classic cars in a top company, and co-ordinating the four Barrett-Jackson auctions annually, he was also given the chance to work on Craig’s personal car collection, so it was quite a thrill for him. As his OCD became even more pronounced as he got older, he worked at it by taking a notebook everywhere he went, and would list his tasks, writing down updates so he and his team wouldn’t get lost, with him having the tendency to jump from one vehicle to another quite quickly.

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Teaching the younger ones

One of the many things Jason enjoyed doing in Barrett-Jackson Auctions was teaching the younger ones about restoring cars, just as his mentors had done with him, and was one of his goals in life. They accepted interns from McPherson College in Kansas during the summer season, in which they offered a Automotive Restoration Technology Program to future car restorers. He believed that the only way for the classic cars to survive and be appreciated by the younger generation was to ensure that the new car restorers were fully equipped with the right skills. If they had a slot open in the company, they hired exceptional people from the program, who spent time as interns in his department.

Established a new business venture

Having worked for Barrett-Jackson these past few years gave him an insight into the business side of car restoration, so honing his skills in handling the financial aspect of projects. This added knowledge led him to work on a new business venture with a new partner, Tommy O’Brien Jr., called Four on the Floor Garage in 2022. This time, Jason was back to his original love, which was restoring classic cars at his own shop, as when he’d started in the industry. The main services that his company offered to its customers were full classic car restoration, and classic car resto-modifications. They also included additional services which couldn’t be found in other shops, such as classic car brokerage, storage and evaluation services. He also planned to do podcasts and interviews about anything and everything about classic car restorations.

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This 2023, many fans wondered why Jason doesn’t have his own YouTube channel from which he could easily provide content about his experience and personal projects – with his popularity and credibility, he would rake in thousands or millions of views. The main reason for it was that it would probably be in conflict with his job at Barrett-Jackson, as the company had already established its own YouTube channel. They recently started uploading a series of videos about the activities of their department, Barrett-Jackson Builds, with Jason as one of its main stars., and pretty comfortable with it, as he had years of experience doing the same thing in “Fast N Loud.”

Jason had always wanted to ‘pay it forward’ and share what he learned over the years. One of his greatest takes from working with a different set of people from various companies was that he gained so much knowledge by listening to others. Building those amazing cars didn’t rely on just one idea or one person, because it would always be a collective effort. No one had a monopoly on great ideas, and so he opened himself to learning from everyone around him, even the younger ones. He had a lot of faith in the new generation of restorers, and most of them only needed a boost in their confidence, just like others did for him 25 years ago.

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The Saddest Stories Ever Featured in Paternity Court

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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.”

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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