Kelly Hoppen quits Dragons' Den
- Bang Showbiz
- 24 January 2015
Kelly Hoppen has quit 'Dragons' Den' after two series, citing "a packed schedule and international commitments"
Kelly Hoppen has quit 'Dragons' Den'.
The businesswoman confirmed her departure from the BBC Two show after two series, citing a "packed schedule" as the main reason.
She said: "I've had a brilliant time and made several successful investments.
"However, due to a packed schedule and international commitments... I sadly cannot commit to the filming schedule.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on Dragons' Den and met many inspiring entrepreneurs along my journey. I will continue to work and invest in young entrepreneurs."
Kelly admitted that it was a "privilege" being part of the show, which sees budding businessmen and women pitch their business ideas to a panel of investors.
She added: "It has been a privilege to be part of a programme which champions entrepreneurs.
"I will miss my fellow judges and I'm sure someone amazing will fill my seat...
"I wish everyone on the show the best luck. What's left to say but 'I'm out.'"
Kelly's replacement has yet to be announced and the 55-year-old interior designer will still appear on screen, after the show's mid-series break.
Meanwhile, Duncan Bannatyne also previously announced that he was leaving after this series.
He said at the time: "I do not plan to make any further investments on the programme so thought it fair to offer my seat to someone else."
Peter Jones is now the only remaining Dragon from the original series line-up.