Barbara Corcoran is swimming in controversy after some eyeopening comments in a resurfaced interview.
The "Shark Tank" star appeared on British businessman Steve Bartlett's podcast last December and spoke about how she was itching to lay off "negative employees." She then spoke of exactly how she likes to show employees the door.
"What I would love to do is call someone into my office on Friday. I love firing people on Friday," she said. "I would stop by someone's desk on a Wednesday and say, 'Hey, would you have any time, sometime on Friday?'"
She added, "They should have heard about the rumors. I couldn't wait till they came in to fire them!"
The comments recently resurfaced after being shared on TikTok, and backlash has come on the heels.
"We should change the system so that people can become successful without having to become a terrible person," one person said. Another called the billionaire businesswoman "spiteful."
"One should NEVER be giddy about firing people. I've been a business leader for 15+ years. This is the one thing I hate," another chimed in.
Elsewhere in the podcast interview, the reality TV star detailed the kind of people she likes to fire — another topic that caused backlash.
"I picked out individuals who were negative, and my attitude toward the negative person was, they were ruining my good kids, because people who are negative have to have somebody else to be negative with them," she said. "They got to talk to somebody and complain."
"I'm not talking about people who tell you what you're doing wrong – they're invaluable so you can get better. I'm talking about chronic complainers and negative people. You got to get rid of them," she said. "I learnt very early after firing one negative person, never tell them why you're firing them." Rather, Barbara tells them they "don't fit" the company.