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Richard Branson, Alex Rodriguez and More Will Guest Judge on Shark Tank Next Season

The three-time Emmy winner returns for a ninth season later this year.

fans didn't have to wait very long to find out the fate of 's hit series. Ahead of the season eight finale on Friday, the network announced that it was renewing the reality TV franchise for a ninth season.

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Richard Branson

And in the fall, the show's mainstay investors, , , , , and will be joined by some big name guest sharks.

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Throughout the season, contestants will have the chance to pitch entrepreneurs such as founder , Spanx founder Sara Blakely, Real Housewife and Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel, venture capitalist and branding expert Rohan Oza and former MLB player .

In 2016, Shark Tank won its third Emmy Outstanding Structured Reality Program and the final episode of the season was watched by nearly 4 million viewers.

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