It was only 11.5 weeks ago, after our nation was met with a global pandemic, that we all came together and bonded over Tiger King. This absolute shit show of a series taught me about love, loss, polygamy, meat trucks, and that just about anyone can run for an office. Speaking of, in case you missed it, Joe Exotic is still waiting on that pardon from reality-star-turned-president, Donald Trump. And we’re all still waiting on his record deal!
I’m sure all you cool cats and kittens haven’t forgotten Joe’s nemesis Carole Baskin. The woman who is accused of feeding her murdered husband to tigers. Carole is remarkable to the point that even Cardi B has taken shots at her. Since then, it’s been revealed that Carole is actually in control of Joe’s zoo. Of course, Joe is in prison and this zoo was being run by Jeff Lowe. Are you keeping up? Well, it sounds like Jeff isn’t about to let this eviction destroy his chance at the spotlight. Or whatever this mess is considered.
Remember when Tiger King was the wildest thing we were seeing on TV? Yeah, simpler times. But this cast of characters isn’t done yet. While Joe Exotic himself if wasting away in a jail cell, begging for a Presidential pardon, Carole Baskin has been in the news herself.
Despite recently being awarded control of Joe’s beloved zoo, Carole has long been dodging stories about her late husband, Don Lewis. She refused to take a polygraph about his disappearance, casting more doubts. Don’s lawyer even said he wants to talk to the cops about her involvement. Even OJ Simpson says Carole killed her husband. I think it’s fair to say if OJ thinks you’re guilty, you have a problem on your hands.
Is it just me or do the stories stemming from Netflix’s hit Tiger King keep getting weirder and weirder? Usually when this kind of show is done, it’s done. See Netflix’s other hit, Too Hot To Handle. As in, there isn’t much to say about it once it’s over with. This is definitely not the case with Joe Exotic and his band of merry crazies.
First there was the news that Nicholas Cage of all people would be playing Joe Exotic in a series. Although as strange as it is, I can’t think of anyone better fit to play someone as odd as Joe Exotic. Then we found out that Joe is seeking a pardon from President Donald Trump. Let’s face it, this is probably pretty low on the list of priorities right now. But he’s asking! Finally, in one of the most interesting turn of events, Carole Baskin was awarded Joe’s beloved zoo. Was that the final straw for Joe Exotic?
There are a lot of things you can say about Tiger King star Joe Exotic. As the clear breakout star of the seven-part docu-series, Joe showed us all kinds of crazy. From his 2016 presidential run, to his cringe-y yet amazing music videos, Joe is a personality that is larger than life. He wanted fame above all else. And honestly, I wanted it for him. Sure, Joe has his faults, but there’s something so endearing about him. Or maybe I’ve just truly lost my mind during quarantine. We can’t be sure.
Even though Joe is now an international sensation, he tragically cannot enjoy this fame. Joe is currently serving a 22-year sentence on murder for hire charges against the now infamous Carole Baskin. Like many, I felt like Joe was set up in a way. Even Cardi B expressed her feelings on Joe’s prison sentence. “He will be free,” she promised. But Joe isn’t waiting around for to Cardi’s GoFundMe campaign to get him out of jail. Instead, Joe is going straight to the source himself: President Donald Trump.
In the midst of the craziness that is 2020, the Tiger King phenomenon lives on. Even if you haven’t watched the seven part Netflix series, you’ve undoubtedly heard about it. Breakout star Joe Exotic, who is currently serving a 22 year sentence in an Oklahoma prison, was even mentioned during one of President Donald Trump’s press conferences. He has become a bona fide star.
Fans have been hungry for more Tiger King content since the series dropped on Netflix. The series could not have come at a more perfect time. When news broke of a scripted version of the story, the Internet went crazy. Twitter was wild with casting suggestions on which stars should play characters like Carole Baskin and Doc Antle. And now, the first official casting announcement has been made.
Hey all you cool cats and kittens! Is there anyone left on the Internet who doesn’t think Carole Baskin fed her former husband Don Lewis to the tigers? Yeah, didn’t think so.
If you’ve watched the Netflix sensation Tiger King (if you haven’t, do you live under a rock?), you probably had many takeaways from the docu-series that has turned into the gift that keeps on giving during this quarantine. The one thing many of us are convinced of is that Carole was involved in her late husband’s disappearance. Hell, even OJ Simpson thinks she’s guilty. But when it comes to taking a polygraph test to prove her guilt innocence, Carole is stuck between a can of sardine oil and a meat grinder.
Since it’s debut on Netflix on March 20th, everybody has been clamoring for more “Tiger King.” The original seven-part docu-series was perfectly binge-able and the latest streaming obsession, coming right at a time when most every American found themselves sequestered or under quarantine in the comfort of their own homes. Just recently, Netflix released some numbers on the show, claiming that “Tiger King” has had more viewers than the original season of “Stranger Things,” with a whopping 19 million viewers just here in the U.S. and over 34 million worldwide.
Well Netflix delivered an Easter surprise this Sunday, giving us an all-new episode in the saga of Joe Exotic. Actually, Episode 8, entitled “The Tiger King and I,” acts more as an epilogue, an after-show, hosted by Joel McHale (“Community,” “Talk Soup”), because, why not? In the style of most other shows during this pandemic, Episode 8 consisted of isolated interviews conducted by Joel McHale. Several of the players from Tiger King gave us updates on their lives post-show. They also offered up several other juicy tidbits of information. Joel was a fair and funny host, respectfully mixing in some humorous questions to go with the more direct and serious questions that had been on everyone’s mind.
The biggest omission from this “bonus” episode was, of course, Joe Exotic himself, now serving a 22-year sentence for the crimes he committed. Also missing were two of the biggest characters from the series, Carole Baskin and Doc Antle, but there was plenty of story left to tell from the eclectic panel of guests Joel had assembled.
Read on to find out what we learned during this brand-new episode of “Tiger King“!
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Tiger King has kept fans interested long after the show’s initial release. There are murder plots, big cats and a wild cast of characters. But one thing that made Tiger King so riveting is the relationships between all these big cat people. They are strange to say the least. Carole Baskin, who married her current husband, Howard Baskin while he was dressed in some caveman/tiger ensemble. And let’s not forget she has been accused of knocking off her previous husband, Don Lewis, and feeding him to their tigers. This is a claim she has vehemently denied but after the series, it’s raised more questions than answers.
Then there is Doc Antle, who seems to be running a harem of women out of his sanctuary. I will never understand how that man has gotten so many women to be with him. Finally, in what is possibly the strangest of all relationships, is Joe Exotic. Apparently, Joe had 5 husbands total but only 3 of them were featured on the docuseries. John Finlay, the toothless wonder shown in the series, was actually Joe’s third husband. Lucky number 4 was Travis Maldonado, who wed Joe in ceremony with John too. But John moved on to a woman and Travis met an untimely death, leaving Joe to look for someone else. And he found him in a then-22-year-old Dillon Passage.