If you’ve ever wished that Mark Cuban would just shut up, you’re not the only one.
Robert Herjavec, one of the judges on ABC’s popular reality pitch show “Shark Tank,” revealed to Business Insider that he wasn’t a fan of the outspoken billionaire for the first two years of Cuban’s gig on the show.
“Man, I hated Mark for the first two years. And he didn’t like me, either. We really get pretty emotional about this stuff.”
Herjavec told BI that on one of the episodes this season, the show’s sixth season, he got into a spat with Cuban and Lori Grenier, another shark, that led to him walking off the set.
“And I walked off because the next words out of my mouth were going to be rude and not very nice to them.”
“I actually stood up and said, ‘Look, my mom told me that if I can’t say anything nice, I shouldn’t say anything at all, but you’re just really pissing me off right now.’ And I got up and walked out. And then Mark said, ‘I have no problem being rude.’ “
Herjavec’s dislike for Cuban was also shared by Grenier and “Mr. Wonderful” shark Kevin O’Leary. “Of course we got offended; we hated him. But I hate Kevin when he gets a deal from me, and I hate Lori when she steals a deal from me, too.”
These days, though, Herjavec believes Cuban is easier to get along with now that he’s learned a valuable lesson. “I think when Mark came in, it kind of shifted everything because he was so big, and he invested in everything. But I think we’ve all figured out how to deal with Mr. Cuban, and I think Mr. Cuban’s lost enough money to realize, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t invest in everything.’ ”
Conflict has clearly been a good thing for the show, however, as “Shark Tank” premiered last Friday to high ratings, the No. 2-rated network show in its timeslot with an estimated 7.3 million viewers tuning in.
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