Out-spoken investor and NEWSTALK 1010 contributor Kevin O'Leary is leaving Dragon's Den to focus on his role on the US version, Shark Tank.
O' Leary was on of the original Dragons and is leaving the CBC show along internet big-wig Bruce Croxon. The network will be announcing two new investors that will take their places.
Kevin O'Leary has been with the show (now in it's eighth season) since 2006.
The investor tells Jerry Agar he didn't want to leave and it was a "difficult choice."
O' Leary says because of the popularity of the US version of the show more episodes were added and the schedules conflicted.
Investment mogul Michael Wekerle and restaurant magnate Vikram Vij will be the new Dragon's when the ninth season begins taping March 24th in Toronto.
Vij is already familiar to TV audiences as a judge on Food Network's ``Top Chef Canada'' and ``Chopped Canada,'' as well as CBC's ``Recipe to Riches.'' Wekerle made his fortune investing in tech and media companies and most recently founded the merchant banking firm Difference Capital.
They join marketing expert Arlene Dickinson, ``The Wealthy Barber'' author David Chilton and franchise king Jim Treliving in scrutinizing weekly pitches from wannabe entrepreneurs.