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A web series called “Vice Grip Garage” became one of the trending reality automotive shows on the social media platform, YouTube, headlined and produced by self-taught mechanic Derek Bieri. It’s steadily attracted a huge following since it was launched in 2018. While this web series featured auto restoration, customization and repair just like those popular auto-related shows on mainstream and cable channels, it focused more on reviving junkyard-abandoned vehicles using regular folk’s budget and innovative means. The garage’s recent move from Minnesota to Tennessee became controversial, and led fans to wonder as to the reason behind the transfer.

Meet Derek Bieri, the creator of “Vice Grip Garage”

Many automotive reality TV shows have a scripted or heavily produced format in which scenarios and interactions may be staged to make things more interesting. However, these planned situations couldn’t be applied to “Vice Grip Garage”, because the channel’s content creator was more of an “as-is, where-is” kind of guy.

Growing up years

The popular YouTuber Derek Bieri was born on 16 May 1984 and grew up on a 1,200-acre dirt farm in the northwest of North Dakota, describing it, which was adjacent to his grandfather’s 2,200-acre farm, as somewhere near the edge of Canada. There were no spare parts stores or even grocery stores or the like in their community back then. He lived in hand-me-downs, and if something broke down, his father, uncles or grandfather would find a way to fix it with their limited resources. They would normally look for parts in the yard stored with 100 years of junk, and cut out whatever part they needed. For instance, there was a Massey Ferguson Combine with a small block Chevy in it, and the engine broke down during harvest time. To make it work again, his father took the engine of a working Chevy pickup truck and made the swap. It didn’t make any sense at all from his perspective as a child. He only realized at that time that their family was living in hard times, and that his father did what he could to harvest the crops so they could pay the bills. After the harvest, the engine would be put back into the pickup truck, so they could use it to go to the town proper.

Learning from his father and grandfather about automotive

Fans of his automotive web series were surprised to learn that in terms of mechanical aptitude, he didn’t go to any school to get a certification, nor did he have the desire to earn one. In an interview, he claimed, ‘It’s just a trait and a skill that I just picked up over the years.’ Apparently, he was quite observant as he watched his father and grandfather when they tinkered with several vehicles, and acquired pretty decent skills doing just that. Learning to adapt to his surroundings and thinking outside the box to find unique ways to make things possible, was what he believed made him what he is today.

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Former jobs before getting into YouTube

Derek had a corporate career before doing “Vice Grip Garage.” He was mostly attending to several companies in which he served in different managerial capacities, such as owner, president, or vice-president. Due to his belief in putting more value on the people working for him, and not on the process or product, he was quite successful as a result – he said that treating people the right way would automatically provide a good outcome.

While he was pretty good at managing businesses, it came to a point that he became tired of scrubbing his nails after his favorite time in the garage, and shaving each morning to look presentable in attending board meetings the next day. He wasn’t happy anymore with what he was doing, so he hung up his suit jacket in exchange for his flannel shirt. That decision brought him so much joy.

The fascinating world of “Vice Grip Garage”

Auto-related reality TV shows have proliferated over the years, and some of them even dominated certain timeslots on cable channels, but no one expected that the genre could also amass loyal viewers on a different platform such as YouTube. Get to know the fascinating world of “Vice Grip Garage.”

Origins of the online series

Back in 2018, Derek Bieri, a self-confessed gearhead who had been tinkering with anything related to vehicles for most of his life, started to wonder if he could share his everyday garage activities with others, similar to those automotive shows he watched online, saying that he had enough knowledge and experience restoring classic cars and customizing them as well. Armed with a broken and old version of the iPhone that he taped to his garage door, he went on to do what he normally did regularly. One of his main reasons for doing the series was to document what he loved doing, share a bit of what he knew, and provide entertainment at the same time.

Making it run again – the recurring theme in the series

One of the things that set Derek’s “Vice Grip Garage” apart from auto restoration TV shows was its distinctive content creation. He made sure that everything he did on his channel wouldn’t compromise the authenticity of his skills and the show in general. It was quite evident on his very first episode entitled “1969 Camaro Z28 First Start in Years – Will it run?”  He was a bit awkward at first and just blurted out whatever he felt, but he was honest about what he thought would work and not work with his project. Other auto-related shows were highly focused on the great “reveal” at the end of an episode, showing the finished product, whereas Derek’s main goal was to make the abandoned vehicle run again with whatever he could use in his garage, including pieces left from classic swap meets. He even placed a disclaimer at the beginning of an episode, part of it reading ‘I’m an idiot. Do what I do at your own risk. Don’t take my advice unless you are really super desperate.’

An old school mechanic with great storytelling talent and a lot of humor

Most of the uploaded videos on his channel showcased the challenges he took on, and the outcome of the restoration process. While he had modern tools to help him revive the car, Derek mostly relied on his incredible instincts or sense just like old-school mechanics. Most of his projects ended with positive results but he wasn’t shy to also share the setbacks that he encountered. One of the main reasons why his YouTube channel grew was his humorous take on each challenge that he bravely or stupidly took on. While he was serious about completing his restorations or repairs, he never let viewers forget that he also did it to entertain people, and get them engaged so that his followers felt that they were part of his journey.

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Top two unforgettable projects and moments in “Vice Grip Garage”

Resuscitating dilapidated wrecks that were long forgotten and buried deep in junkyards lured every obsessed gearhead, not just locally but also internationally. His YouTube channel already had more than 1.5 million subscribers and had garnered close to 400 million views – here are some of the most memorable moments he had in the series:

The challenge: 1968 Buick LeSabre 400

In January 2020, Derek featured a 1968 Buick LeSabre 400 with a hard top he found in a junkyard in western South Dakota. It was originally purchased by his parent’s friends in the late 1960s with a matching order sheet from a car dealership, but had been left untouched for 26 years after they passed away. Derek was pretty excited to take on the challenge of making it run again, and drive it 600 miles or about 900kms to get back home. He said it was powered by the high-performance 350 small block with high compression and a TH400 transmission, three-speed automatic gear box. It even had an eight-track player, which was quite extraordinary at that time. He was surprised that he found everything under the hood, that no one had snatched parts from it. At first glance, most of it was in good condition, considering that it was long forgotten.

Along with one of his sons, Derek cleaned, changed the tires, and made the necessary adjustments by replacing a few parts and loading it with fuel, oil, and water. It took quite some time but he eventually had it running. The real battle was driving it back to his home, which he successfully did despite some minor issues along the way. It took him so long that he was exhausted; it didn’t help that it was getting colder by the time he opened the garage. He said that the time and effort he spent on the Buick was worth it. This episode generated over 11 million views, and was one of the favorites of his loyal following.

The challenge: 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle

After Derek sold a couple of his vintage Chevelles from his collection, he felt that he needed another one. In April 2020, he bought a Chevrolet Chevelle online “sight unseen,” which was generally a bad idea. The Chevy hadn’t run for many years, and hadn’t been registered since 1990. He only saw one picture of it, but it didn’t really matter because he was compelled to have it. After paying for it online, he digitally mapped where it was, about 600 miles away from home somewhere in Indiana. Initially, he gave the car project about an 8% chance of successfully working, but when he lifted the hood and checked out the condition, he lowered it by half.

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After working under the hood for quite some time, replacing some parts and the tires, Derek was successful in making the engine run, but said that the car sounded quite tired. He named the 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu “Independence,” which was highly inspired by the blue and red stripes with the white stars painted the car. The next goal was to bring it back home, which was difficult because the steering wheel had a mind of its own. The worst part was that the longer he drove the car, the smell inside, which was a combination of branding cattle and fresh-cut grass, was getting to him. Also, something was dragging under the car, but he laughingly said that it would rub off.

The whole time he was on the road, he needed to adjust his speed to ensure that he could get home in one piece. His arms were getting tired because of the clunky steering wheel. He only stopped for fuel when he was about 150 miles about 250kms away from home, but there were no major leaks. He eventually reached home without any traffic tickets and breakdowns, but he concluded that the car didn’t have another 30 miles in it, so he had no idea what to do with it. Little did he know at that time that he would use it to join competitions, after rebuilding it.

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Moving from Minnesota to Tennessee

Accepting challenges and working on dilapidated cars made his auto restoration process highly relatable to many regular gearheads, and thus a beloved figure in the automotive world. When he made the bold decision to leave his home in Minnesota and transfer to Tennessee, his loyal following was confused. Speculations surfaced on social media platforms as to the reasons behind it. Aware that people were talking about it, Derek Bieri explained why his family decided to relocate. This was to assure the fans that nothing untoward happened, and that his web series, “Vice Grip Garage,” would continue to air new episodes as usual. The major reasons for the transfer were:

Better for the children

While living in Minnesota was a great experience for the family, his wife, Jessica, shared that they wanted a different environment for their children. She said, ‘We were both raised kind of in a country or farm setting, and we always wanted that for our children.’ Derek also said that it was getting inconvenient for them to simply drive a snowmobile on his property without a neighbor calling the police. He wanted the kids to experience what he and his wife had when they were still living on a farm, such as jumping on a dirt bike whenever they felt like it or just running around freely exploring the area. This was a lifestyle that was perceived as normal in Tennessee.

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Enjoying a better weather

One of the major attractions of Tennessee was the kind of weather it had to offer – they still get to enjoy the four seasons, but the climate was generally mild and pleasantly warm. The better weather gave the auto restorer more options to do his business, as he wouldn’t be hampered by the freezing temperatures while documenting his activities. That way, he could produce more content for the channel.

Boost family savings with lower expenses

Derek discovered that Minnesota and Tennessee not only differed hugely in their weather, but also in living expenses. When it came to paying mortgages and utilities along with insurance and taxes, living in Tennessee meant that his family could save more money. A great burden was lifted from them when they found that the state didn’t charge levy residents income tax. It would be a great help for him since he invested so much in establishing his channel along with producing the kind of content that he preferred; he never cut corners when documenting his auto rescue projects. Its location was more convenient, and this meant driving fewer miles so Derek saved on other expenses such as motels, gasoline, food, and other miscellaneous items.

More time for the family

Most people thought producing content for his channel was easy, as he only worked on the car in a regular environment, not realizing that it was quite time-consuming. The travel alone from one shop to another took so much time away from his family, as it meant that he would be working almost every single day. Moving to Tennessee gave him a better location that proved to be more convenient for his type of work. It meant he would be present for most of their family activities, even the simple ones of just having to watch movies with them. It also gave his children the opportunity to experience more, since being in a central location made going to several events possible than when they were still near the Canadian border, with limited options.

Creating a connection with his audience was what motivated him to continue producing content for his online presence. To this day, Derek Bieri and his family are stunned at the level of inspiration that they gave to normal people, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, he wouldn’t mind losing the popularity and the money he earned from it if it would compromise his time with his family. He wasn’t just raised to appreciate the craftsmanship of the bygone era but also, most importantly, to put so much value in keeping the family together. In fact, his family would still return to their North Dakota property to help when they could every year, with branding the cattle and assisting during harvest season, to continue with the family legacy.

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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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