Matt Roloff has been doing a lot of interviews recently.
There is an interview with TV Guide. The video is on You Tube. Matt talks about how their entourage of crew members and cameras attract a lot of attention and stares. He describes it as "like herding turtles" :). He also states that in the beginning they were educating about dwarfism, buidling their own family security ($) now they are serving -- Amy's charity foundation and Matt's project with the bikes for LPs. He discusses the unusually long break from filming they just had, how Jacob doesn't know anything else except what life is like with the cameras because they've been around since he was so young. Matt talks about how if he gets into a private conversation, he'll reach back prepared to turn the mic off. The hosts asks about going to the bathroom with the mic on.....Matt always turns his off but says Amy leaves hers on...but the sound guys are really good about it...the hosts suggests that as a special on the dvd, Matt interjects that there are a lot of bloopers (for the record, the DVDs contains no extras, they are exactly what is aired on TV)
Another interview can be found here:
In this one, Matt answers the question about whether the tv show is an accurate portrayal. He states yes, but there is the entertainment component.
He is asked about the commercials that show Matt and Amy fighting and the rumors of divorce. Matt states that "clearly, clearly, clearly commercials are designed, you know we're realistic about all that, and we understand, we have learned that's what the television industry has to do. They have to put in the catchier stuff to bring people into the show."
He talks about how if most married couples have a fight, they have it and it's over. Matt and Amy have it again and again, when it happens, when they review it to see if it's portrayed fairly, when it eventually airs and people react to it.
Matt says sometimes it's good for him to see his behavior and how he should correct it. Without mentioning it by name, he cities the time Jeremy was shown asking Matt to help work on his car and Matt said he was too busy; when he sees that it makes him think "gosh, the next time he knocks on my door, I'm going to try to be more attentive."
He discusses how when they travel, the producers get involved and make the reservations, etc., however he likes that they're good friends with the crew and it's nice to have a friends to travel and socialize with (the crew).
The final interview in this piece (all completely separate of course, we're just passing them along together) can be read here.
Matt discusses his trips to Iraq, about the Salman family and the heartbreaking news about Saja's death.
I think Matt hits the mark when he states: "It (the show) has affected us and it has been positive. People see us as real people. Even people that hate our show and dis on us about keeping a messy house and not raising our children right, and that’s fine, that’s what makes our show popular, to have not polarizing but different opinions about us — I think our show has positively affected society’s view of little people."
He is asked about parenting while raising the kids so publicly. The advantage, according to Matt is that he's able to see things he didn't know about. Such as, he didn't realize Jacob was hanging out on the roof...so he was able to see that and tell him not to do that. Or the producers will tell Matt and Amy what the kids are up to.
Matt states it's harder because he doesn't want to scold the kids (keeping in mind that Jeremy and Zachary will be 20 in a few weeks) on camera. Matt once again, brings up the subject of bloggers. He claims bloggers think all they see is all there is and they don't have a clue that it's more balanced than they're shown...he states that is frustrating for the Roloffs.
Matt talks about the episodes in Europe that LPBW viewers are currently watching. Regarding the angle of "Jeremy and Zach *alone* in Europe with no one but themselves to count on, Matt claims that the producers and crew do not interfere and if they get lost, they get lost.
We at Spiritswander try to share everything with our readers, so we have to share that there are pictures out there that show a different story. While you can make up your own mind whether producers would get involved if Jeremy and Zach got lost - the pictures show what the Roloffs often stress during interviews - that they are great friends with the crew. While viewers see Jeremy and Zach sitting at a table for two, there are a slew of pictures that show in actual fact -- they have a table for 10 - 16 people. Jeremy and Zach eat dinner with the entire crew in restaurants. While viewers see Jeremy and Zach sitting on the train side by side - in actual fact - they sit on different sides of the train sometimes, playing card games, etc, with the crew and their producers - who we can't stress enough - are great friends to all of the Roloffs.
So that part of it is like what Matt was saying in the previous interview - the companionship they have with the crew on their vacations. Personally, I see a little bit of dancing back and forth in Matt's answers -- on on hand the crew are great friends to socialize with (which is true), but then they revert to selling the plot about "Jer and Zach all alone by themselves with no one else to depend on".