More often than not, a reality TV series is a win-win business. If the series revolves around an interesting concept, then viewers will be flock to the screen. The stars get famous while also earning a ludicrous sum of money and the producers get their TRP’s. But for all its fans and followers, many feel that reality TV is nothing more than a scripted family drama. Meet Jacob Roloff who is a former reality star who made headlines for his departure from the popular TLC show Little People, Big World. He is also a talented writer, a passionate traveler and a loving husband. He has a unique story to tell, from growing up in the spotlight to finding his own voice and path in life. In this article, we will explore his journey, his achievements and his challenges.
Jacob Roloff is one of the four children of Matt and Amy Roloff. Born on the 17th of January, 1997, Jacob is the youngest child in the Roloff family. Similar to his siblings Zach, Molly, and Jeremy, Jacob spent much of his early life in Oregon. As far as his educational endeavors go, Jacob never finished high school. When he turned 18, Jacob left his family and dropped out of high-school.
Career as a TV Personality
Jacob Roloff started his professional career as a TV personality at the age of nine, when he joined his family on the TLC show Little People, Big World. The show followed the daily lives of his parents, Matthew and Amy Roloff, who have dwarfism, and his three siblings, Zach, Jeremy and Molly Jo. As the youngest and the most outspoken child of the family, Jacob was often seen as rebellious and controversial, who sometimes clashed with his parents and the producers. However, he also gained fame and popularity for his honesty and charisma.
Despite his success on TV, Jacob decided to leave the show in 2019 after 13 years of being on air. He cited creative differences and dissatisfaction with the network as his reasons for quitting. He also claimed that the show manipulated and scripted his family’s reality.
Jacob is not only a TV star, but also an author, a blogger, and a traveler. He has many interests and passions besides being on TV. In 2017, he released his first book, Verbing, which focuses on his growth after being in the public eye for so long. The following year, he published his second book, Out to See, which chronicles his adventures and reflections on life. He is also a content creator on YouTube and posts regular videos of their travels on their channel, Rock & Roloff.
Reason behind Exit from the Show and possible return
When he turned 18, not only did Jacob left his family but he also stopped appearing on the reality TV series altogether. Of all the family members, Jacob has been the most vocal about the tricks producers use to increase their ratings. Talking about those instances, Jacob commented,
‘Producers have to try to get us to follow the talking points. For me, noticing how the agenda of the crew doesn’t work well with the health and happiness of our family is what made me decide quite a while ago that I could not be a part of it as soon as I was able.’
Even though Jacob left his family and the TV series, he stays nearby and is often seen together with his brothers and sister. When asked if he would ever return to do the show once more, Jacob replied,
‘I get comments on here all the time about how people ‘miss me on the show’ or telling me I should ‘do a few more episodes’ with the family; I’m posting this to say that that will never happen.’ In the same post, Zack also mentioned the problems of having a camera follow him ever since he was nine.
Jacob has amassed a net worth of around $300,000 as of 2023. He earned most of his income from appearing in the TLC show Little People, Big World, publishing books like Verbing and Out to See, running a podcast and a blog with his wife Isabel Rock, and his social media platforms, such as Instagram and YouTube.
Back in the day when Jacob was still working on the series, he got into an accident with family friend Mike Detjen. The accidents happened after the family’s trebuchet (used to launch pumpkins as part of the pumpkin season promotion) triggered prematurely. The duo was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where Jacob underwent surgery to relieve swelling. Fortunately for Jacob, he suffered no life-threatening injuries and the accident was not recorded on camera as well.
Jacob is a married man. He tied the knot with Isabel Sofia on the 7th of September 2019. The pair met during their early years and dated for quite a while before deciding to get engaged during Christmas of 2017. They also have two dogs named Luna and Moose. On December 4, 2021, Jacob and Isabel welcomed their first child, a son named Mateo Tomás.
Jacob Roloff has been involved in several controversies and rumors over the years, both related and unrelated to his former reality TV show Little People, Big World. Some of the most notable ones are:
In 2016, he criticized the show for fabricating scenes and misrepresenting his family’s reality. He also accused the producers of trying to manipulate him and his siblings into following certain talking points.
In 2020, he revealed that he was molested by a producer Chris Cardamone when he was a child, after a long grooming process. He said he decided to disclose it to exorcise the traumatic memory and raise awareness about child sexual abuse.
He had family feud with his brother Jeremy and his wife Audrey over their political and social views.
In 2020, he closed his company Rock & Roloff, which he launched with his wife Isabel in 2018. The company offered photography, writing and podcasting services. Some fans speculated that he closed it because he was inheriting the Roloff family farm from his father Matt.
Is Jacob Roloff still married to Isabel Rock?
Does Jacob Roloff have any children?
Yes, one son named Mateo Tomás
Does Jacob Roloff have dwarfism?
Does Jacob Roloff still appear on Little People, Big World?
Does Jacob Roloff work in the hemp industry?
Does Jacob Roloff have any tattoos?
Yes, several on his arms, chest and back
Does Jacob Roloff have any siblings?
Yes, three older siblings: Zach, Jeremy and Molly
Does Jacob Roloff have any pets?
Yes, two dogs named Luna and Moose
Does Jacob Roloff live on the family farm?
Does Jacob Roloff have a podcast?
Yes, Rock & Roloff with his wife Isabel
Does Jacob Roloff have a YouTube channel?
Yes, Jacob & Izzy with his wife Isabel
Does Jacob Roloff have any books?
Yes, two books: Verbing and Out to See
Did Jacob Roloff drop out of high school?
Did Jacob Roloff accuse a producer of molesting him?
Did Jacob Roloff criticize the show for being fake?
Did Jacob Roloff feud with his brother Jeremy over politics?
Did Jacob Roloff propose to his wife in Iceland?
Did Jacob Roloff travel across the country in a van with his wife?
Did Jacob Roloff inherit the family farm from his father Matt?
Did Jacob Roloff close his company Rock & Roloff in 2022?
Is Jacob Roloff an agnostic?
Is Jacob Roloff a liberal and progressive?
Is Jacob Roloff a Capricorn?
Is Jacob Roloff taller than his parents and brother Zach?
Is Jacob Roloff close with his sister-in-law Tori?
Was Jacob Roloff homeschooled?
Was Jacob Roloff born in Oregon?
Was Jacob Roloff fiancée Isabel involved in a car accident in 2018?
Was Jacob Roloff estranged from his family for a while?
Yes (reconciled later)
Was Jacob Roloff the youngest cast member of Little People, Big World?