TLC’s ‘Doubling Down With Derricos’ Family Mourns Tragic Death

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Like the Johnstons, TLC’s Doubling Down With The Derricos also ended the year 2022 with a very somber post on many of their profiles mourning a tragic death. Both Karen and Deon Derrico shared two separate posts mourning the passing of the legendary Barbara Walters.

Turns out, the late Barbara Walters also had an eye for talent as she got to know Karen and Deon Derrio before they were part of the TLC family. Karen and Deon recalled in their tribute to the legend that it was none other than Barbara herself that first told them their family was perfect for reality TV and that they would have their own show one day.

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Karen and Deon Derrico/Credit: TLC YouTube

Turns out, the birth of the Derrico quints was featured on The View. So, Karen and Deon got to meet and spend time with Barbara Walters behind the scenes. The entire Derrico family is extremely saddened by the passing of Barbara as she meant a great deal to their family.

TLC’s: Doubling Down With Derricos family mourns tragic death

In their first post, Karen and Deon Derrico shared two photos of Barbara Walters behind-the-scenes with their family. They also shared a photo of a The View star with their family’s name written inside of it.


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The penned in the caption of their first post: “#TheDERRICOs send our deepest condolences to Ms. Barbara Walters, Family and Friends. She was an absolute amazing women and so very kind to both Karen, and I. It was Ms. Walters, that told us that we would have a Reality Television Show!!! We send our love to #TheView and #abc Family and @sherrieshepherd we love you.”

The family wrote in a second Instagram post including a very old clip featuring their segment on The View: “We met Ms. Walters, behind the scenes that day and she was very polite and inspirational she spoke greatness into our future and told both @karenederrico and I that we would have Reality Show!! When I asked her where did that statement come from she replied… “with your beautiful wife and Family, I want to give you guys a show” She welcomed us back anytime but our family continued to grow and we never made it back… I’m saddened to know that, That was our first and last time meeting Queen Barbara Walters!!! Thank you for speaking greatness into our lives!!!”

TLC fans react to these touching tributes

Unlike the 7 Little Johnstons tribute to Barbara Walters, the Doubling Down With The Derricos tribute was met with a great deal more kindness. Overall, fans were in agreement that Sherri Shepherd needed to connect with the Derrico family for an update on how their lives were going today.

Most fans also agreed that they really appreciated how kind and caring Barbara was with this precious family.


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One fan agreed: “What an amazing tribute and Ms. Walter’s highlighted your family with care and grace. That care and grace is been pass to other families through your show.”

Going completely off topics, many fans admitted they were eager to see Doubling Down With The Derricos on television again and begged for an ETA on the next new season.

Allie Johnson


  1. Loved the show about the quints & their family. TLC should get rid of those brainless shows like sister & Darcy etc,

    1. please do? even their commercials are horrible. I would be so embarrassed if I were them to have it shown on TV.

  2. just love doubling down and watching the family on TLC is the best thing that we ever come on we love them 14-15 babies at the Rico’s have and that’s entertaining to us out here and we can’t wait till they come back on we are waiting

    1. I wish this show wasn’t ending I only started watching the show last season and I wish to see them to come for more season’s

  3. Love love Doubling Down with the Derrico’s Their kids are ALL Soooo ADORABLE xoxo Lov their Smiles full of Love xoxo Mommy & Daddy & Gigi you are doing an Amazing Job & soo Blessed with your Beautiful Family xo GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  4. I was so disgusted with TLC and the raunchy shows they started. There’s enough of these kinds of shows on other networks! TLC = the learning channel? What are we learning with the fat people, dating from other countries and hoarding?
    Bring back the wholesome shows for families. Love 7 little Johnsons and doubling down with the Derricos.
    I was getting to the point that I just gave up on TLC. Now I can watch only 2 hours a week.
    Please give your network a lift.

  5. I watched from the start Doubling Down with the Derrico’s. It was a beautiful show until this year when one son asked to go camping and the father replied that “black” people don’t go camping. He just taught his children to be racist. He should have said that “daddy never went camping, but we will try it and have lots of fun. Who knows, we might really like it and go all the time.” Same goes for the Motown commercial. He is teaching his children racism without even knowing that he is doing it. That is so sad, he is doing his children a disservice.

    1. I don’t see racism there; he is telling the truth. There are activates white people would rather not do, nothing wrong with that. Let’s not be so politically correct.

  6. I love the Dericco’s..but was disappointed when the father made the comment that black people don’t go camping.. I have been watching the show from when they first started,and there were a few times I thought it was a little racist. Let’s remember that we are all Americans,different colors but we all bleed red.

  7. Black people do go camping…my brother and his friends go camping all the time. I babysit a couple of kids there family goes camping too.. these people are black it’s just that a lot of blacks haven’t been introduced to it.

  8. I am black, and I love my holidays – hot countries with beaches type holidays. My husband is white, he never suggests camping holidays, because – thankfully it’s just not his thing. My husband’s idea of a good holiday is to head off to a city abroad. He loves showing me the sites he has read up on. To be fair every place we have been to has been educational and interesting, but I can’t wait to go home. The problem for me though, is that I suffer with chronic back pain, and even with lots of medication, all that walking is really painful, it can rain a lot sometimes too. Really, I would say beach holidays every time x

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