Fans of Shark Tank know at least one thing for sure: Kevin O'Leary always gets the center seat on the panel. The tradition goes back not only to the origins of Shark Tank but to O'Leary's time on Dragons' Den, the CBC show of a similar format that predated the ABC powerhouse.
But during Season 9, it seems Shark Tank fans may get a glimpse into a new seating configuration, at least once. Mark Cuban, who started many years ago as a guest shark, apparently gets to sit in the power spot. Cuban offered the evidence recently on his Instagram page.
Also noticeably absent, however, is O'Leary. So even if there are Tank fans who might wish to see the self-dubbed "Mr. Wonderful" literally pushed off to the side, it appears O'Leary simply took a day off. In another photo uploaded by Cuban, O'Leary's back center stage -- but Robert Herjavec is seated on the left-hand side, Cuban's old spot, with Daymond John on the far right. In that configuration, Cuban's seated to O'Leary's immediate right, although the Dallas Mavericks owner would probably balk at being called O'Leary's "right hand man."
As a side note, the sharks also have new chairs. With other new decor, the environment seems very beach-like or Californian.
In previous seasons, guest sharks never seemed to sub for O'Leary. He and Cuban were constants on the panel while Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, John, and Lori Greiner would rotate. In the photo uploaded by Cuban, the panel is comprised of Herjavec, Corcoran, himself, Greiner and Rohan Oza, one of Season 9's new guest panelists.