Kelly Hoppen quits Dragons' Den after just two series

Interior designer Kelly Hoppen has announced her decision to leave BBC Two's Dragons' Den after two series. The businesswoman said that her busy schedule left her no time to commit to filming the programme, which is hosted by Evan Davis, but said she had "thoroughly enjoyed" her time as a Dragon.

Kelly made the announcement just days before her second series on the show is due to air, beginning on Sunday.


Kelly Hoppen is leaving Dragons' Den after two series

"After two great years as an investor on Dragons' Den, I have decided the current series will be my last," the design guru confirmed. "I have had a brilliant time and made several successful investments.

"It's been a privilege to be part of a programme which champions entrepreneurs. However, due to a packed schedule and international commitments, including a new venture designing film sets, I sadly cannot commit to the filming schedule."

She continued, "I will continue to work and invest in young entrepreneurs. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on Dragons' Den and met many inspiring entrepreneurs along my journey. I will miss my fellow judges and I'm sure someone amazing will fill my seat.

The Dragons: Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen, Deborah Meaden, Piers Linney and Peter Jones

"I wish everyone on the show the best luck. What's left to say, but 'I'm Out'."

Kelly was brought in to replace previous Dragon Hilary Devey, who also appeared on the show for just two series.

Duncan Bannatyne recently confirmed that the current series will be his last too, after a ten-year run, leaving Peter Jones as the only investor from the original series line-up.