‘Doubling Down With the Derricos’ Fans Offer Prayers After GG’s Cancer Returns


  • GG revealed that her lung cancer had returned in the April 26 episode of TLC’s Doubling Down With the Dericcos.
  • The news led Deon and Karen Derrico to put off their plans to move to South Carolina. 
  • Fans of the series offered prayers for GG’s health after the episode aired. 

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On TLC’s Doubling Down With the Derricos, Deon Derrico’s mother GG is the glue that holds the Derrico family together. So when, the family’s matriarch revealed she had cancer, it was a devastating blow to both her son and daughter-in-law. They quickly decided to put their plans to move out of state on hold in light of GG’s health. Meanwhile, fans responded with an outpouring of support on social media after learning of her diagnosis in the show’s April 26 episode. 

GG reveals her lung cancer has returned on ‘Doubling Down With the Derricos’ 

GG has suffered health scares in the past, including an incident that landed her in the hospital earlier this season. But in the latest episode of Doubling Down With the Derricos, she revealed some truly devastating news. 

GG was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014, her son Deon explained. Recently, she learned that the cancer was back. But she waited to tell her family about the cancer’s return. 

“She’s been dealing with this and bottling this up herself over the last several months,” Deon told his wife Karen Derrico. 

Karen and Deon put their plans to move to South Carolina on hold 

Though GG had been keeping her diagnosis quiet, she did decide to tell her granddaughter Darian — one of Karen and Deon’s 14 kids — the truth. 

“The last few months have been kind of grim for me,” she explained to the 16-year-old in an emotional scene. GG went on to say that her health was the real reason she didn’t want to move with her son and daughter-in-law to South Carolina. 

Once she learned of GG’s diagnosis, Karen began to reconsider the family’s plans to move out of state. She and Deon had agreed to spend half the year in South Carolina so they could be closer to Karen’s family. But Karen realized that wasn’t the right choice given her mother-in-law’s situation.  

Staying in Las Vegas is “going to be easier and help all of us sleep better at night,” she said. “It’s a no-brainer.”

At first, that didn’t sit right with GG. She worried Karen would regret putting her dreams on hold to stay close to her mother-in-law. But she came around, and in a confessional interview, she admitted that she was glad she wouldn’t have to be separated from her family. 

‘Doubling Down With the Derricos’ fans react to GG’s news 

GG, wearing a black jacket, in an interview segment from 'Doubling Down With the Derricos'
‘Doubling Down With the Derricos’ | TLC via YouTube

After the episode aired, Doubling Down With the Derricos fans reacted to the news that GG had cancer. Many sent their prayers to GG and the rest of the Derrico family. 

“We are praying for our GiGi!” one fan commented on Karen Derrico’s Instagram

“I am definitely GiGi’s biggest fan…I pray God continues to keep her and cover her from any pain,” another wrote. 

“Yesterday’s episode just brought me to tears,” another fan wrote on Deon Derrico’s Instagram. Cancer is “the worst thing ever, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy,” they added.  

Doubling Down With the Derricos airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.

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