Jeff Foxworthy’s secret connection to fellow ‘Shark Tank’ tycoon Robert Herjavec

Jeff Foxworthy and me: Hapeville-made

This season on Shark Tank, two new men join the lineup of Sharks: Mark Cuban and Jeff Foxworthy, both of whom rotate in Kevin Harrington’s chair when he’s not there.

I met Foxworthy, who hosts another of producer Mark Burnett’s shows, Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, at the dawn of his first day on his new job. I learned a couple of interesting things when I did my pre-shoot homework. One is that he lived in the same town that my grandparents did: Hapeville, Georgia. (I wonder if he used to go to the Richway, like I did.) The other is that 25 years ago, his job was to maintain mainframe IBM computers.

As it happens, I realized, fellow Shark Robert Herjavec, who immigrated to Canada from Croatia as a kid, got his beginnings selling IBM mainframe computers during the same period. It’s hard to get a scoop in the over-covered entertainment universe, but I was pretty proud of finding that one. You can see Robert Herjavec learning about it for the first time on yesterday’s video interview with him.

By the time I met Foxworthy, the next day, Herjavec had already filled him in on their shared origins in the make-up room. Took my scoop and used it to make a fast buddy! If they go in on a business together during the second season of Shark Tank, I’d like to think I brokered the friendship between them that allowed it all to happen. Hey, Robert — it’s on camera.

Some people may wonder what a stand-up comic such as Foxworthy is doing on a panel of self-made titans, but that’s where they’re wrong. As I pointed out when the casting was first announced, Foxworthy has created a multi-milliondollar merchandise franchise out of his personal brand.

He’s certainly canny, and a dark horse among Sharks, but does he have the teeth to hang with his flesh-eating colleagues? You be the judge:

One Response to “Jeff Foxworthy’s secret connection to fellow ‘Shark Tank’ tycoon Robert Herjavec”

  1. Nancy Huggins

    Hello Mr Foxworthy..I don’t know if you will remember me but you did so graciously send me a recipe to publish in my Famous Celebrities Cook Book and I donated a portion of the proceeds to people that needed help with a pet (mostly Dog’s) and also to some Humans that needed help. I am now in a position to sell the rights for my cook book and there are some celebrities that you will never get a recipe from again since they have passed on. I did pretty good through selling on line and newspaper articles but I am now 74 years old and can not afford to advertize. Please let me know if you would be interested in buying it with royalties of $2.00 per book. I will also be offering it to Shark Tank and especially Robert Herjavec. I can be reached through my email or my home phone (217) 345-1070…We need money to move because of Meth Dealers in our neighborhood and I am fearful for us and our 4 rescue dogs…Hope to hear from you soon
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