Theo Paphitis quits Dragons' Den – Daily TV round-up

Entrepreneur is to concentrate on his business interests after nine series

Theo Paphitis is to leave BBC show 'Dragons' Den'.

The entrepreneur has served on the panel of the business-pitch programme for nine series, first appearing in 2005 following the departure of Yo! Sushi founder Simon Woodroffe.

Dragons... Paphitis (centre) to leave show (Copyright: BBC)

He's now planning to concentrate on his business interests, having recently acquired the homeware and hardware chain Robert Dyas.

“After nine intense and fun packed series working with the BBC and the Dragons' Den team, sadly it's time for me to say for the final time, 'I am out',” he said, employing the show's famous catchphrase.

“This has not been an easy decision or one that I have taken lightly, but with the workload involved in growing my exciting, successful new lingerie brand Boux Avenue both in the UK and internationally, along with my recent purchase of the Robert Dyas retail chain and the running of the 240 Ryman stationery shops, the time felt right to give up my seat, stop breathing fire and allow someone else to enjoy the wonderful experience of being a Dragon on the BBC hit TV show, 'Dragons' Den'.

“So, it just leaves it for me to say thank you to all past and present Dragons, the brilliant production teams that made the show what it is and of course the BBC for allowing me to participate in the first place.

“Thank you Auntie. I am out. P.S: A big 'good luck' to the new Dragons!"

Duncan Bannatyne and Peter Jones remain the longest-serving dragons on the show, having joined from the first series in early 2005.

Paphitis scored the highest ever single investment in series 10 of the show last year, coughing up £250,000 for a 30% share of book, CD and DVD-buying website Zapper.

He also famously slated the children's suitcase firm Trunki, a product which went on to sell well over a million units in 62 countries. [Digital Spy]

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