Kelly Hoppen MBE to quit Dragons’ Den after two series in BBC show

Design entrepreneur follows Duncan Bannatyne’s lead and says schedule is “too busy” to commit time to filming

Kelly Hoppen MBE has announced that she is to exit Dragons’ Den after filming just two series of the BBC2 show; ahead of the series return this Sunday.

The interior design entrepreneur joined the show in series 11 and backed investments in several start-ups including loose leaf tea start-up PHOM Teas and wipe-clean children’s shoe company Skribbies.

She has said that her schedule is too busy to commit time to filming the programme, particularly as she now plans to launch a new business designing film sets, but intends to “continue to work and invest in young entrepreneurs”.

The news follows Duncan Bannatyne’s announcement last year that the current series will be his last and sets doubts over the future of the entrepreneurial programme given that Peter Jones will be the only original angel investor from the series one line-up.

Hoppen will be appearing in the final six episodes of Series 12 which will air from Sunday 25 January and you will be able to read updates on the best and worst pitches of each episode here.

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