In 2006, TLC’s hit show “Little People, Big World” graced the small screen for the very first time. Since then, the show has followed the Roloff family through nine seasons and a lot of drama.
Like any family, both the parents — Zach and Amy — and the kids — Jeremy, Zach, Molly, and Jacob — aren’t always going to see eye to eye.
However, unlike most families, one of their familial disagreements revolved around their own reality TV show, and it eventually led to one of Zach and Amy’s children, 20-year-old Jacob, to becoming an estranged family member.
According to his blog, Rock and Roloff, the youngest Roloff sibling wanted nothing to do with being a part of his family’s show:
I was on camera almost every day for at least 13 years. […] What’s wild to me about kids growing up on TV is that it’s a complete experiment. There’s no precedent or research on the long term effects of such an experiment, yet we keep gambling.
But he also wished his entire family would stop filming, as well, writing:
I posted once that, ‘the family that is filmed is not my family. They are the Roloff Characters.’ People mistook that and said such outrageous things as, ‘So who is your real mom?!’ Obviously what I meant was that the Characters everyone sees on TV are merely the product of a group of folks in LA editing raw footage into a story that sells. Dad: Creative; Mom: Controlling; Zach: Angry; Molly: Smart (okay that one is on point); Jeremy: Adventurous; and Myself: Brat.
Because of his issues with having his family inaccurately portrayed to millions of people, Jacob then became a bit estranged from the family, at least as far as the pubic was concerned.
But on Saturday, family and friends welcomed him with open arms when he arrived at his sister Molly’s wedding.
His brother Jeremy — who, along with his wife, now has a major storyline throughout the show — took to social media to rejoice he and Jacob’s reunion:
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Jacob Roloff everybody. We've been in separate states for a good long while so it's been very nice to get some quality time with him again as he's been helping me a lot on our house renovations. I'm a DIY kinda guy so with a little brother and some YouTube, anything is possible. He's a smart dude with a good heart. My mom calls us the bookends, spend 10 minutes with us and you'll know why.
His caption read, in part:
Jacob Roloff everybody. We’ve been in separate states for a good long while so it’s been very nice to get some quality time with him again…
In addition to attending their 23-year-old sister’s wedding, Jeremey revealed that Jacob is also going to be helping him out in a major way: Home renovations.
But family functions and DIYs aside, Jeremy wrote that their mom refers to them as “the bookends,” and clearly, their brotherly bond is still tight as ever:
He’s a smart dude with a good heart. My mom calls us the bookends, spend 10 minutes with us and you’ll know why.
According to InTouch Weekly, Jacob has been spending more time with his distanced family, though, according to his blog, it’s incredibly unlikely he would ever sign on to film again.
He once wrote that one of the greatest reliefs in his life was when he refused to sign the contract after his 18th birthday.
Despite his feelings toward the show, it’s obvious his family members were overjoyed to have him around again. Although fans might not get to see him much at all, the Roloffs are finally getting to have Jacob around more — and that is enough for them.