ABC’s hit present Shark Tank is nicely into its 11th season with a following of followers within the tens of millions. The fundamental panel of rich traders – Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary – have added ‘celebrity’ to their credit score as a result of program’s mammoth reputation.
With the success story every shark brings to the present, it’s laborious to fathom that one among them was fired by a member of the notorious Kardashian household.
Fashion icon to actuality star
FUBU founder Daymond John was one of many first millionaire entrepreneurs on the listing to be recruited for Shark Tank. John was skeptical of the premise at first and needed to know who else could be sitting on the panel.
“I believe it was our executive producer, Clint Newbill. He said they were calling from Mark Burnett’s office,” John advised Innovation & Tech Today final 12 months. “We obtained on a Skype name in our convention room, and it was the producers of Shark Tank on one facet and myself and three of my executives on the opposite. They advised me in regards to the present’s concept. I requested, ‘Who else is going to be on the show?’ they usually mentioned, ‘Well, you know, we can’t take everyone, however one among them is Mark Cuban.’ I nearly fell out of my chair laughing. ‘I can’t imagine you Hollywood guys,’ I advised them.”
Though the style guru was hesitant to dip his toe within the tank after listening to he must pay for his personal flight to be interviewed, he finally relented as a result of massive names backing the present. “First of all, it was Mark Burnett. Second, it was shot by Sony and ABC. The brands don’t get any bigger than that,” John mentioned. “I had to go to L.A. anyway, so we shot the pilot, and the pilot got picked up right away.”
Clothing the Kardashians
When the now notorious actuality present Keeping Up With The Kardashians premiered on E! in 2007, John was introduced on the workforce to handle product placement on the present, in response to CNBC. The FUBU founder was liable for choosing manufacturers for the Kardashian household to put on or speak about on the air to present these manufacturers publicity and publicity.
At the time, the Kardashians had been simply beginning out as entrepreneurs within the vogue area and weren’t but a family identify, so not many manufacturers had been on board. “Nobody would do it; they didn’t believe in these girls,” the Shark Tank star revealed, including that he would steadily must pay for his personal manufacturers, akin to FUBU or Coogi, to be featured on the present since no different firms had been keen to take the chance.
Part of the fact gig included John making some appearances on the present, but a battle arose when Shark Tank got here calling.
Had to ‘keep up’ or swim
The ABC actuality present began growth across the time of the nation’s recession, the place John noticed an excellent funding alternative. “I had 10 clothing companies, eight of them weren’t doing well because nobody’s buying clothing; they can’t pay the mortgage,” John mentioned in 2016. “So, I said to myself, ‘I’m only getting pitched clothing companies. I need to get pitched other things.’”
Yet attributable to his involvement with Keeping Up With The Kardashians on E!, ABC advised John he had to decide on between networks. “ABC said, ‘You can’t do any other show but ours,’” he shared.
Khloé Kardashian caught wind of the glitch and needed to assist John out. “She basically fired me from the show,” the FUBU creator revealed, saying she let him go so he could be free to affix Shark Tank. “She said she would never get in my way.”
Both Shark Tank and KUWTK have gone on to large success, and John nonetheless has a strong relationship with the Kardashians. “You always had the respect from me and you always had the ability to see things others couldn’t!” Khloé tweeted to John after he shared the story of their working relationship. “Now… everyone sees keep on shining only love over here.”
To this present day, John speaks extremely of the household. “Say what you want about the Kardashians, but they are a force to be reckoned with and care deeply for the people they love,” he tweeted earlier this month.