Personally, I'm not a fan of this style of question/answer session. I consider it a lot like Matt asking himself questions :-) His message board is not that active. They implemented a rule where a person needed to have a certain number of posts to ask questions, so you essentially have the same small group of "boardies" asking questions. For some of the 'harder' questions they seem to take those from other sites and things being said on other venues so Matt can vent about those subjects. Matt then talks to his message board employee, they discuss and the employee/moderator posts.
So you have screened questions, asked by only certain people who Matt approves of and what I think what is the biggest downfall of that format -- the screening and moderating of the answers. As Matt's employee/moderator divulged regarding Matt's answer about Shriner's children hospital:
"Matt and I talked at great lengths about this issue tonight. And there certainly is much more that could have been said. Not just ancient history either. However, I kinda convinced him to leave well enough alone. He certainly has his reasons for feeling the way he does. And, no one can begrudge him his feelings. I just think calmer head will prevail in this situation and told him that he should just leave it at that."
So even with screened and hand-picked questions, you don't even get Matt's original answer. It is 'proof read' essentially and discussed to make sure it won't generate a negative reaction. I would rather hear what a person thinks of a subject themselves instead of having it censored by their employee whose agenda is to make the person look good.
Anyhow, there are some subjects that will be of interest to fans. For a few subjects, we have our own ideas on the answer that I will interject in Bold. We hear from so many different people that it sometimes gives us the ability to answer certain questions and of course, sometimes what we hear differs than the Roloffs own answer. As always, form your own opinions :-)
3. Did they ever find out who vandalized your sign?
Matt's Answer: Not yet. But It’s an open and active case.
4. How did you feel when you heard that Zach and Jacob got into an air gun/BB gun fight and Jacob got shot in the face?
Matt's Answer: Not happy about that at all. We saw that in our screening and were not happy but didn't have any justification to kill those scenes so you got to see something raw even though we didn’t necessarily like what we saw. And the kids got an earful as well.
7. I think a lot of viewers see your kids as leading a very charmed life, i.e., private school, no real "regular" jobs or responsibilities, going on several vacations each year. Many viewers think your kids have grown up with no real work ethic. Would you say this is accurate?
Matt's Answer: I would say they are better than some and worse than others. I didn't always have a good work ethic. Then I would get passionate about something like my software, or later in life, the farm and nothing could stop me. I think my kids have a lot of talent and ability that hasn't come to light quite yet. Yes they are enjoying the fruits of my labor to some degree but it will all work out I’m sure. Jeremy and Zach are already doing more and more around the farm. Zach has a near full time job and Molly is totally running the on-line family store on her own. By most standards, they're doing ok.
We're told Zach's job is the indoor soccer job. Some people would consider it more of a hobby than a job, but it is certainly would qualify as a job -- if he can do something he's passionate about -- soccer of course, more power to him.
10. Are you going to prepare Jacob more than his brothers? Are you going to teach Jacob to be more savvy to public transportation? I found it humorous that 2 19 year olds didn't know how to ride a freakin' bus or freakin’ train.
Matt's Answer: I think that people learn various things at various times in their life. For example, Jeremy was welding at 10 yrs old. Some people learn to use phone books at a young age because that’s important to them. Others learn to drive sophisticated tractor equipment because that's their lifestyle. Our show is about pointing out our weaknesses as much as our strengths.
11. What are Zach and Jeremy majoring in, or have they not decided yet?
Matt's Answer: Right now they are just taking General studies but are working to figure out their future focus.
Some readers of our blog attend PCC and have previously told us of what they heard/know, so take it however you want it.
There were obviously a lot of general pre-requisite courses (the dreaded math classes), but Zach is taking sports management, broadcasting and journalism.
Jeremy is taking photography classes. According to what we were told from PCC students, Jeremy also has taken classes such as Yoga.
12. Matt, how is your health? Are you still taking medication for diabetes? How's the spine? Do you need surgery? Are you using the oxygen at night? Are you eating more healthy these days?
Matt's Answer: My health is pretty good right now. My Diabetes is under control and my blood pressure is great. I'm doing some stretching therapy to help with my back and neck to keep me more limber.
13. Matt, some people are interested in why you and Amy don't seem to wear wedding rings anymore. Do you?
Matt's Answer: I never have worn a ring. It interferes with my crutches and is uncomfortable. Amy recently realized her Diamond was loose and just hasn't gotten to the jeweler to get it tightened. Our normal jeweler changed locations so she's been looking for someone she trusts to fix it. I'll have to bug her about that. Geez, it's been over 6 months.
16. So I'm assuming doing the LPBW show has been a positive experience overall. But, have there been days when you had second thoughts about the exposure it has brought you? Have some members of the family, at times, voiced their displeasure with being involved with it?
Matt's Answer: Yes, there are days that I wonder why we continue to expose our life to so much scrutiny. But then I remember why we decided to do this in the first place and I think about how the benefits far out way the grief. It seems like we all take turns within the family saying "Errrrrr" about something going on that is related to the show.
17. It seemed in the beginning you would always defend Amy when people complained about her house keeping, or lack there of, for example. But now the tides seemed to have turned and people are picking on you instead. So, why doesn't she come to your defense as you've done for her in the past?
Matt's Answer: It does disappoint me sometimes that Amy is not as vocal (both on and off camera) as I tend to be but she is quick to defend the kids and that is what matters.
18. I saw you mention something on your Facebook about us not believing some of the things we see on the show, or something like that. What does that mean? Are you trying to say things are fake and/or made up?
Matt's Answer: Everything is based on perspective. We use the word “stacked”, meaning from time to time scenes from a broad array of context and time are put together in a short span to tell a story. This ‘stacking’ of scenes can often lead to varying points of view. It is used in an effort to tell the story in the most efficient and dramatic fashion possible. It’s all "reality" but can be interrupted differently from the actual circumstances that might lead to different conclusions. I notice many fans are able to see a balanced perspective while some still struggle in one direction or another.
Many examples exist where everything is true and real but the overall tone is slightly off and possibly even misleading. For example – the little story about the locker room that I built for ‘the team”. I built that for more than just the team and that single use. Our 16 plus daily film crew, farm help, office staff and visitors all use these facilities as well. Up until that addition, they had all been sharing a very over used (yuck) little bathroom for several years. It was way past due that the farm has some type of restroom facility to handle our day to day needs.
Using the reason of the team (which is true that was a convenient reason to finally get it done) was a great way to throw me under the bus. LOL Stupid Matt! Isn’t he silly?? Oh, and don’t forget selfish!! This theme of story telling is truthful but doesn’t necessarily put everything into complete context where the viewer has a fair chance at rendering judgment. This is what I like so much about the TV show Marriage Ref. They make humor out of passing judgment with snippets and clips. I like to think Jerry Seinfeld got the idea for that show from our show. lol
19. I couldn’t help but notice that Amy is supporting the Shriner’s hospital in her annual charity golf event. I’ve read your book and was curious on how you feel about Shriner’s today.
Matt's Answer: I don’t agree with Amy on that decision. Being in Shriner’s Hospital for as long as I was during my childhood was a deep, dark and very painful part of my history. At this time, that’s all I'm going to say.
Actually, as noted above, the moderator/employee indicated that Matt did have a lot more to say, but his employee censored what Matt said in order to protect his best interest -- in her opinion. Personally, as I said, I would rather see authentic interview/questions/answer rather than have the subject give their real answer and then discuss it with their employees, who then post a censored version of the real answer.
21. With Amy doing more traveling lately, has she finally allowed a maid service to come and help with the house cleaning? I've noticed the house does look more organized since the home remodel.
Matt's Answer: Yes. After the remodel Amy was traveling so much that I basically insisted we hire a house cleaner. Now I mange the housekeeping. Amy has said 'Hi' to the maid once or twice. lol
23. Do you still have Dudley and the hens, and who collects the eggs and feeds them?
Matt's Answer: Dudley and his hens were attacked by an unknown predator awhile back. We have a lot of coyotes in the area and assume that's what happened. Rocky was asleep in the house and didn't get there in time. We'll be getting more Chickens this year.