Duncan Bannatyne quits Dragons' Den

Duncan Bannatyne has announced he is to leave 'Dragons' Den' after the next series

Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne

Duncan Bannatyne has quit 'Dragons' Den'.

The 65-year-old health club mogul has announced he is to leave the hit BBC Two programme after 12 series to concentrate on "other business commitments".

He said in a statement: "I have had the time of my life as a Dragon, I have made numerous investments and taken part in a landmark TV programme that has promoted entrepreneurship to an entire generation of Britons.

"However, after the 2014 recordings I do not plan to make any further investments on the programme so I thought it fair to ask producers to offer my seat to somebody else. There are only so many times I can say 'I'm out'."

Duncan will bow out of the show after the upcoming 12th series, which will begin later this month.

He added: "The series that is about to be transmitted is my final season and I'm delighted that it is full of exciting, high quality pitches. I have made a number of investments and it really is must-see business TV."

The businessman's departure leaves Peter Jones as the only original Dragon left on the panel.

Duncan has made an estimated £2 million worth of investments during his time on the show.


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