Corcoran: Producers afraid more women equal fights
- Last Updated: 10:41 AM, July 16, 2012
- Posted: 10:11 PM, July 15, 2012
Barbara Corcoran wants equality in the “Shark Tank.”
For three seasons, the millionaire real-estate mogul been the only woman on a panel of five venture capitalists fielding pitches from entrepreneurs on ABC’s business-reality series.
Now, she says, it’s time to break up the boys club.
“I would love to have another woman on the set,” Corcoran, 63, tells The Post. “It would be very interesting TV. But I don’t think that is going to happen.
“The theory is, according to the producers I believe, that the women would argue with one another and fight.”
Corcoran — a former school teacher — calls that idea “old-fashioned” and believes the show could benefit from more of a woman’s touch.
“I think it would be phenomenal — the girls against the boys,” she says. “I think it is needed. It is modern. Women work together very differently than men do.
“They don’t compete as vehemently as the men do to be heard.”
For Season 4 — which began filming in last week in LA — producers have added a new female shark.
But QVC personality Lori Greiner, who appeared as a guest last season, won’t get to share the screen with Barbara.
“Half the time one woman is in the seat, half the time the other woman is,” Corcoran confirms.
“Shark Tank” is based on a popular UK series called “Dragons’ Den,” which began in Japan and is now airing in 35 different countries.
On every version, the male investors outnumber the women.
“What ends us happening when you have two women is . . . it is a very tough room,” executive producer Clay Newbill says.
“You have a lot of people with very strong egos. It’s unpredictable.You you don’t know if they are going to team up together or fight against each other.”
But we may soon find out.
“In the past, we have swapped around both the men and women to shake up the chemistry on the panel in order to offer a variety of business expertise to our entrepreneurs,” Newbill says.
“When looking at the dynamic between the Sharks, we decided splitting the episodes between the two women was the best idea.
“However, we are now considering having both Barbara and Lori together on the panel.”