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‘Shark Tank’ Star and Judge Exiting Show After Season 16

‘Shark Tank’ Star and Judge Exiting Show After Season 16

Mark Cuban, who made billions in business and turned it into an ownership of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, is leaving Shark Tank. Cuban, who is one of the most recognized faces in the NBA, made the announcement on the All the Smoke podcast. While he was a guest on there, Cuban dropped the news that he’s out after Season 16.

Shark Tank is in its 15th season with “sharks” Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary.

“Next year, our 16th year, is gonna be my last year, so I got one more year to go,” Mark Cuban told former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, hosts of the All the Smoke podcast.

ABC has neither confirmed nor denied Cuban’s pending departure, NBC News reports.

Cuban, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment, has been one of the main “sharks” since the show’s third season. He appeared as a guest investor in Season 2.

“We’ve trained multiple generations of entrepreneurs that if somebody can come from Iowa or Sacramento or wherever, and show up on the carpet of Shark Tank and show their business and get a deal, it’s going to inspire generations of kids,” Mark Cuban said.

‘Shark Tank’ Judge Mark Cuban Reads Body Language For Clues

The Mavericks owner said he often reads body language and looks for ideas that he wishes he thought of himself when deciding what to invest in, he added.

“When someone walks in Shark Tank, you can tell if they are trying too hard,” Cuban said. “I have this rule: The longer the back story, the worse the deal.”

In July, he said he was not running for president in 2024. No Labels is pushing for a bipartisan, third-party presidential ticket on next year’s ballot. 

Cuban joined as a guest during Season 2 and became a regular on the show in Season 3. The long-running show, now in its 15th season, gives up-and-coming entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their businesses and products to five Sharks. They are accomplished entrepreneurs who can then make investments in the businesses or turn them down.

While Mark Cuban has had conversations with No Labels, the bipartisan group spending money to secure ballot access for a third-party presidential campaign in all 50 states, he wrote in an email to NBC News that “my family would disown me” if he ran for president.

In 2021, Cuban purchased the virtually empty 76.8-acre community of Mustang, Texas. “Did it to help out a friend. No plans yet!” he said in an email at the time.

Don’t think for a minute, though, that Cuban will be slowing down. Hardly. He’s going to be watching his Dallas Mavericks try and reach the NBA Finals. They’ve done it before behind the play of Detlef Schrempf. Now, Cuban has the pleasure of watching star player Luka Doncic.