Kate McKinnon Will Play Carole Baskin of ‘Tiger King’ in TV Adaptation of ‘Joe Exotic’ Podcast
Netflix released a true crime documentary series, Tiger King and people were quickly pulled into the strange world of Joe “Exotic” Maldonado-Passage and Carole Baskin’s heated feud that involved big cats.
The series left people with many questions mostly around Baskin. Now Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon is going to play her in a new show.
‘Tiger King’ followed the rivalry between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin
The Netflix series follows Joe Exotic and his zoo that mostly had tigers. He would breed them and charge people to pet them. Baskin wanted to close his zoo because of the living conditions of the animals.
This led to a very heated rivalry. Joe Exotic would publicly accuse her of being involved in the disappearance of her husband, Don Lewis, back in 1997. He eventually tried to hire someone to kill her.
He was sentenced to 22 years in prison and was convicted for attempting to hire a hitman. The series has a lot of people talking including Baskin. She publicly spoke out against the show.
Baskin responded to ‘Tiger King’
Baskin doesn’t seem happy about the Netflix documentary series. She made a blog post called “Refuting Netflix Tiger King” to address the episode around her husband’s disappearance and claimed she was told the series was focused on the mistreatment of big cats.
“There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the docuseries not only does not do any of that, but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers,” read the post. “As part of that, it has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don 21 years ago.”
She went on to say Don showed signs of mental deterioration before he disappeared. Baskin addressed the allegation that she put his body through a meat grinder to feed her big cats.
She wrote, “The meat grinder shown in the video was enormous. Our meat grinder was one of those little tabletop, hand crank things, like you’d have in your kitchen at home, like the one pictured here. Meat had to first be cut into one inch cubes like you see here to go through it. The idea that a human body and skeleton could be put through it is idiotic.”
There is no evidence of foul play with his disappearance. Chances are this won’t be the last time Baskin will address such rumors. The story of her rivalry with Joe Exotic is getting adapted in to a scripted show.
Kate McKinnon is cast to play her
McKinnon is executive producing and starring in the TV adaption of the Wondery podcast Joe Exotic, according to Variety. Wondery’s Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy are also executive producing the project with her.
She will be playing Baskin, and it’s unknown who will play her rival. Fans will have to wait to get more details about the scripted show.