Matt Brown: Hiring a Sober Coach After Rehab

Alaskan Bush People star Matt Brown was forced into rehab following a family intervention.

After about 30 days of treatment, he reportedly feels like he has things under control and is ready to leave rehab.

But his family has serious concerns that if he halts treatment now, he could relapse again.

Matt Brown checked into rehab in September. it has now been about a month.

And RadarOnline reports that Matt is itching to leave treatment and return home, believing that he is now well enough to do so.

An insider says that Billy and Ami are talking Matt into “hiring a sober coach to work with him on the outside.

That way, Matt can continue to work on this “after he gets out of rehab.”

“His family has been visiting him,” the source reports.

“And,” the insider reveals. “He is doing great.”

Doing well in rehab does not always translate to having made a full recovery and being ready to go out into the world.

“But,” the source says. “Matt thinks that he is ready to leave after 30 days.”

His family has some serious concerns that he might be jumping the gun a little.

The Browns have their doubts, the insider shares, “and everyone is urging him to stay in.”

“He says that he is almost ready,” the source reveals. “And can handle this on his own now.”

His confidence is certainly encouraging, but sometimes staying with a program for a little longer can do a world of good.

You can love and trust someone while also encouraging them to keep getting help.

“While his father and mother are fully supportive of him,” the insider begins.

The source continues: “they are really hoping that Matt stay focused on his sobriety when he is out of rehab.”

“And,” the insider adds, Billy and Ami hope and pray “that he continues going to meetings.”

The source also says that Mat’s parents would like for Matt to keep up with meetings “and seeing a therapist.”

This is not Matt Brown’s first time in rehab.

After his previous stint getting help with his alcohol consumption in 2016, Matt was very frank with fans.

“I could see myself spiraling,” he told his fans and followers.

“I was more withdrawn,” Matt continued. “I was slower.”

He also shared that “Things did not excite me the way that they used to.”

While a lot of that may sound like depression symptoms, remember that alcohol is an intensely addictive depressant.

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Matt also spoke to People about his decision to again go to rehab.

“I struggle with substance abuse,” Matt said in a straightforward manner.

“And after a year of ups and downs,” Matt continued. “I decided to return to treatment.”

Reports say that it was during the worst moments of his mother’s cancer battle that Matt began drinking again.

“I am really grateful for everyone’s support,” he shared.

“And,” Matt concluded, he has “hope to have my life back on track soon.”

As we reported earlier this month, Alaskan Bush People was renewed for Season 9.

Apparently part of this upcoming season will focus upon Matt’s struggles with alcohol addiction and his journey back to sobriety.

It takes a lot of bravery to admit that you have a problem and to seek help with it.

Good for Matt for not only doing so, but agreeing to share his story with fans and viewers.

He may inspire others to transform their own lives.


Matt Roloff Drops HUGE Hint About Little People, Big World Season 14

We have some good news, Little People, Big World fans:

You may not need to say goodbye to Jeremy and Audrey Roloff after all.

Back in July, of course, the beloved twosome stunned fans of this TLC series by announcing they would not be returning for Season 14.

Jeremy said in his statement that this decision had actually been reached about a year earlier, telling followers on Instagram:

It has been an amazing run, and I can’t say thank you enough to all of you who have watched and supported us along the ride. We have the most loyal fans on TV and we appreciate every one of you.

You are what made doing this so fun.

We will still be supporting the family as they carry the #LPBW torch onward. This is a decision concerning Audrey and me specifically – the show must go on.

And Matt has now confirmed as much: the show WILL be going on.

The patriarch tells Soap Dirt that filming for Season 14 is underway, and that viewers likely have actually NOT seen the last of Jeremy and Audrey.

Cameras were on hand for Matt’s recent birthday party, for example, and these two were in attendance, so… “that’s a little tip for you there,” Matt said.

He explained that Jeremy and Audrey are not on the “filming schedule,” but they are very much around at times and aren’t about to hide from TLC.

“They’ll participate in the family events,” he says simply.

That’s nice to know, isn’t it?

Roloff admitted in this same interview that mentioned that his son and daughter-in-law dropping out of the show was quite a “twist to the whole thing, but TLC decided to go forward.

And why not, he continues?

“They’ve got Zach and Tori, and Amy and myself” as cast members, even noting “Caryn and Chris” in a reference to his girlfriend, Caryn Chandler, and Amy Roloff’s boyfriend, Chris Marek (below).

It sounds as if both will have significant roles on Season 14.

As for when new episodes may air?

Matt doesn’t know.

He says he heard the spring at one point, but it’s possible he and his loved ones may be back on our small screens prior to that.

Either way, they remain a huge part of our lives, frequently sharing photos and messages on social media.

For example, did you see how the Roloff celebrated the start of pumpking season at their farm this week?

Click below to find out!


Megyn Kelly on Matt Lauer: I Know ALL His Skeletons!

Megyn Kelly has made it very clear that she thinks Brett Kavanaugh is innocent.

The embattled Supreme Court nominee has said so himself, after all.

But Matt Lauer, however?


Kelly isn’t about to let her fellow journalist off the hook that easily.

Lauer, of course, was dismissed by NBC close to a year ago after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct were made about him.

The firing was swift and shocking, with executives arriving at their decision not long ater learing of one complaint; telling the public they presumed many more were out there; and letting Lauer go from his post as main Today Show anchor after many years on the job as a result.

Just a few months later, Kelly came on board NBC.

She made the move after a polarizing and popular stint at Fox News and now hosts her very own (low-rated) hour of Today.

So these reporters, both controversial for very different reasons, have been like two ships crossing in the daytime television night. Or something to that effect.

Over the past several weeks, there have been a few frightening rumors about Lauer making a return to TV in some fashion.

According to a previous Page Six reports, Lauer told a few women who recently approached him that he has been busy fathering, but told these fans not to “worry” because he’ll “be back” on the small screen soon.

Does this mean he’s had active discussions with networks?

Does it mean he has a story to tell that will exonerate him from all allegations?

Does it mean that Lauer thinks people simply don’t believe he supposed raped someone?

It’s unclear.

When asked during an interview with Us Weekly if she thought Lauer should come back to the public eye after his fall from grace Kelly said she would not really comment.

But she did add the following:

“I know too much that others don’t know.”

Whoa there.

Interesting, right?

There’s already A LOT that the public either knows or assumes, based on various rumors and articles.

For example: Lauer supposedly made employees feel very uncomfortable by pulling out sex toys in front of them.

He also made unwanted advances toward them.

And he also had an affair with an underling named Addie Zinone, who actually sat down awhile back with Kelly.

When asked if she garnered any backlash for having a woman on her show who had slept with the recently-fired face of NBC daytime, Kelly replied:

“All I’m going to say is that I feel very strongly about the #MeToo coverage, the importance of doing it without fear or favor. I didn’t let anyone stop me at Fox, and I’m not going to let anyone stop me at NBC.”

Kelly, who previously had spoken out about harassment she endured while employed by former Fox boss Roger Ailes, went on to explain that she believes some men who commit sexual misconduct could “potentially” have second chances in the public eye.

She explained her side as follows:

“I feel it’s a case-by-case basis. I don’t think we need to see Harvey Weinstein in polite society ever again, but I don’t think that’s true of everyone. I think, for some of these guys, there’s a way forward.

“I happen to believe it starts with a full-throated apology, and not just this paper statement of, ‘I did some things wrong and I’m sorry.’”

Seems like another shot fired at Lauer, right?

This is what he wrote back in late November:

There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry.

As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC.

Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed.

I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly.

Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I’m committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job.

The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It’s been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love.

I thank them for their patience and grace.


Jacob Roloff: Why He Might NEVER Make Peace With Matt

Last month, Jacob Roloff announced his wedding date. He and his fiancee have been spending a lot of time with his family.

Well, with most of his family. Jacob and his dad are still awkward around each other … when they’re even in the same room.

An inside source has come forward to open up about why Jacob and Matt might never mend their shattered relationship.

RadarOnline has the scoop on why the Little People, Big World patriarch and his youngest son can’t see eye to eye.

“Jacob and his dad,” the insider begins. “They don’t have the best relationship.”

Well, that’s not exactly a huge bombshell.

In fact, it’s kind of an understatement. Things are tense now, but once upon a time, these two were fully estranged.

“I think when his parents divorced,” the source continues. “He put a lot of the blame on his dad.”

“His mom was hurting for a long time,” the insider explains.

Now, she has been able to heal and to move on with her new love.

(She and Chris Marek have been together for two years and counting)

The source continues about Jacob, saying: “and he believes Matt was the sole cause of that.”

This insider believes that, to Jacob, it is “like his dad is the one that blew up the whole family.”

There’s more to it than Jacob seeing his father as the instrument of his family’s disruption.

“I also know that they don’t really see eye to eye on a lot of things,” the source shares.

“And there’s this tension between them,” the insider admits. “But they make it work.”

“They’re both slowly building on their relationship,” the source adds. So that’s progress!

“But,” the insider follows up. “I did know Jacob was very angry when his parents were first going through the divorce.”

Jacob Roloff wrote about his issues with his family in his book, and made it clear that a huge sticking point for him was the reality series.

“The entire concept of reality TV is strange because, as a viewer, you are subscribing to a particular illusion,” Jacob wrote.

This illusion, he explained, is “that you are witnessing and being let in on the secrets of the subjects’ lives.”

Obviously, the cameras aren’t omniscient or hidden, and then there’s planning, producing, and editing. It’s not a documentary, it’s entertainment.

As Jacob says: “In reality you are being shown a shallow character and only what someone else approves of, in relation to narrative and talking points.”

There was a more practical gripe that Jacob had with his folks, and the reality series was involved in that, too.

On Twitter in 2015, he leveled the accusation at his parents.

“Man I wish it didn’t feel like I was getting f–ked out of the money from the show that was my childhood right now,” he wrote.

We can’t claim to know the details of the Roloff family’s financial dealings.

We can say that Jacob was a teenager at the time, and there are few worse experiences than feeling chronically powerless.

Jacob felt that he grew up with few choices — in terms of the reality show, in terms of even his personal beliefs.

Fortunately, he at least remained close from his mother even after he set off away from his family.

On Mother’s Day in 2016, he posted a tribute to Amy.

“I loved the memory of how simple that time was,” Jacob wrote.

“And how us kids would just run around and eat fruit, play soccer, and be outside,” Jacob continued. “it was bliss!”

Jacob is what you would call outdoorsy.

“Even with sibling and parent quarrels, it was all part of it,” Jacob concluded. “I love this picture and I love my mom.”

As we mentioned, though, Matt and Jacob are making it worse.

Jacob has once again been spending time with his family, even though he and Matt aren’t exactly close these days.

Sometimes, people in families do things that are truly unforgivable. These people are toxic, and you cut them out of your life.

But sometimes, resentments formed as personalities clash can be smoothed over with time as both parties grow older and wiser.

Only time will tell if Matt and Jacob can once again become close.


Matt Brown: Forced Into Rehab After Family Intervention

As we reported last week, Alaskan Bush People star Matt Brown entered rehab.

While it was a brave choice to take that step to address his drinking, it was not necessarily his choice. Not his first one, anyway.

Apparently, Matt’s family confronted him with an intervention.

36-year-old Matt Brown has entered a 90-day inpatient stint at rehab.

RadarOnline reports that Matt Brown’s family staged an intervention in order to nudge him along.

“Matt’s decision to enter treatment came after a family intervention,” their inside source reveals.

Sometimes, it takes a little bit of difficult confrontation from loved ones to admit that you have a problem.

In Matt’s case, it reportedly also required an ultimatum.

Apparently, when the Browns spoke to Matt about his drinking, they presented him with a choice.

“Matt was told he could either go and get help,” the insider says.

“Or,” the source continues. “He could face losing his contract with the show.”

He would lose that paycheck, the insider explains, “as well as the support of  his family.”

That might look like a choice on paper, but in real life, that’s no choice at all.

That intervention may have been something that Matt feared for a while.

According to the source, Matt “was desperately attempting to hide his drinking.”

That suggests that he knew that it was a problem, but did not want his loved ones to make a big deal about it or to worry.

They found out about it anyway, the insider says.

That is no real surprise. He was around family, and, well, people are seldom as good at hiding their drinking as people think.

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Matt may be in rehab, but he isn’t cut off from the outside world.

“He has spoken to his brothers,” the insider reveals.

“And,” the source continues, Matt has “told them that he is doing okay.”

Just a few days into a rehab stint, okay is actually pretty good.

“He is very tired and worn down,” the insider shares. “But he will be alright.”

Struggles with drinking and addiction are often heartbreaking.

In many cases, they can be a form of self-medicating.

With Matt Brown, it is no exception.

This drinking was brought about by his mother’s health battle.

Ami Brown’s cancer battle took its toll on her, but also on her entire family.

Matt has been in rehab before, in 2016.

At the time, he and his family had become aware of a “downward spiral.”

Addiction — and the behaviors to which is leads — can be very complicated and difficult to defeat.

When your life receives a new stressor — such as Ami’s lung cancer and a move to another state — it can create a huge setback.

In Matt’s case, that meant a relapse.

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Alaskan Bush People just had its Season 8 finale — so soon after its premiere.

Just before the finale episode, we saw Matt get injured in what Gabe called a worst-case scenario for their family.

That was … a little dramatic. We hope that Matt’s knee has recovered, though.

Right now, we hope that rehab proves effective.

Matt is not the only member of his family who struggles with mental health.


Matt Roloff and Chris Marek: Totally Best Friends Now!

Matt Roloff and Chris Marek apparently have two things in common:

1. Both have seen Amy Roloff naked.

2. Both have broad feelings of respect for the other.

All fans of Little People, Big World were aware of point number-one, of course, as Matt was married to Amy for about 27 years and Marek has been dated her for just over two now.

But point number-two is new and interesting information.

For several months, there’s mostly just been assumed tension between Roloff and Marek, largely based on the simple fact that both have a romantic history with Amy.

Moreover, the pair are forced to see each other often because Amy and Matt still work together on their family farm and still live very close by to one another.

However, Marek just spoke to Radar Online and cleared up all chatter of any real issues between him and his girlfriend’s ex-husband, saying the following to this rival website:

“I think [Amy] is more accepting of us being friends. In fact Matt and I just shared the day yesterday on the farm. Everyone is fine and doing well.”

It wasn’t all that long ago that Amy made it clear how uncomfortable she was with Matt and Marek spending any real time together.

Marek admitted as much in a separate interview with Radar.

“To be honest, Amy was concerned in the beginning about how Matt and I might interact,” he said at the time, pretty much stating the obvious.

Again: Matt and Amy see each other very often.

They are both prominently involved in the lives of their four kids and two grandkids.

It makes perfect sense that Amy would be concerned about Marek interacted with Matt; the same way it would make sense for Matt to be concerned about the way Amy gets along with his serious girlfriend, Caryn Chandler.

She’s pictured here with the reality show star:

As we’ve written for a long time, though, Matt and Amy have handled their divorce and their ongoing friendship as well as could possibly be imagined.

Just over a month ago we stated that the former couple has clearly moved on and asked fans: Why are you still giving them a hard time?!?

Heck, if Marek and Matt can extend an olive branch between themselves, we’re pretty sure people who have never met either should be able to do the same.

The only issue we really care about is which couple will get engaged first:

Marek and Roloff or Roloff and Chandler?

“We are not talking about marriage yet, but everything is going well – very strong, all good,” Chris tells Radar.

He added back in March:

“I’m excited. We had a good year, we’ve done a lot of stuff and hopefully other people will enjoy the adventures we have. It’s been a good year.”

Okay, fine… so he’snow the best spoken person on the planet.

But he makes Amy happy and that’s all that matters to us!


Matt Brown, Alaskan Bush People Star, Checks Into Rehab

Matt Brown has taken the first step in his hopeful path to recovery.

The Alaskan Bush People star has admitted he needs help.

Speaking to People Magazine, the Discovery Channel personality says he is checking into rehab for the second time in order to receive assistance for a dependency on alcohol.

“I struggle with substance abuse, and after a year of ups and downs, I decided to return to treatment,” the oldest Brown son tells the publication in this week’s issue.

He adds:

“I’m really grateful for everyone’s support and hope to have my life back on track soon.”

The reality star first entered a treatment facility of this nature in the spring of 2016.

What made him realize that he had to try again and that he had to turn his life around?

“I could see myself spiraling,” Brown explains, acknowledging that he had been spending more and more time drinking over the previous year.

“I was more withdrawn. I was slower. Things didn’t excite me the way they used to.”

On a recent episode of Alaskan Bush People, Matt got injured while helping to build the family’s new residence.

Overall, meanwhile, the Browns have been through a whole lot over the past two years; most notably, of course, the loved ones have been dealing with matriarch Ami’s very serious lung cancer diagnosis.

It was believeed for awhile that Ami would not survive the Stage 4 illness, but she remains a major part of the series and of the family.

Due to her need for medical care, however, the Browns have left Alaska and settled in rural Washington.

Now, they’ll be without Matt for an unspecified period of time.

(It’s unclear at the moment just where Matt will receive treatment and for how long he will be there.)

“It’s hard not having one of my babies here with us,” says Ami, who is now cancer-free, yet has been informed she should undergo tests every three months for the rest of her life.

“He was so strong for me, and I want to be strong for him,” she adds to People.

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“We miss him terribly, but we’d rather lose him from home for a little while than lose him forever,” dad Billy says.

“We just want him to do what he needs to do to get better.”


We send Matt our very best wishes.

Alaskan Bush People airs Sunday at 9/8c on Discovery.