‘Little People, Big World’ Stars Matt and Amy Roloff Separate, TLC to Air Special (Video)

The one-hour program will air on March 25

TLC's “Little Couple, Big World” stars Matt and Amy Roloff have announced a trial separation, which will be documented in a special, titled “New Year, Big Changes,” airing on Tuesday, March 25 at 9/8c.

Fans of the series may have expected this outcome, as the couple's 26-year marriage has shown some cracks over the seasons — from sharing different life goals to dealing with empty nest syndrome on the most recent season of the show.

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Matt and Amy released the following statement:

Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation. Matt remains living on the farm in our guesthouse and we work together everyday on the farm, on our business endeavors and most importantly, raising our amazing children.

We sincerely appreciate the unwavering support, understanding and prayers from our family, friends and many fans. May God Bless you.

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Filmed over the final weeks of 2013, the special finds the couple dealing with a new arrangement as a result of the separation. As revealed in the above statement, Matt has moved out of the main house and into a guest house on their Oregon farm. The couple will contemplate the repercussions of the trial separation on their marriage and whether or not it was a good idea.

Meanwhile, they still want to make New Years a great time for the kids. So, they continue planning for a big party with family and friends.

Produced by Gay Rosenthal Productions, “Little People, Big World” debuted on TLC in 2006.

Watch a preview of the special above.

  • Carei Ryan Powell

    It looks like they've been separated since before CHRISTmas… It was overdue. They will both be happier with some space between them you can see that. Maybe it won't be permanent and they can work things out apart. <3

    • commentingguest

      Maybe they cna wife swap with the Little Couple.

  • onesoldiersmom

    Moving into a guest house and continuing to work on the farm and plan family parties, hardly sounds like a separation.

  • Yolie

    Amy should be the one living in the bridal house she is to damn bossy and her kids as well herself are a bunch of lazy pigs!!!

    • Tiffany Crawshaw Fredriksen

      Are u watching the same show as everyone else?? He is the bossy one…wants things only his way or he has a tantrum.. Amy is the one that cooks cleans the house and works…I see Matt drive his toys or in his office doing nothing oh ya and a lot of times he sits on his stool in the kitchen while amy is working all around him as he does nothing.

      • Tinkerbell

        What do you expect Matt to do? He's on crutches for Pete's sake! What's criminal IMO is a man who sits and watches his wife/girlfriend do all the work in the kitchen and does nothing to help her…and he's not handicapped!!!! There's a lot of that going around these days!!!

        • commentingguest

          Tinkerbell strikes 1,000! My ex was exactly as you described:
          100% full bodied, Masters Degree, but refused to work. I was the breadwinner of the marriage, even during my pregnancy.
          Because it was a community property state, he got 1/2 tho he never contributed. It could have been worse as I left after 3 years & assets were at a minimum. After that, all i attracted were financially needy men, so I quit the dating scene, focused on a career, retired on a buyout with 2 much deserved pensions.

          When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

    • Harry

      You have to be kidding. Matt would be one of the most SELFISH people on this earth. Never helped with the children nor the home. All he did is keep spending money on his STUPID ideas. SPEND, SPEND, SPEND was his whole life.

      • marcymrp

        Well, he IS the one who make the money! They're BOTH control freaks and would probably be better off “managing” their own little corner of the world.

  • Deb Troyer Callahan

    It's always sad when a long term relationship ends but they need to be happy and they have not been happy for awhile … Go and be happy Amy and Matt even if it's separately.

  • Doreen Velez

    This is my opinion only, but it's always the people that have so much to be grateful for the life that God has given them…that they are the most unhappy,,shame on the Roloff's look what God has provide for you and your still unhappy , miserable people!
    I hope you realize this before it's to late!

    • NanaToCam

      So true….as a Christian couple… I find it very sad that they don't exemplify what a marriage should look like according to God's Word! Where's the love, patience, kindness, understanding? Why must they be so quick to find fault with each other! They need to look inward…they have much work to do on themselves as individuals! Me…me…me…..come on you two…make it more about others! So dissappointing, especially since they have such a great forum to influence others on what a truly caring, compassionate, unselfish relationship should look like!

    • Mrsp

      Doreen I agree 100%. Over the years I have learned to really love that family. I don't believe I will ever let myself get so attached to people I really don't know again. I loved watching the kids grow. what I didn't like was Amy always complaining. They should all be thankful what God has given them. I wonder what the farm would look like if not for TLC?

  • Judy

    I pray that the separation gives them the space they need to focus and reunite.

  • Karen

    I have watched them from the very first show on out, and I have seen it is as usual a two sided event. What I have witnessed through the cameras is a lack of respect with both parties. I hope they can find a peace and resolution, both are always irritated with each other, they need to regroup, find good counsel and remember why they loved each other. A change of focus instead of letting the kids be the bond and reason.
    Easily done in any household, the grass is always greener. But it really isn't.

    • Sue

      Matt seems manic depressive. Amy has admitted many times that she never thought she'd get married and have babies merely because she was a little person. She took the first person who came along. They both should have been old enough to get to know each other better before tying the knot (around / over 26), but they have both admitted to a very short courtship. And therein lies the rub.

      • Sue

        Short, and long distance, if memory serves.

  • To much of the Roloffs

    For those saying that Matt makes the money your very foolish!
    For one farmers don't make much he put them in the hole with his dreams!
    For two Amy was not a stay at home Mom!
    And three they wouldn't have what they have if it wasn't for the show! TLC has bailed them out of money troubles and has paid for all those lavish vacations! Each time the kids are in a scene they also get paid!
    When the show first aired I loved it now it's like let's do another one so we can get more money it's getting sickening!