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The Stone-Cold 'Shark Tank' Judges Couldn't Hold Back Their Emotions During These Pitches

Highlights

  • Sharks on
    Shark Tank
    can be emotional too, especially when pitches tug at their heartstrings.
  • A compelling backstory can lead to big deals on the show, as seen with Mee-Ma’s Gumbo Brick.
  • Emotional connections can sometimes overshadow financial risks, resulting in unexpected deals.



Throughout the history of Shark Tank, the show’s sharks, aka the judges, have mostly focused on making money. Unfortunately, that can have mixed results. After all, Shark Tank made one person who pitched extremely rich, but the show’s biggest deal crashed and burned, and Mark Cuban’s huge offer was turned down flat.

However, there have been times when emotion took over the sharks, like when Kevin O’Leary lost his temper on someone who was pitching. On top of that, there have been several times when pitches made the sharks highly emotional.

This article will look at the most memorable times that pitches brought the Shark Tank sharks to tears.


7 Why Did Mee-Ma’s Louisiana Gumbo Brick’s Pitch Make The Sharks Emotional?

Pitched During Season 4

Shark Tank's Mee-Ma’s Louisiana Gumbo Brick pitch
Via: ABC


Deal Or No Deal:

Deal

Offer:

$200,000 for 50%

When Carole Foster appeared on Shark Tank to pitch her product, Mee-Ma’s Louisiana Gumbo Brick, things initially seemed shaky. The reason for that is the fact that Carole said many things that made it seem like it would be risky to invest in her business.

For example, Carole openly admitted there were parts of the business she was struggling with. On top of that, it was hard to know how much money Mee-Ma’s Louisiana Gumbo Brick was making, since Carole was taking money out of the business.

While that was a problem, that was also what made her so compelling. As Carole explained, she took money out of the business because her company was the only thing supporting her family.


After Carole spoke about struggling while working as a trucker to support her family, Kevin O’Leary was overcome with emotion. Kevin was so compelled by Carole’s situation that he convinced Lori Greiner to go in with him, and they made a deal.

6 Why Did SwipenSnap’s Pitch Make The Sharks Emotional?

Pitched During Season 12

Deal or No Deal:

Deal

Offer:

$120,000 for 50%

When the SwipenSnap was pitched on Shark Tank, there was no way to know how emotional the pitch would become. After all, even though the product was created to help struggling mothers, that isn’t what brought a shark to tears.


During the pitch, SwipenSnap’s owner had her mom help demonstrate the product. Then during SwipenSnap’s pitch, the owner discussed the sacrifices her mom made for her. Upon questioning, the owner’s mom, who was an immigrant, explained some of the tough times she went though.

That story inspired Robert Herjavec to speak about his family background. Herjavec explained how much his immigrant father sacrificed for him. If that wasn’t enough, Robert’s voice cracked and he had tears in his eyes as he revealed his father even went through being spit on and judged.

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5 Why Did Kreyól Essence’s Pitch Make The Sharks Emotional?

Pitched During Season 11

Shark Tank's Kreyól Essence pitch
Via: ABC

Deal or No Deal:

Deal

Offer:

$400,000 for 5% and a royalty of $0,25 per unity


During Season 11 of Shark Tank, a couple named Yve-Car Momperousse and Stéphane Jean-Baptiste appeared to pitch their product, Kreyól Essence. While their product, which was a Haitian castor oil that was a beauty product for people’s hair and skin, seemed great, that wasn’t what made their pitch so memorable.

During the pitch, Stéphane became completely overcome with emotion. Stéphane didn’t hold back his tears as he revealed that the company’s struggles affected his relationship with Yve-Car. Jean-Baptiste became even more emotional as he spoke about feeling like he had let the Haitian community down.

While Yve-Car mostly remained composed throughout the pitch, all the sharks looked emotional as Stéphane revealed how tough things got.


4 Why Did Circadian Optics’ Pitch Make The Sharks Emotional?

Pitched During Season 11

Deal or No Deal:

Deal

Offer:

$750,000 for 20% + $50,000 to go to the founder’s parents

When Circadian Optics was pitched on Shark Tank, things were stacked against the business owner. After all, she asked for $750,000 for 10% of her business and a valuation like that would always put the sharks on the defensive.

Despite that, the Circadian Optics pitch, which was for a company selling a light that mimics the sun, ultimately succeeded as a deal was struck against all the odds.

Circadian Optics’ pitch was the most memorable because of what the company’s founder, Amber Leong, revealed about her life. Amber explained how much her parents sacrificed to send her to America. Then, Amber revealed that she almost lost her life once she arrived and her parents couldn’t come see her. That revelation notably brought Kevin O’Leary to tears.


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3 Why Did Under The Weathers’ Pitch Make The Sharks Emotional?

Pitched During Season 8

Shark Tank's Under the Weather pitch
Via: ABC

Deal or No Deal:

Deal

Offer:

$600,000 for 15% with an opinion to buy another 10% for an additional $600,000

When the pitch for Under the Weather began, the show seemed to be treating the pitch as a joke. After all, the Shark Tank music that plays during goofy moments could be heard. With that in mind, it is amazing to know how emotional the pitch became. After all, the pitch was essentially for a tent that people can wrap themselves in and walk around in.


During the pitch, the owner revealed that his brother emailed him saying he thought Under the Weather was a good business idea. Tragically, the owner revealed his brother died the day after sending that email. That revelation brought Kevin O’Leary to tears and made all the sharks emotional.

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2 Why Did Kronos Golf’s Pitch Make The Sharks Emotional?

Pitched During Season 6

Deal or No Deal:

Deal

Offer:

$150,000 for 30%

When most people think about Shark Tank, they don’t think of it as a show that brings people who are in love together. However, during the pitch for Kronos Golf, that is exactly what the show became about.


During Kronos Golf’s pitch, one of the co-owners revealed a compelling story. After falling in love and proposing, he was compelled to work on making Kronos Golf a success. The problem with that was that the parents of the co-owner’s fiancée, who lived in Japan, wouldn’t let her come to America to marry him because of the business.

As the co-owner explained that his fiancée’s parents thought he was crazy to start a business, the sharks all seemed emotional. Several of the sharks then gave the co-owner a pep talk before Robert Herjavec struck a deal.

1 Why Did Cup Board Pro’s Pitch Make The Sharks Emotional?

Pitched During Season 10

Shark Tank's Cup Board Pro pitch
Via: ABC

Deal or No Deal:

Deal

Offer:

$100,000 for 20% with the sharks’ profits going to charity


Looking back at the Cup Board Pro pitch from season 10 of Shark Tank, it is hard to imagine how the show could get more emotional. After all, the product was created by a firefighter who got sick after he fought to save lives following the September 11th attacks. The creator of the product, Keith Young, passed away far too early because of the substances he breathed in while trying to save people following the attack.

Since Keith Young had already passed away, his three children, Christian, Keira, and Kaley Young, one of whom was still a minor, presented the pitch on his behalf. Keith was only featured when they played a video of him showing off the product that he recorded before his passing.

According to Mashed,
Cup Board Pro became a huge hit
after the company’s
Shark Tank
pitch aired. The company’s inventory sold out before the segment even finished airing. On top of that, more models of the company’s useful cutting boards have been created and sold.


That story is emotional to read, let alone have it presented to you by a trio of people who were still grieving. Ultimately, the sharks were so touched that all five of them invested in the company without wanting to share in the profits. Instead, the sharks offered to donate their share of the profits to a charity that benefited firefighters who got sick because of trying to save people on September 11th.