Barbara Corcoran was the only woman on Shark Tank when it began, and she was admittedly a little skeptical when the producers first gave a seat to Lori Greiner, the “Queen of QVC.” Once Barbara learned she wasn’t being replaced all was fine. Lori was just another — and very necessary — cog in what’s been a regular six-person rotation (with the occasional guest investor).
The Shark Tank producers are no dummies. Too much testosterone was bad for the show for a lot of reasons. One big reason is there’s a whole gamut of products that the men just don’t get, but the women investors see immediately as “heroes” — to use Greiner’s favorite term. (She claims to know right away if a product is a “hero or a zero.”) And Barbara and Lori make Shark Tank a more pleasing viewing experience visually, too. (Face it, these women aren’t just rich and smart, they look terrific.) Besides, look what happens when you cut the women investors from Shark Tank. Watch the male sharks below. This is what the show would look like without Lori and Barbara.