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35 “Shark Tank” Secrets That Will Fuck You Up A Little

1) Every Shark Tank contestant is required to meet with an on-set psychologist after filming their segment. “They have to make sure we haven’t scarred them for life,” Mark Cuban says.

2) Not every deal that gets made on the show actually ends up happening. Any offer a Shark makes while shooting is not considered official. According to Daymond John, about one in five deals fall through after filming.

3) Sometimes the Sharks will pull out of a deal after learning that the contestant lied about their company’s finances during their pitch.

4) But according to Mark Cuban, it’s usually the contestants who back out of the deals: “I’d say 90 percent of the time, the entrepreneur changed the deal. It was not us backing out.”

5) The Sharks wear hidden earpieces while filming. If a contestant has a particularly emotional or unusual backstory, producers will secretly prompt a Shark to ask them about it.

6) But Mark Cuban says he doesn’t particularly enjoy the backstories: “I hate the backstory…because it’s usually a way to hide the realities of the business.”

7) The most successful product in Shark Tank history is the Scrub Daddy, which has raked in over $75 million and sold more than 10 million units. On the show, Lori Greiner purchased 20% of the company for $200,000.

8) Each pitch on Shark Tank is WAY longer than what you see on TV. The average pitch actually goes on for an hour or more, and then gets edited down to about eight minutes.

9) The shooting schedule is jam-packed to finish as quickly as possible. An entire season can be shot in just 17 days, with the Sharks seeing six-to-eight pitches per day.

10) Since every episode of Shark Tank is compiled of segments filmed on different days, the Sharks have to wear the same exact clothes for days at a time to avoid continuity issues.

11) One of the longest pitches in Shark Tank history came from Michael Tseng, the founder of Plate Topper. His pitch lasted two and a half hours. Mark Cuban says it was one of the best pitches he’s ever seen.

12) Most of what gets cut from the TV broadcast are boring financial details. Sharks need to know them, but viewers don’t.

13) The production company behind Shark Tank used to require contestants to give them 5% equity or 2% of the profits from their companies in exchange for appearing on the show. Mark Cuban threatened to quit over this rule, so producers got rid of it.

14) Robert Herjavec has said that the 12-plus hour shooting days can be grueling on the Sharks: “We’re cold, we’re hungry, we’re miserable.”

15) When contestants first walk onto the set, producers make them do a lengthy “stare-down” with the Sharks, where they stare at each other in total silence for up to a minute. Once the stare-down is over, contestants begin their pitch. A reporter for D Magazine once visited the set and described the silent stare-down as “excruciating to watch.”

16) The Sharks aren’t given any information about the companies before they see the pitches. They go in totally blind.

17) According to Mark Cuban, about 20% of pitches they film don’t even make it to air.

18) You know that big hallway the contestants have to walk through to get to the tank? The walls of that hallway are built at an angle to make the hallway look longer than it really is.

19) Shark Tank is filmed on a Sony Pictures soundstage in Los Angeles. It’s the same studio lot where they shot parts of The Wizard of Oz.

20) Contestants will sometimes go on the show even when they don’t want a deal, just to get exposure on national TV. The Sharks call these contestants “gold diggers,” and they’ve started calling them out on air.

21) The original Shark Tank franchise aired in Japan, under the name Money Tigers. It then moved to the UK, and was renamed Dragon’s Den. That show was then brought to Canada. Finally, it reached the US under the name Shark Tank.

22) Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary initially appeared on the Canadian Dragon’s Den before getting cast on Shark Tank.

23) In Season 1 of the show, viewership was low — Daymond John even claims it was “on the verge of being canceled.” Ratings spiked in Season 2, when Mark Cuban joined the cast (initially as a guest Shark).

24) According to former contestant Dave Vasen, you only get one take to do your pitch — no reshoots allowed. “If you mess up, you mess up. If it goes off course, tough luck. No do-overs.”

25) Vasen also claims that contestants are sworn to secrecy about the outcomes of their pitches: “If any details are leaked, the production team can just cut you from the show (and will).”

26) Ever wondered why so many of those update segments feature Barbara Corcoran’s companies? All the Sharks have the ability to pitch updates to producers, but Barbara calls herself the “queen” of them, telling Business Insider: “I know how to pitch an update better than anybody! And get it bought, boom, booked.”

27) NBA player Deron Williams claims he didn’t join the Dallas Mavericks because he felt Mark Cuban was too busy filming Shark Tank to talk to him.

28) Guest Shark Chris Sacca says that producers had a hard time filming his intro segment for the show. They wanted to film him in a mansion, in a sports car, on a boat, and on a private plane — but he didn’t own any of that stuff.

29) In the first few episodes of the show, the Sharks were seated behind a raised news desk with stacks of money on it. Producers later decided to put the Sharks in chairs, to make the pitches more intimate.

30) Producers now require contestants to agree to a “no-shop” clause in their contract, basically saying they won’t use an offer they get on Shark Tank to leverage a better deal somewhere else. According to Barbara Corcoran, this was happening “all the time.”

31) Getting on Shark Tank is no easy feat — in fact, Inc. claims it’s harder to get into than Harvard. Daymond John says that in 2015, 40,000 people applied to be on the show. From that pool, 150 were selected to film a pitch and fewer than 100 ended up on TV.

32) As of 2017, the Sharks had invested over $100 million in entrepreneurs from the show.

33) The Sharks have admitted to occasionally doing deals just because they make for a “feel good” story on TV.

34) The Sharks’ fights can get even more heated than what you see on TV. Mark Cuban once told AOL: “When we get mad, we’ll start cursing at each other, yelling at each other, and the entrepreneurs will be like, ‘What the hell is going on?'”

35) But if the Sharks swear during taping, producers will sometimes ask them to rerecord what they said, minus the offensive words. It’s a family show!

Gal Gadot Says James Cameron Was “Looking For Publicity” With His “Wonder Woman” Comments

ICYMI, here’s what James Cameron had to say about Wonder Woman back in August, in an interview with The Guardian:

All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards.

He also claimed that one of his own franchises, The Terminator, had a better feminist icon in the character of Sarah Connor.

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55 Insane Behind-The-Scenes Secrets You Never Knew About Your Favorite Disney Shows

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1) A writer for Lizzie McGuire revealed in a Tumblr interview that they almost added a gay couple to the series, but decided against it. This would have been a first for the Disney Channel in the early 2000s.

2) Lindsay Lohan was also considered for the role of Lizzie.

3) Ethan Craft was initially written as the school’s bully, but once Clayton Snyder was cast in the role, the creative team decided he should be Lizzie’s crush instead.

4) Hilary Duff completely bombed her first audition. She says she didn’t even want to audition for the show and did a “terrible job.” Producers told her she needed to focus and try harder. They invited her back for a second chance, and she did much better.

5) After Lizzie McGuire ended its run on the Disney Channel, the show was supposed to have a spinoff on ABC that followed Lizzie through high school. There was ALSO a planned sequel to the beloved Lizzie McGuire Movie.

6) Both projects were scrapped after negotiations between Hilary and Disney grew tense. There were major disputes about Hilary’s pay.

7) Hilary’s mom, Susan, did a lot of negotiating on her daughter’s behalf — and one source claims she was “a handful to deal with.” But Susan has countered that the fallout was Disney’s fault, noting, “They weren’t giving Hilary the respect she deserved.”

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8) Susan has accused Disney of leaking negative things about Hilary and her parents to the press after their negotiations turned sour: “In my wildest dreams, I cannot imagine adults beating up on a 15-year-old kid in the papers like they have.”

9) After the show’s cancelation, producers created a spinoff that focused on Miranda’s little sister, Stevie. Selena Gomez was cast in the starring role, but the show never made it to air.

10) Do you remember Hilary’s ~iconic~ single, “I Can’t Wait”? That’s actually a COVER. The original song is by an Australian singer, Brooke McClymont.

11) Lalaine, who played Miranda, mysteriously disappeared from the show’s final episodes (she was on a “family vacation”) and was notably absent from the movie. In real life, she had left the series to focus on a solo music career.

12) Lalaine went through a tough time after the show ended — she refers to that era as her “dark days.” She was eventually arrested for drug possession — but fortunately, she says she’s “in a completely different place now.”

13) Miley Cyrus says the pressure of always having to look good on Hannah Montana gave her body dysmorphia.

14) Though she was only 13 when the show premiered, Miley claims that producers had her drink coffee to stay energized on set: “Every morning, I was getting coffee jammed down my throat to wake me up.”

15) She also claims that she was seriously underpaid at first because she had no idea how the TV industry worked: “I was probably the least paid person on my cast because I didn’t know any better.”

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16) Billy Ray Cyrus has blamed the series for causing drama within the Cyrus clan, even going so far as to say to GQ, “I’ll tell you right now — the damn show destroyed my family.”

17) And when asked if he wishes he’d never done the show, he said, “I’d take it back in a second…I’d erase it all in a second if I could.”

18) Mitchel Musso (aka Oliver) actually has pierced ears IRL, but they were covered up on the show by his long, shaggy haircut (pictured above).

19) Miley caused a minor controversy on her Best of Both Worlds tour when video footage proved that she was using a body double in her place for a part of the show. Her publicist eventually confirmed that a body double was being used, but only for a brief moment while Miley did a wardrobe change.

20) Pop singer JoJo was offered the role of Hannah Montana and turned it down. She wrote on her MySpace, “I am more concerned with being a legitimate artist — not one created for the captive tween audience from a television show.”

21) Producers almost ended the series by revealing that it was all a fantasy in the mind of a young Miley Stewart, playing with her doll. They even filmed this ending (screenshot above), but decided not to use it.

22) Jason Earles played a teenager on the show, but in real life he was 29 when the series premiered. He’s only 16 years younger than Billy Ray, who played his dad. Also, he’s 40 now!

23) In the series finale, Miley hugs Lily and says, “I love you.” She responds, “I know.” Emily Osment later revealed that she ad-libbed this so that she would have the last line of the show.

24) Hannah Montana was originally conceived as a spinoff of That’s So Raven. Disney produced an episode of That’s So Raven where Cory meets a young actress who just wants to experience life as a normal kid. The episode was a test-pilot for a show called Better Days, which was later rewritten as Hannah Montana.

25) That’s So Raven takes place at the same high school as Saved by the Bell. Both are called Bayside High, and both used the same set.

26) While filming the show, Raven was sharing an apartment with Lindsay Lohan. Raven says her famous roomie was busy and never came home — but she did leave her shoes everywhere.

27) Anneliese van der Pol originally didn’t get the part of Chelsea. Disney cast somebody else, but Raven intervened and told producers she’d much rather work with Anneliese than the girl they had picked.

28) Anneliese turned down the role of Kim on Kim Possible so she could do the show.

29) When Raven was initially cast, she wasn’t supposed to be the psychic — she was initially cast in the “Chelsea” role, as the best friend.

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30) Raven’s mom was written out of the series after Season 3 (she “went to law school”). At the time, there were rumors that T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh had left the series because she “grew tired of her role and didn’t think her character was going anywhere.” — but she later revealed that she stepped away to care for her grandmother, who was dying of Alzheimer’s.

31) Raven once claimed in an interview that she had psychic powers in real life.

32) Before the show premiered, Disney had a strict 65-episode limit for all of its shows. But That’s So Raven grew so popular that Disney broke its own rule — it was their first-ever series to get 100 episodes.

33) Before getting cast on Even Stevens, Shia LaBeouf had a rough childhood. His family didn’t have much money, and he was arrested in grade school for stealing shoes.

34) Shia LaBeouf’s father was responsible for taking care of him on set of the show, but he created a few serious issues during production. In one incident, he was accused of sexually harassing an actress. In another, he allegedly said some homophobic things to a gay Disney executive.

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35) Shia would stay in a hotel with his father during filming, and was exposed to a lot of drug use. Shia later told Variety: “There were drugs everywhere — marijuana, cocaine, heroin. [My dad] gave me my first joint when I was probably 11 or 12.”

36) Shia emancipated himself from his parents at age 15.

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37) The actor who played Beans, Steven Anthony Lawrence, was spotted working as a Santa’s helper in 2015. He posed for pics with lots of fans!

38) Shia LaBeouf says it was “kind of embarrassing” working for the Disney Channel and that his friends made fun of him for it.

39) He says he never felt like he fit in with the other Disney Channel stars, noting: “[Disney] would invite the Hilary Duffs and Miley Cyruses to go to the Jonas Brothers concert, and I’d be there with my friends. But we were outsiders. It felt distant.”

40) He also claims that Disney pushed him to have a music career, but he resisted.


41) Remember Coach Tugnut (the dude above)? The actor who played him, Jim Wise, wrote most of the songs for the show’s famous musical episode. A Renaissance man!

42) BTW, that musical episode was Disney Channel’s first, and many people credit it for paving the way for High School Musical a few years later.

43) Joe Jonas auditioned for the role of Justin on Wizards of Waverly Place, but didn’t get it. Demi Lovato’s sister, Dallas, auditioned for a role and actually DID get it, but was cut from the pilot after filming.

44) David Henrie, who played Justin on Wizards of Waverly Place, also wrote two episodes of the show.

45) Despite playing siblings on the show, there have been some (unconfirmed) rumors that David and Selena Gomez dated.

46) Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus both participated in Disney’s mega-crossover, Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana, but the two never come face-to-face in the episode. Some sources claim that Disney had to do this because of the alleged feud between the pair.

47) But Selena has publicly denied any tension between the two, saying, “Obviously, she wouldn’t want to be doing what I’m doing, and I wouldn’t want to be doing what she’s doing. But I’m a fan of her music — I don’t know if she’d say that about me.”

48) On the show, Joe Jonas played a 16 year old, but in real life he was 20. Disney made him shave every morning so that he would look younger.

49) Nick Jonas originally had an on-camera kiss with his love interest, Macy, but Disney cut it from the episode. The actor who played Macy, Nicole Anderson, thinks Disney cut it because it was “too steamy.”

50) Disney required the boys to undergo rigorous media training, and taught them how to change the subject in interviews if the topic got too risqué.

51) Dylan and Cole Sprouse quit their Suite Life franchise because they felt like the show was much better in the early days.

52) The twins didn’t end their relationship with Disney Channel on the best terms. Dylan claims that Disney tried to steal their idea for a spinoff without paying them for it: “Cole and I turned to each other and we basically laughed in their faces and walked out. And that was the last meeting we had with Disney.”

53) Chris Brown filmed an episode of Suite Life, but Disney canned it after he was arrested for assaulting Rihanna.

54) Remember those British twins who played Zack and Cody’s girlfriends on Suite Life? Milly and Becky Rosso were discovered by one of the show’s producers when they attended a live taping of the show.

55) Just like Miley in Hannah Montana and Raven in That’s So Raven, Dylan and Cole almost used their real names on Suite Life. Producers decided to rename the characters Zack and Cody because it made for a better show title.

And that’s all the behind-the-scenes gossip I have for you today, friends! LONG LIVE THE DISNEY CHANNEL.