Monday, September 6, 2010
Matt Roloff interview with The Oregonian about the end of Little People, Big World
How good is your LPBW memory? Can you remember what much discussed subject Matt and Jeremy talked about in this old scene? -- Answer at the bottom :-)
There's a pretty interesting interview with Matt Roloff that he did with The Oregonian regarding Little People, Big World ending.
You can read the full article here:
We'll highlight some of the more interesting points here:
*Matt is asked if he knew TLC would use his collapse as a cliffhanger? If you read carefully, Matt cleverly avoids committing on an answer. The real answer to that question is probably best found on Matt's own website. Back in May, Matt posted on his website (before he got really involved with his Facebook Fan Page. When someone asked him how his health was, Matt answered that he was doing good, but added that the last episode of the season would scare some people....which indicates he obviously knew well in advance that it was going to be used as a cliffhanger and that it would indeed scare his adoring viewers into thinking something terrible had happened to him.
"My health is doing very well... At the moment.. Wait until you see the very last sene in the last episode of this season.. It might scare some of you. But i'm hear to tell you i'm ok.. :) " -- Matt Roloff - May 12th
*Matt says the editors "stacked" the scene of his collapse by using video of him gripping his arm which is unrelated to the vertigo which caused his collapse.
*He says Roloff Farm is not for sale, but adds they talk about selling it from time to time.
*Asked whether the end of the show was TLC's decision or the Roloffs. Matt's answer is that it was their decision in the big scheme of things, but TLC's in the short term. Matt says they wanted to wind the show down and agreed to do a maximum 80 episodes (which would be two more full seasons). TLC then decided to only do the minimum -- 20 episodes ( half of one season).
*Matt says the whole family is ready for the show to end. Amy will miss the crew on a personal level. For Matt, his relationship with the crew is more on a business level, but Amy is more person.
*Matt suggests that Molly is happy that the show is ending because she viewed it as a distraction.
*Jacob is also happy it's ending, according to Matt.
*Jeremy and Matt will miss the show for "ego reasons". Matt and Jeremy love the attention -- according to Matt himself.
*Matt doesn't mention Zach's feelings -- it's no secret that Zach was once strongly opposed to the show, although it's worth noting that was back before Zach was receiving his own paycheck from the show directly to him (same for Jeremy). That didn't happen until Season 5.
*Matt says the family doesn't watch the show, mainly because it's weird to watch yourself on television.
*The best part about the show from Matt's perspective was educating the public about little people and dwarfism.
*The worst part was "naive", "angry" people that call Molly nasty names. I have to say, out of all the Roloffs, as a general rule, Molly has always been the least criticized and most praised Roloff. If he's referring to a frequent poster and a guest reviewer on our site -- while it wouldn't be my style or choice of words, another frequent reader of our site explains the context of the situation here:
*Matt likes other LP shows such as the "Little Couple" and "Little Chocolatiers". It helps normalize LPs and shows that LP do more things than just own a pumpkin farm.
*When asked about future plans, Matt is a little less bold than he was in his original announcement. He mentions that he's working on a book and hosting some animated projects, but cautions that things like that can take years to develop and for people not to expect something else "tomorrow". His primary focus is the farm, speaking engagements, and his accessibility stool business, but he will evaluate other opportunities as they come.
The answer is the famous discussion Matt had with Jeremy about wanting him to consider Wharton