DRAGONS’ Den viewers attacked Steven Bartlett for a “rude” stunt in the middle of a pitch.
In Thursday’s episode, an entrepreneur, Molly, entered The Den hoping to secure £50,000 for a 5% stake in her Books That Matter business.
Books That Matter is a subscription service that spotlights women’s literature, and Molly’s presentation eventually attracted some interest from Touker Suleyman.
However, he said: “At five percent, I won’t get my money back that easily, but I’ll make you an offer.”
He then said he would give her all the money, but he wanted a whopping 30 percent of her business, before adding that he would team up with Steven if he were interested in a 15 percent stake each.
But Steven was quick to turn down Touker’s offer and while he told Molly how impressed he was with her business and what she had achieved so far, he would not invest.
He said: “So thanks Touker for inviting me but I’ll say I’m out.”
He then added to a stunned Molly, “And I’ll also say that I don’t think you should give away 30 percent of your business for 50 grand.”
After his punch at Touker, Molly went to the wall to consider her options before facing the dragon again and asking Touker if he would compromise on his offer.
When he said he was sticking with his guns, Molly politely declined his offer, leading Steven to clap his hands at her decision.
As Molly left the cave empty-handed, viewers took to Twitter to complain about Steven’s “stunt.”
One raged: “Stephen is a real s***head like… clap when Tuka didn’t get the deal… He and Deborah need to go #dragonsden.” [sic].”
Another added: “What did @SteveBartlettSC play to undermine someone else’s absolute div and say not to take it.”
A third tweeted: “Steven bangs out of order trying to sew up Toukers offer #WhoTheFckHeThinkHeIs?”
Meanwhile, a fourth shared: “I don’t like Steven’s attitude towards Touker.”
Dragons’ Den airs Thursdays at 8pm on BBC One and is available on BBC iPlayer.
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