Less than one month ago, the lives of the people who appeared in the Netflix docu-series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness completely changed. As the country started shutting down due to coronavirus, the docu-series premiered on the streaming platform. And, with millions of people at home bingeing the series, it made the people in Tiger King household names overnight.
For many fans, seven episodes wasn’t enough because there were too many unanswered questions. The good news is that Joel McHale hosted a special eighth episode titled “The Tiger King and I,” where he visited with seven of the key members of the cast to find out how their lives had changed since the series premiered.
The Tiger King and I — a Tiger King after show hosted by Joel McHale and featuring brand new interviews with John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, Rick Kirkman, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe — will premiere April 12 pic.twitter.com/8fbbNdaiDA
— Netflix (@netflix) April 9, 2020
McHale also wanted to know how they felt about the series and if there was anything in it they wanted to clear up or address, and he also got an update on Joe Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) who is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence.
During the reunion special, McHale spoke with head zookeeper Eric Cowie, Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park owners Jeff and Lauren Lowe, former zoo manager John Reinke, former GW animal keeper, Kelci “Saff” Saffery, Joe’s ex-husband John Finlah, Joe’s former campaign manager Josh Dial, and Joe Exotic TV producer Rick Kirkman.
Unfortunately, Carole Baskin did not take part in the special. According to Us Weekly, Baskin’s publicist revealed that Baskin was not asked to be part of the eighth episode. But, even if she would have been, Baskin would not have participated because of the way she was portrayed in the docu-series. As fans know, the series heavily implied that Baskin murdered her second husband who disappeared in 1997.
Just started tiger king and I can already tell I’m in for a wild ride I can’t WAIT
— Megan (@megan__coe) April 5, 2020
“I just feel so angry that people have totally missed the point,” Baskin told the Tampa Bay Times. “And the point is these cubs are being abused and exploited and the public is enabling that.” Her current husband, Howard Baskin, added that there was almost no way to describe their intense feelings of betrayal.
Carole and Howard Baskin also claim they are getting death threats because of the docu-series, and they have turned their phones off because they can’t tell the real calls from the fake. Carole Baskin hopes that law enforcement will start taking animal abuse cases seriously.
We won’t spoil the new revelations from The Tiger King & I. The special is now streaming – along with the first seven episodes – on Netflix.