After eight seasons of wheeling and dealing, Arlene Dickinson has announced she’s exiting CBC’s reality hit Dragons’ Den.

The fan-favourite Dragon made the announcement on her Facebook page, admitting “it’s not an easy decision to leave this show, which is about so much more than entertainment. It’s about dreams, and having the courage to chase them.”;

She added: “It’s been an incredible privilege to meet entrepreneurs from all over Canada, ranging in age from 6 to 86. They’ve brought comedy acts, drama, animals, food, props and crazy gimmicks to the Den, which makes for great television; but above all else they’ve bared their hearts and souls, their passion for and commitment to their own business ideas. Week after week, they’ve reminded me that success isn’t really about achieving your dreams — it’s about having the courage to pursue them in the first place. (Though I’m not going to lie: achieving them is pretty great, too.)”;