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Where are the “Crocodile Dundee” cast members now?

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The light-hearted action-comedy “Crocodile Dundee” released in 1986, became Australia’s most commercially successful film ever made, and the top-grossing non-American movie at the US box office for a time. There had been talks of a reboot due to a positive response to a Dundee Super Bowl ad for Tourism Australia in 2018. Many remembered how funny the classic movie was, and are curious about what happened to the original cast.

“Crocodile Dundee”

The story was about a weathered crocodile hunter named Michael “Mick” or “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan), who was raised by a local aborigine tribe. He was known for taming wild buffalo just by staring in the eyes, killing venomous snakes with his bare hands, and hunting crocodiles in the wilds of the Australian Outback. He ran a small safari tour business with the motto, “If you don’t go out with us, you probably won’t come back.” Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski), a feature writer from an American daily newspaper, heard about Crocodile Dundee’s legendary exploits and came to meet him. After going on a safari tour with him, she fell for him, and invited him to go to New York City on the pretext of writing a feature story, and there began his adventure on his first trip out of the bush.

The movie’s success at the box office globally was phenomenal, as it raked in more than US$300 million against a budget of less than $A10 million. The main stars, Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski, reprised their roles in the sequels “Crocodile Dundee II” (1988) and “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” (2001). While the sequel was also a worldwide hit, the next one was a flop, receiving unfavorable reviews from critics as it lacked the charm and humor of the original.

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“Crocodile Dundee” Cast – Where are they now?

When a movie was as well-loved as “Crocodile Dundee”, its fans would naturally be curious as to what happened to the cast and where they are now.

Caitlin Clarke

Caitlin Clarke was born Katherine Ann Clarke in 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Yale School of Drama, and went on to have a career as an actress in Regional, Off-Broadway, and Broadway as well as movies and television series. She taught acting in New York City from 1998-1999 as part of a Broadway Theatre Institute initiative. “Crocodile Dundee” was her second film, and she played the role of Simone, the friendly prostitute. None of the other projects she was involved in after that were as successful. However, she was best remembered for her role as Valerian in her debut movie “Dragonslayer” (1981). Her Broadway credits included “Titanic: A New Musical” (1998) as she played the role of Charlotte Drake Cardoza based on a character of one of the first-class passengers who made it onto a lifeboat when the Titanic sank.

In 2000, Caitlin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and went back to Pittsburgh where she taught drama class at the Pitt and at the Rauh Conservatory for young people. She subsequently passed away in 2004, at the age of 52.

Steve Rackman

Steve Rackman had a career in boxing in England before he ventured into professional wrestling with the nickname, “Crusher.” He used to work doors at notorious clubs, and as his big physique was quite impressive, some invited him to join them for wrestling lessons and it went from there. He moved to Australia and joined the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) aired on the Nine Network in the 1970s. One of the most exciting times in his career was wrestling with Andre The Giant inside a steel cage at Melbourne’s Festival Hall, in front of 10,000 spectators. During and after his wrestling days, he had more than 30 advertisements and 40 feature films to his name, oftentimes cast as the ‘bad guy.’ Steve was best known for his role as “Donk” in the “Crocodile Dundee” film series. His agent told him to send a tape of the ‘ugliest, loud-mouthed, mongrel-looking wrestler’ to audition for the character, and before he knew it, he was in all three movies.

As Steve stepped away from the entertainment industry, he opened fitness gyms in Australia with professional wrestler bodybuilder Paul Graham and his wife Carole. He met the former back in 1973 during a WCW taping at Channel 9 Studios. Reportedly, he sold the gyms in 2010 before he retired.

Reginald VelJohnson

Reginald VelJohnson was born in 1952, in Queens, New York City. He had always been a creative person and believed that he was born to act. At age 10, upon seeing Robert Duvall portray the role of the strange and recluse neighbor, Arthur “Boo” Radley, in “To Kill A Mockingbird,” he knew he could do it too. He graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre. He might have played the lovable limousine driver named Gus in “Crocodile Dundee,” but he was mostly known for playing a police officer. His big break came when he was cast as Sgt. Al Powell in “Die Hard” (1988) followed by Det. David Sutton in “Turner & Hooch” (1989), and Carl Otis Winslow in “Family Matters” (1989-1998).

He remained active in the industry as he continued in movies and on TV. The veteran actor preferred to keep his personal life private; however, as he never married nor had any kids, there were rumors that he was gay and was linked to actor James Avery. Darius McCrary, who played the role of his son in the popular ABC sitcom, was perplexed when asked about the rumors and said, ‘Why is it even a question, I mean, with any artists, what does their sexuality have to do with them entertaining you then performing for you?’

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Reginald was once a victim of a death hoax in 2017. A website called Headlinen News reported that he’d died of a heart attack at the age of 64, but what was believed to be his Twitter account was quick to debunk that rumor. On the About page of the controversial site, it claimed to be a satire site that used real people to create funny stories.

Mark Blum

Mark Blum was born in 1950 in Newark, New Jersey. He began acting in theatre in the 1970s, and in the late 1980s, he received an Obie Award for his portrayal of the character Al in Albert Innaurato’s play “Gus and Al.” His Broadway credits included “Lost in Yonkers,” “The Best Man,” and “The Assembled Parties.” His breakout role in movies was “Desperately Seeking Susan” (1985) as Gary Glass. After playing the role of Richard Mason, the editor of the newspaper and egotistical boyfriend of Sue, in “Crocodile Dundee,” he went on to star in numerous films and hit series. He served as a board member of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) from 2007 to 2013.

The stalwart actor passed away at the age of 69 in 2020 at the New York–Presbyterian Hospital, due to complications of the Covid-19 virus He’s survived by his wife of 15 years, actress Janet Zarish.

David Gulpilil

The Australian actor was one of the Yolngu people, an Aboriginal clan who inhabited the north-eastern Arnhem Land. He had a traditional upbringing, and didn’t see white people until he was eight. At 16, David was cast by a British filmmaker for the adventure-survival movie, “Walkabout” (1971), due to his tribal dance skills. His role was that of an Aborigine, which was said to be groundbreaking because such a character in Australia was usually played by a white actor in blackface. He’d already appeared in several documentaries, movies, and dramas before he was tapped to play the comic role of Neville “Nev” Bell in “Crocodile Dundee.”

His charisma on-screen as well as his dancing and acting skills resulted in an illustrious career. He won the Best Actor in a Leading Role award twice from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award (AACTA) for “The Tracker” (2002) and “Charlie’s Country” (2014); he also won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for the latter.

David was introduced to grog, Australian slang for alcoholic, on the set of “Walkabout,” and before long suffered from alcoholism, which later led to a lot of troubles. He was charged in 2006 with ‘carrying an offensive weapon without a lawful excuse’ after an altercation with a friend over his drinking, but was cleared, as the machete in question was said to be used for ceremonial purposes and not intended as a weapon. In 2007, he was accused of ‘bashing’ his wife, Miriam Ashley, and the magistrate in Darwin imposed a 12-month domestic violence order on David. In 2011, he was sentenced to one-year imprisonment for aggravated assault; the previous year, he’d threw a broom at his wife and broke her arm. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017 and died at the age of 68 in 2021.

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John Meillon

John Meillon was born in 1934 in Mosman, Sydney New South Wales. He started acting at the age of 11, and by the time he was 16, he was part of a Shakespeare touring company. His work in theatre was quite extensive, and during the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 1979, he was appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his service. His portrayal of a father whose son was dying of leukemia in “The Fourth Wish” earned him an award for Best Actor in a Leading Role from the AACTA in 1976.

The character actor was 55 when he passed away in 1989 from cirrhosis of the liver; his body was discovered in his Neutral Bay home by a friend of his. It appeared that his health had deteriorated over the past year, and he’d become ‘quiet and introspective.’ He was widely known for his role as Walter “Wal” Reilly in “Crocodile Dundee” and its sequel, which turned out to be his last project. He was presented the Raymond Longford Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously by the AACTA. John was cremated, and many of his colleagues came to pay their last respects. During the service, his son from his first marriage said, ‘There is no difference having a famous father or an ordinary father. He would never look at it as being anything else than a good father to me.’

Linda Kozlowski

Linda Kozlowski was born in 1958, in Fairfield, Connecticut. She studied acting at the Juilliard School’s Drama Division and graduated in 1981. She made her debut on stage in an Off-Broadway production of “How It All Began” (1981-82). Linda was part of the “Death of A Salesman” on Broadway, and in the 1985 movie version as she played the role of Miss Forsythe. Her biggest break that gave her worldwide recognition was being cast as the female lead, the feisty reporter Sue Charlton in “Crocodile Dundee.” Linda shared that she was overlooked by the casting agents until they got a call from her co-star in “Death of A Salesman” Dustin Hoffman. He told them that she was a ‘terrific actress’ but wasn’t good at auditions. It turned out to be true as her performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture.

It was a case of life imitating art, as Linda fell for Paul Hogan on the set as she reprised her role in the sequel of “Crocodile Dundee.” Their affair caused a public outcry, and she knew that people were saying that he was happily married with five kids until a ‘Hollywood bimbo’ came along. First off, she wanted to correct the notion that she was a bimbo, saying that she was college educated. Also, she said that what happened was far from reality, insinuating that Paul’s marriage to his first wife, Noeleen Edwards, wasn’t what it seemed. Apparently, he and Noeleen divorced in 1981 but reconciled and remarried the following year. Paul and Linda tied the knot in 1990, and they moved to California.

As for Linda’s acting career, her last movie was “Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles” (2001); it was said that she quit acting to focus on being a mother. In an interview with Herald Journal, she revealed that she was miserable in the projects she had been getting of late, and called them ‘schlocky’ films. Also, with her biological clock ticking as she was turning 40, it seemed like the perfect time to have a child; their son was named Chance. However, the couple divorced in 2014. At age 64, Linda was reportedly in a relationship with a Moroccan tour guide named Moulay Hafid Baba.

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Paul Hogan

Paul Hogan was widely regarded as the quintessential Australian, more so when he played the role of Michael “Mick” J. Dundee in “Crocodile Dundee.” He was well-loved by many at least until people learned that he left his wife of 30 years for his much younger co-star, Linda Kozlowski, after the sequel aired. He admitted to being taken aback by the ferocity of the press in covering the story, and the reaction of the public. Paul resented the implication that he abandoned his five children. He said that at that time, they were all grown up except for the youngest, who was 14 – Paul was only 19 when his first child was born. His oldest son said that his father assured him back then that his mother would be taken care of, and that she need not look for a job.

With Linda being branded as ‘the scarlet woman’ or ‘a homewrecker,’ it made life in Australia very uncomfortable for her, so the couple moved to Los Angeles. What he enjoyed most in living there was his anonymity; no one recognized him when he wore sunglasses or a cap, and he considered it a luxury.

In 2005, news came out that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) began an investigation on Paul for tax evasion and fraud pertaining to his “Crocodile Dundee” franchise – it was alleged that he owed ATO millions of dollars of unpaid taxes. After an eight-year-long tax dispute, Paul and the ATO reached a settlement on a ‘without admission’ basis. He was never charged for tax evasion for lack of evidence, but it stained his reputation, so he remained angry about it and had never got it out of his system.

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He is currently single. His marriage to Linda ended in divorce after 23 years, and he said, ‘It was a great example of opposites attract, and then one day, they’re just opposites…We never had any bitterness or fighting, never anything like that. Just sort of wore out, and we moved on.’ Paul had custody of his son when they separated. In his 2019 interview, he said that what kept him in America despite his longing to return to Australia was that his son was still not ready for him to leave.

Recently, Paul, in his early 80s, was photographed outside his home holding a red marker beside a note that read, ‘THIS IS MY HOME NOT YOURS.’ This was reportedly aimed at homeless people who camped outside his house in Venice Beach. He noticed the note but denied leaving it and said via his representative that what he did was wrote down instructions for his electrician. Paul said he had great empathy for the homeless, and would never disrespect anyone in such a way especially the most vulnerable.

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.

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“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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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.

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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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