Former Apprentice boss Mark Bouris has taken aim at Shark Tank in an extraordinary attack on the show.
The Yellow Brick Road boss has written a piece in News Corp:
There’s a show on Channel 10, Shark Tank. I don’t watch it too often but the few times I have, I felt like vomiting. They are just ripping into these people. It’s tough enough to get up and present, let alone on TV. These people have just a few minutes to put forward their dream.
What really gets in my throat is when the judges start to carve them up. We should be encouraging them. Obviously if it’s not a good idea you need to tell them, but maybe it has good bones, maybe they just need encouragement.
Entrepreneurs need better support from the government and banks. They need us to back them, not cut them down and someone to ask them the right questions as they shape their business.
Sorry? Is this The Apprentice boss criticising a show for ripping into people and not encouraging them?
What the hell was Celebrity Apprentice?
Has he forgotten how it spent entire seasons celebrating people ripping one another apart? Deni Hines anyone? I’ve never seen so many abusive comments on a single show submitted to this website as that season.
But wait, let’s not stop there. Let’s talk about the celebrities who have questioned production tactics of waking cast members up before dawn, making them wait around until noon with next to no refreshments just so they are close to breaking when the cameras actually start rolling? Several celebrities complained to me about textbook tactics designed to fray tempers.
Brian Mannix once told media, ”It is a celebration of the worst in human nature under the high moral ground of raising money for charity.
“It wasn’t fun at all. If you like arguing, cracking the shits and being a bitch then you’d love it but I found the whole experience a bit morally bankrupt.”
Peter Everett once said, “I was staying with some friends in Sydney and honestly, I was coming home saying ‘Please don’t make me go back there, please don’t make me go back’.
“I was severely depleted, I was getting sick and trying to pull energy out of nowhere and added with the emotional side, it was hard core.”
Yep. Compared to The Apprentice, Shark Tank looks like a holiday camp.