‘Doubling Down with the Derricos’: Why Deon Derrico’s Past Kept Them Off Reality TV

Doubling Down with the Derricos premieres with Deon Derrico, Karen Derrico, and their supersized family. The North Las Vegas couple are the proud parents of 14 children. However, their claim to fame is they have four sets of multiples born back to back. This first season picks up as Karen carries the couple’s triplets.

People cannot help but wonder what took so long for this family to land a reality television show. Watch the season premiere of Doubling Down with the Derricos tonight at 10 pm on TLC.

Doubling Down with the Derricos: Deon Derrico Criminal Case Halts Reality Dream

Doubling Down with the Derricos star Deon Derrico is a self-employed real estate investor. Living in the greater Las Vegas area makes that kind of house flipping for-profit business rather easy. Fame came knocking at his door in 2013 when he and his wife Karen welcomed their naturally conceived quintuplets. Deon says they had several production companies wanting to give his family a series. But soon, a scandal rocked Deon’s world. So, his family’s reality TV dreams were squashed.

In 2014 the Doubling Down with the Derricos patriarch had, as he says, “a bogus criminal case that came up.” So that put everything planned on hold. The charges stemmed from his dealings in real estate.

Then in April 2018, four long years later, Deon was acquitted of all but two of the fraud charges against him. Finally, in August 2018, the remaining charges were dropped.

All charges were dropped and Deon Derrico was vindicated. TLC vetted the cases and decided (along withe courts) that the charges were baseless because the very next day, a producer reached out to Deon. And that began the process to bring Doubling Down with the Derricos to its current home on the TLC schedule.

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Real Estate Is Still How Deon Supports His Family

Doubling Down with the Derricos celeb Deon Derrico still, to this day, works as an investor. So even after his long uphill legal battle, he continues to support his wife and 14 children flipping homes in Nevada. He’s clearly good at what he does since his income allows Karen to stay home raising their kids.

It’s tight quarters at the Doubling Down with the Derricos house. They currently live in a four-bedroom, 2400 square foot house. In addition to Karen and Deon and their 14 kiddos, Deon’s mom, GG, also lives with them. So their house has bunk beds everywhere and cots in their master suite for these kids who can not find a space in a bed. Yes, this gives new meaning to family closeness. However, Deon says he’s actively looking for a bigger house for his household of 17.

Doubling Down with the Derricos: Karen Derrico Attracted To Fame

Doubling Down with the Derricos mom of 14, Karen Derrico is honest about her reasons for wanting to have a reality show. She openly admits the fame that comes with it is an attraction. However, she says when they first started having multiple births, they didn’t have many resources to turn to for help. Karen says she wants to share what they went through.

Karen wants the world to see how they are able to raise their children and navigate the daily obstacles a family of their size deals with each day. As Karen says, “How do you do it when you have multiples on multiples?” The answer really comes down to strategy and scheduling. The family uses birth order and grouping for almost everything they do from doctors’ appointments, sports, hobbies, and school. With as many kids as Deon Derrico’s family has, it certainly takes a lot of planning to make their everyday lives run like a well-oiled machine.

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