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.
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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If you haven’t watched Tiger King on Netflix, please run and don’t walk to check it out. It’s got everything – rednecks, intrigue, murder, weirdos, and tigers. Also, the stories coming out of this docuseries will positively sustain you during this quarantine. Trust me.
One of the biggest stories to come out of Tiger King isn’t just Carole Baskin allegedly killing her husband, Don Lewis. Nay, it’s how Joe Exotic ended up in jail on charges of animal abuse and the murder-for-hire plot of his nemesis, Carole. Joe is currently serving 22 years on 17 counts. He’s busy appealing and even has Cardi B believing that he was set up. Me, I’m not so sure. Ok, I am sure – he belongs in a cage, like the animal he is!
Tiger King is just the gift that keeps on giving, especially during these quarantined times. Watching the seven-episode Netflix series gave us all a lot to think about and plenty to say. And, the content just kept on coming. Pretty much everyone who took part in the docuseries has done interviews and made statements about the dramatic storylines (i.e. the multiple murder allegations). Even, SPOILER ALERT: Joe Exotic has communicated his opinions even though he’s locked up in prison.
With Joe Exotic put away, that’s the end of Tiger King, right? Nope, not at all. Aside from the news stories that roll out every day, there’s also a scripted version of Tiger King in the works. But, wait. There is more though. There is actually one more episode of Tiger King headed your way. Very soon too.
Tiger King is the gift that keeps on giving. Usually when a show is over, we have covered all the bases and there is only so much we can say. But not Tiger King. Every day, more and more comes out. A lot of that is due to Carole Baskin and all the wild accusations that she killed her former husband, Don Lewis. The docuseries certainly covered it but since it’s been over, seems like we are just getting started.
Carole maintains her innocence and vehemently denies she had anything to do with Don’s death. So does her current husband, Howard Baskin. But they seem to be the only ones that are claiming her innocence. At this point, it’s hard to ignore all the stories coming out against her.
I know I’m not the only one reeling from the Tiger King viewing experience. There are so many unanswered questions. There is just so much to unpack and such an ecclectic group of characters. And by “characters” I mean real people who just beyond outrageous.
Spoiler alert: the series ended with Jeff Lowe cooperating with the feds to take down Joe Exotic and Tim Stark. Currently, Joe Exotic is in jail. Still, that hasn’t stopped him from filing a $94 million dollar lawsuit. Rapper Cardi B even spoke out about what she views as an injustice to Joe. She doesn’t think that he should be behind bars and talked about starting an online fundraiser for him. However, Jeff could not be more proud of his involvement in this whole situation.