Things are getting pretty dire for Joe Exotic. The controversial former zoo operator, who was the subject of the hit Netflix docuseries, Tiger King, is currently serving 22 years behind bars for murder for hire and animal cruelty charges. Writing from his prison cell, Joe Exotic recently claimed that he will be dead in 2-3 months if President Donald Trump doesn’t issue a pardon.
‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic releases a new letter about his life behind bars
Following the popularity of Tiger King, Joe has emerged as a controversial figure in the media. Some fans see Joe as nothing more than a comical figure from years gone by while others believe he is an animal-abusing villain who deserves to be in prison.
But as far as Joe is concerned, he remains adamant that he is innocent of the charges that put him behind bars. He has even begged Trump to issue him a pardon, a request that has fallen on deaf ears (Trump has acknowledged that he will think about pardoning Joe).
With a pardon seemingly out the window, Joe has officially issued a plea to the public. According to TMZ, Joe sent an open letter to his fans asking for them to go to bat on his behalf.
“Just would like to be my own voice for a change,” Joe wrote. “Thank you all so very much for the support and love from all around the world. The pandemic is over and now I ask you to ask President Trump to keep his word and look into making this wrong a right and grant me a miricle [sic].”
It is important to note that Trump never said he was going to pardon the Tiger King star, he just hinted that he is open to the idea was the current crisis is over. While Joe believes that a pardon might be in his future, his letter turned pretty desperate after the opening.
Joe Exotic says he’ll be ‘dead in 2-3 months’ it’s like being on ‘death row’
In his letter, Joe assured fans that he will not last much longer if Trump doesn’t pardon him. After writing about how his “soul is dead,” Joe admitted that he struggles on a daily basis to “hold on to what little hope I can find.”
Joe then revealed that he has lost a bunch of weight and is currently suffering from an auto-immune disease. The Tiger King star says that he needs constant blood transfusions to keep the illness at bay and has not received one in months.
“I’m loosing [sic] weight, sores won’t heal, I’ll be dead in 2-3 months,” he shared. “It’s like I have been sent to death row.”
Joe’s letter takes some strange turns from there. At one point, he compares himself to George Floyd and said that his “message got (abandoned)” over greed, just like George’s message has gotten “lost on the riots.”
As Tiger King fans are well aware, Joe is serving 22 years for paying a hitman to kill Carole Baskin. What is interesting is that she recently made the news after a judge gave her Joe’s old zoo.
Joe’s husband Dillon comes to his defense
In light of the letter, Joe’s husband, Dillon Passage, took to Twitter to express his thoughts on what his partner is going through in prison.
“My heart is breaking after reading Joe’s letter,” Dillon stated. “He is living in hell right now and I’m outraged by the way he is being treated.”
Dillon noted that despite what Joe is experiencing behind bars he is still “standing by him.” He also assured fans that he spends most of his life “alone at home,” where he misses Joe greatly.
He added that he sends Joe’s letters on a frequent basis and that he is disappointed that some of his letters do not go through. The Tiger King star is apparently limited to the number of letters he receives every day and sometimes Dillon’s notes do not make the cut.
In his letter, Joe explained how some fans have told him that Dillon is living the high life while he suffers behind bars. He also revealed that he has not received a letter from Dillon in a long time and feels abandoned.
‘Tiger King’ star Jeff Lowes dishes on Joe’s plea for a pardon
At this point, it seems unlikely that Joe will receive a pardon. Although Joe’s legal team is working hard behind the scenes, Trump has not said anything further about freeing him from prison.
In an interview with Fox News, Tiger King star Jeff Lowe revealed that he doesn’t think Joe has a shot at getting a pardon.
“He is not going to get pardoned. Donald Trump is not gonna pardon this guy,” Jeff shared.
Jeff added that Joe has a “diva personality” and called him a narcissist. Although he doesn’t believe Joe will secure a pardon, he also doesn’t think Joe is going to stop lobbying for one.
“Joe has that diva personality. Most narcissists do. So of course he’s gonna go and take it to where the buck stops, and that’s at the White House,” he added.
Fans can stream Tiger King on Netflix.