There is a very interesting and refreshing new interview with Amy Roloff that can be found on this site:
As long time fans and followers of the Roloffs know all too well, interviews with the Roloffs often don't pan out (many times, through no fault of the Roloffs). Often time it fails to provide any new or insightful information. The majority of interviews the Roloffs have done with more mainstream media outlets and blogs and websites that focus on a particular subject (such as parenting) are often disappointing because the interviewer(s) barely are aware of the basics about the Roloffs, often needing to ask Matt or Amy *if* they live on a farm or how many kids they have and how many have dwarfism. Other times, Matt Roloff engineers his own interviews where he selects and hand picks what questions he wants to answer. On other occasions, Matt's staff has censored and edited his answers when they felt Matt might be getting himself into trouble by having too strong of an opinion on certain subjects (Shriners).
So there is a very refreshing interview and subsequent article about a person's interview with Amy Roloff. Unlike a lot of Roloff interviews, she does know a thing or two about the Roloffs and knows the history of what the Roloffs have said in the past. She also interviewed Matt several months ago http://www.xoxojes.com/2010/04/chat-with-matt-roloff-farm-kids-and-all.html and has some interesting personal observations on the differences between Matt's answers and Amy's. Her interview with Matt was actually the interview that Matt talked about how there was no end in sight for the show and suggested that the LPBW cameras would follow Jeremy and Zach to a 4 year college.
In addition to asking about the much rumored divorce talk, perhaps the most interesting part of this is that she confronts Amy about what Matt has said in the past. It's interesting to hear Amy explain what Matt does.
"When I talked to Matt 5 months ago he said there was no way that the show was ending even though I pointed out that his two oldest were going to be heading off into the world "Matt is very optimistic and likes to allude that optimism in things" said Amy in response to me telling her about Matt and my conversation. Amy said that her two oldest boys heading out was definitely a deciding factor into them cancelling the show. "It wasn't a shock for the family. Our family dynamics are changing...""
She also was asked about the spin-offs that Matt was hinting about. Amy pretty much confirms what we reported that we were told from industry and TLC insiders about that. It was TLC's decision to cancel the show and there is no spin-off lined up.
"She said that TLC had approached them with the idea of Season 6 being their last and they thought it was a good idea...There were also some rumours going around that there was going to be some kind of spin off show. "I think that Matt may have touted some of that. And then it went all berserk on the internet. You know, if there is a spin off show I am unaware of it." said Amy. So basically....Matt hopes that there will be a spin off show, but there isn't one. Sorry fans."
She touches on the issue of the Roloffs selling the farm, which is a subject that seems to be popping up more and more:
"Also, for all of you like myself that have the Roloff farm on your bucket list, they don't see the farm shutting down any time soon. "We have had the farm long before TV came along...I am sure we will keep the farm a little bit longer, at least until Jacob is up and grown..." said Amy."
She asked Amy what the kids feel about the show ending:
"I asked her how the ending of the show was going to effect her kids. The vibe I got from her was the two oldest boys were pretty much done with the whole thing, Molly (who is kind of mute on the show) had no real opinions and Jake, well she says Jake "he is definitely my teenager, he is not my most talkative child. He doesn't necessary express himself." Is someone turning emo? I am just going to throw it out there that the older boys are probably pumped beyond reason that their dad's plan of having TV cameras follow them to college didn't come to reality. As I said, some things should be experienced off camera."
Personally, I have to disagree a little bit about Jeremy and Zach's feelings. I think the fact that they now get paid directly themselves (it didn't happen until Season 5, though) and not just into the family corporation, changes their thoughts on doing the show.
And then the much inquired divorce issue:
"Are you and Matt heading down the road for divorce:
"Matt and I are not going through anything that is so unique and so different from any other couple at this stage in their life. As they find their kids getting older, stretching their wings, moving out, thinking about college, and all this other stuff that you finally look at each other and think, Who are you? I don't really like what you're doing now. I mean we are going through growing pains, Matt and I, and we're trying to figure that out. But I'm sure we'll be fine. We don't have plans of doing any of that, divorce or whatever, but um, we're working it out and I think things will be good." said Amy.
And the interviewer's final thoughts after interviewing both Matt and Amy:
"I really enjoyed talking with Amy. That woman cuts to the chase, no bullshit. Matt presented everything to me wrapped in cotton candy and gum drops, but Amy was definitely for real. If I was to ask Matt the divorce question he probably would have said something like, "We are renewing our vows next month.""
Follow the link before to read the full article and interview with Amy. It's definitely worth a read: