‘Tiger King’: Dillon Passage Suggests Joe Exotic Might Be Released Soon in New Instagram Post

The star of Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness, Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic), is serving a 22-year sentence for allegedly hiring a hitman to kill longtime nemesis, Carole Baskin. He filed a lawsuit to recoup funds he believes he’s owed and asked for a presidential pardon, but the outcome of either is yet to be seen. Meanwhile, his fourth husband, Dillon Passage, posted a throwback of the couple that has fans thinking Maldonado-Passage may be released from prison soon.

‘Joe Exotic’ is writing a memoir post-‘Tiger King’

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Netflix’s Tiger King has maintained public interest for a month now and for good reason. The headlines surrounding the cast are still surfacing — particularly in regards to the “Tiger King” himself, Joseph Maldonado Passage, who, apparently is documenting his version of the truth in a new memoir.

Maldonado-Passage’s fourth husband, Dillon Passage, recently spoke with RADIO.COM’s Channel Q show, The Morning Beat, where he cleared up a few things about his life partner, including this book.

Passage explained that [Maldonado-Passage] sent out a lot of letters pertaining to the book about what he’d like to include in it. He explained that it’s not much about the jail experience or what led to it, but a deeper look at what shaped [Joe Exotic] into the man he is today.

“It’s more about his life story from when he was a little kid to now,” Passage said. “Once it comes out, you’re gonna see a different side of Joe. He has a lot of trauma that follows him since his childhood. A lot of physical, mental, sexual abuse and that’s really going to change people’s perspectives about Joe’s personality.”

Passage’s cryptic Instagram message has fans thinking ‘Joe Exotic’ is leaving jail soon

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A reminder of better days ❤️ @dillert_lclm

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While Maldonado-Passage writes that memoir and awaits news from his lawsuit, Passage is busy taking care of the former zookeeper’s social media accounts.

Passage’s recent Instagram post to Maldonado-Passage’s page is of the two during happier times and sparked a bit of debate among Tiger King fans.

“A reminder of better days,” he captioned the photos. They’re hand-in-hand in one frame with a shot of their wedding bands in the second frame.

While that alone doesn’t suggest anything regarding Maldonado-Passage’s sentence, it’s what Passage posted in the comments that got everyone riled up.

“Coming home soon,” he said.

“omg omg omg,” one fan said. “soon as in 22 years or soon soon? please elaborate,” another added. “whennnnn omg I’m dying to know! He needs his own legit show asapppp,” another fan said.

Most of the replies ask Passage for clarification as to exactly when the “Tiger King” will be a free man. And, if true, is it due to the help of a celebrity (like the Kardashians, whom he reached out to) or that presidential pardon request?

Here’s what Passage’s family thinks about the 22-year sentence

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She loves him as much as I do

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In the same interview, Passage revealed that Maldonado-Passage has met half of [Passage’s] family.

“They’re very supportive of mine and Joe’s relationship and they wish us the best,” he said.

He went on to explain that when Maldonado-Passage was first arrested they were “leery.” However, once Tiger King released, Passage said they believed his husband was “set up.”

It remains to be seen if or when “Joe Exotic” will be released from prison. In the meantime, fans can continue stalking those comment sections for Passage’s cryptic messages.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is available on Netflix now.