Hilary Devey: I didn't want to be part of Dragons' Den ensemble

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 April 2013
Hilary Devey

Hilary Devey

Hilary Devey quit 'Dragons' Den' because she didn't want to be part of an ensemble and wanted to do her own show 'The Intern'

Hilary Devey quit 'Dragons' Den' because she didn't want to be part of an ensemble.

The businesswoman - who left the BBC Two investment programme to host her own show, 'The Intern' for Channel 4 - has revealed she gave up her seat in the Den after two years because she wanted to be the main star in her own show.

She said: "I left for two reasons, really. I wanted to work on 'The Intern' project and I wanted to present on my own rather than work as part of an ensemble.

"I could still help entrepreneurs with investment because I have got my own investment company, anyway. I didn't need to be on television to do that. I don't do TV for the sake of doing TV."

Despite quitting the show, the 56-year-old star says she misses her fellow Dragons - Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones and Deborah Meaden - but found Duncan scary.

She added to heat magazine: "Ducan's quite grumpy. You never know what mood you're going to catch him in. Deborah is lovely. She's a really nice lady.

"I will miss them, without a doubt - even grumpy Dunc!"

As well as Hilary, veteran Dragon Theo Paphitis announced his departure from the show last month after nine series.

Interior design guru Kelly Hoppen and internet entrepreneur Piers Linney will join the panel for the 11th series later this year.

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