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Social media personality and former technical staff editor of Hot Rod Magazine, Mike Finnegan, gained a sizeable audience through the web series called “Roadkill”, launched by Motor Trend Group. This diverse, informative and fun series was made for gearheads, and it made him one of the most recognized automotive technicians and fabricators on the Internet. The series uploaded on YouTube ended in 2018 but continued in Motor Trend on Demand app, and is accessible on the Discovery Channel streaming platform. He was also involved with other auto-related web series, including some “Roadkill” spin-offs.

Get to know Mike Finnegan

For a person whose popularity started in social media apps, it was refreshing that there was too little information about his private life. Mike Finnegan hailed from Southern California but chose a university in New York to earn a bachelor’s degree in Arts. He went back home after college, and with his passion for the automotive industry, applied to several auto-related magazines. He initially ended up working for Trucking Magazine, saying that he got the job primarily because he drove into the company’s garage in a mini truck that he customized during the interview. His prospective employer was impressed and immediately saw the potential in him. If he could be that innovative, then it would be quite easy for them to show him the ropes in writing articles and taking photos.

After being exposed to the world of magazines, Mike resigned, and bounced from one magazine to another as he developed his brand by learning from his experiences with them until he stumbled on his dream magazine job. It was in Hot Rod Magazine that he put down his roots, and it was David Freiburger who hired him. While he was excited about his new job, he never thought that it was there that he would experience something life-changing.

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His foray into the world of reality web series

Reality television and the Internet have been an integral part of the entertainment culture since the late-20th century. Today, it’s normal for people to share their journey, a house makeover, a dangerous job, or building a machine, by uploading them to a video-sharing platform such as YouTube. It was this scenario for the web series “Roadkill.”

How did “Roadkill” start?

If Mike would be asked about the show’s origins, he humbly would say that it was all due togood  timing and luck. It happened when he was just starting at Hot Rod Magazine, and took a road trip with David Freiburger which they filmed. When they got back, they edited it and uploaded the video online. It attracted viewers little by little, as more gearheads talked about it online. It was then that they decided that they would turn it into a web series with a reality TV format. MotorTrend’s International Bureau Chief, Angus McKenzie, recalled that when YouTube was being launched as a primary platform for online videos, saying ‘I decided that the MotorTrend Channel would be like a proper automotive TV channel, something I’d dreamed about doing for decades.’ He chose not to have any pretty boys as presenters, but to let the staff members who were experts in the automotive industry do their thing. One of the shows that was chosen to be part of the programming was “Roadkill.”

Angus asked David if he could build a show about hot rods, classic American muscle cars, and drag racing, focusing on how-to tutorials that had been the foundation of the Hot Rod Magazine. It was like creating a video version of the magazine, but not filmed inside an auto shop. David had previously filmed and uploaded fun-to-watch auto-related short videos online, and Angus encouraged him to do something close to those videos, seeing that David was quite interested in the idea. Angus also remembered that he saw a special edition of a Hot Rod Magazine that featured rat rods, and pointed out that they could name the show “Roadkill.”

What was Roadkill all about?

The reality web series was about two gearheads, David and Mike, getting extremely adventurous in turning classic hot rods, luxury cars, and other vehicles into something entirely out of this world. It could be about the exterior of the vehicle, putting so much horsepower under the hood, or creating far-fetched scenarios that would truly test the limits of the vehicle. “The Ten: The Enthusiast Network” publisher even commented that it was about ‘guys behaving badly with cars.’ The huge difference from other auto-related shows was that in the craziness of it all, viewers learned something new about cars while having fun watching them. In its first episode alone, the audience already knew that the series was spontaneous and as real as it could get. For instance, Mike threw a dart on a US map to decide where their first adventure would be, which involved buying a car there without going over the budget of $1,500 and driving it back to Los Angeles.

Top four unforgettable moments in “Roadkill”

One of the things that Mike Finnegan was adamant about was the authenticity of “Roadkill.” Jaded TV producers from Discovery Channel were astounded to learn that it was really an all-improvisation show from one episode to another, when they had the chance to be up close and personal after MotorTrend had joined forces with the cable channel. Here are some of the memorable moments in the show:

The Roadkill Project cars in a drag race

To celebrate the web series’ 25th episode, Mike and David chose some of the cars that they’d modified to participate in their own Roadkill Drag Race. They invited a few people from MotorTrend to join in the mayhem. Everything was doing great until the finale, when Mike, who was driving the Crusher Camaro, spun out of control after it hit a dirt patch on the dragstrip. No one was hurt, and Mike with his co-pilot claimed that they had a great time. Apparently, the Crusher Camaro was on 700 horsepower at the time and it didn’t adapt well during abrupt changes in the road. Out of the nine project cars that participated in the race, two failed to finish the race. Failures like these weren’t edited out, and the audience loved it.

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A race car modified into road-course racing

About four years before they filmed the 46th episode of “Roadkill,” Mike and David found a paved-oval stock car racer, which they wanted to use on one of their road trips. However, before the dynamic duo could drive the car out of the garage, they were advised by MotorTrend lawyers not to ever think of doing that, because it didn’t have a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Race cars were built for speed and mainly used for competitions on the oval track; their safety measures weren’t as meticulously placed on them as compared to the way regular vehicles were built, and because of this, those race cars weren’t eligible to licensed for road use. The car went into the warehouse, collecting dust from that day, but had been always in the back of their minds.

David eventually thought of replacing the top part of the tube chassis with a registerable body, such as the 1970 Monte Carlo. They had help from a former staff editor of their magazine, who provided a solution on how to shorten the body to fit the wheelbase of the car. They drove the now modified car they aptly called NASCARlo to the Perris Raceway in California. Everything was going great with David on the helm, until something in the lower right part of the car broke, and threw him backward.

The Stubby Bob, a wheelieing Roadkill legendary monster

“Roadkill” fans fell in love with Stubby Bob, a 1950 Ford F6 2-ton dump-truck chassis cab. When Mike purchased it in the 44th episode, he was quite nervous that David wouldn’t like it but his partner-in-crime absolutely loved it. They immediately shortened the back so they could turn it into a bobber rat rod. They changed many more things in the truck, including the front-mounted Ford Flathead V-8 into a rear-mounted Chevy Big Block V-8 as well as installing a Supercharger and a four-speed automatic transmission. They even used a beer keg as its new gasoline tank. It was funny that the two worked on shortening the back before even testing if the engine was working, as it was towed there by the previous owner. They didn’t make it run during that episode, but the custom fabrication was great.

In the 52nd episode, Stubby Bob made a comeback as David and Mike were highly committed to making it work. With a few modifications, they were successful in moving the trailer hitch up. Initially, it was David who tried it first on the desert road with Mike in the passenger seat – the truck did go up but not that much. The real “wheelieing” was left to Mike, and to make the truck a bit lighter at the front, no one should be in the passenger seat.  David didn’t have a choice but to watch his partner successfully put it up close to 10 feet. They were ecstatic, and Mike said, ‘Victory hurts.’ He placed a stack of plastic bubble wrap to act as a cushion under his bum, but it didn’t help at all. It might be one of their dumbest projects, but they said at that time that they were extremely satisfied, and didn’t think that it would be topped by another car buildup.

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The Madzarati was stolen

Mike was surprised by David with a modified pickup that the latter christened, the “Madzarati.” The previous owner said that he used the truck in drag racing, and that it could run 10s or a quarter mile in 10.9 seconds or less. This was the standard benchmark in modifying cars for drag racing. The two were excited, and immediately drove it around the streets – someone even asked them in traffic if it was legal. They just laughed it off, and were excited to see the flaws of the car during the test drive so they could modify them. They made certain changes to get it race-ready. Initially, they thought they had it going, but in the end, something bad would always crop up; there was one time that they even covered the entire drag strip with oil as it leaked from the truck. While it ‘never failed to fail’ each time they attempted to run 10s, fans loved how Mike and David never gave up. Their last attempt in California ended with a busted half shaft and a broken transmission pan. The worst part was when they left it secured in a trailer at a hotel parking lot – someone stole it when the crew was sleeping.

Mike Finnegan’s dream car project

In “Roadkill,” the dynamic duo had so many fascinating builds, and one of them was Mike Finnegan’s dream car, which he called “Blasphemi.” It was initially just a shell of a 1955 Chevy Bel Air, which he and David purchased for $2,000, and transformed into a Chevy Gasser with a two-lane blacktop. They traveled to Oregon, where they found a tube chassis gasser for the car from Jim Meyer Racing. Mike installed a supercharged Hemi of 528 cubic inches, Fast XFI fuel injection along with a manual transmission and homemade headers. It took them both a year to finish, and the highlight of it all was when they went to participate in the Hot Rod Power Tour and took home more wins than any of their other car projects in the show.

His other automotive reality shows

As “Roadkill” became successful, Motor Trend didn’t want to stop there. Initially, it was David who was given a spin-off series, “Roadkill Garage,” which was co-hosted by other gearheads. Fans thought that something went wrong between the two, but later found out that Mike also hosted another spin-off series called “Faster with Finnegan.” It was launched in January 2020, and he was joined by his other friends, David Newbern and Mike Cotton. It followed the same format as the original series, but this time Mike and his friends would be challenged by transforming regular slow cars, which they usually described as junk, to go faster with a limited budget. Its first episode featured a GMC S15 pickup truck, which they modified with interesting upgrades that made it race-ready for his battle with a professional race car driver, Randy Pobst, who brought his 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 to the race.

With a huge number of viewers at his disposal, Mike also opened up a YouTube channel on which he launched a web series called “Finnegan’s Garage,” which now has almost a million subscribers, and has generated close to 120 million views. His first episode was uploaded in April 2016, and was well received with more than 850,000 views. The series featured everything that he did in his personal time in his garage. He didn’t only work on cars and trucks but also with boats, along with tutorials and tips for those who love to DIY their own automotive issues and upgrades.

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Mike Finnegan 2023 updates

The former auto magazine writer/editor was embroiled in controversy this year, as he reportedly left “Faster with Finnegan.” It was quite intriguing since his name was in the title of the show. The fans immediately speculated that Mike had a falling out with the producers of the show or that he was sick or struggling with a family problem. Gearheads then discussed online all the possible reasons behind it.

Mike, having learned about the controversy, uploaded a video on 23 April 2023 onto his YouTube channel, explaining the reason why he left the show and why it would continue airing new episodes even without him. He said, ‘Long story short, I was burnt out, like pretty bad. I was really stressed out.’ He also shared that it took a toll on his family, as he wasn’t spending much time with them as he wanted. While “Faster with Finnegan” was filmed mostly in his garage at home, it didn’t mean that he was always there. His working schedule was so tight that he would travel to a race at the start of the filming and then by the end of an episode, he would find himself traveling to another race.

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During the car build-up process, it involved too much work that he mostly stayed in the garage instead of being with his family, especially his kids. Mike said that it was getting harder and harder to explain to his 8- and 11-year-old that he couldn’t read them a story at bedtime. Apparently, David Newburn also quit ahead of him because the filming was eating ito his time with his family too. Mike ultimately knew that he had to give up something, and made an assessment that “Faster with Finnegan” was the one that drained his energy and time immensely. While he enjoyed most of the filming, especially the racing part where everyone in the crew was happy, it meant working every single day. The web series continued in March 2023 with the other two guys and Mike’s blessings; there was no bad blood or conflict between them.

Mike chose to continue with just “Roadkill”, as it was easier to film along with his own YouTube series, “Finnegan’s Garage”, but promising that the fans would continue to see him modify, build, and race in the automotive industry.

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

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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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