‘Tiger King’: Joe Exotic Could Be Getting a Radio Show and Would Host From Prison

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness is one docuseries that keeps going long after its release. The Netflix hit made Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) the star he always dreamed himself to be. Ironically, “Joe Exotic” hasn’t viewed Tiger King just yet. He’s currently serving a 22-year sentence on animal abuse violations and an alleged murder-for-hire plot against arch-nemesis, Carole Baskin. Still, the charges may not keep the reality star from pursuing his dreams — like hosting a radio show from prison. Here’s what we know.

Joseph Maldonado-Passage is still in quarantine amid COVID-19 pandemic scare

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Tiger King star Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) is still under quarantine three weeks after inmates at his Texas prison tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Previously, Maldonado-Passage’s fourth husband, Dillon, told Andy Cohen via SiriusXM’s Radio Andy the two had been speaking “three to five times every day,” until they moved Maldonado-Passage to isolation, quarantined separately from other inmates.

Dillon said his husband is “holding up,” but “kind of sad because he can’t talk to people like he could before so that is taking a toll on him.” He added that he doesn’t know when Maldonado-Passage will be released from quarantine.

Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year sentence for allegedly hiring a hitman to murder Big Cat Rescue oner, Carole Baskin. Dillon said he’s only spoken to Maldonado-Passage “twice since his transfer to the facility.” 

“He wishes he could talk more. He doesn’t really get phone-call privileges mainly because he’s still in isolation for the coronavirus stuff.”

However, he added, “[Maldonado-Passage’s] test results did come back negative for the virus.”

Is ‘Joe Exotic’ getting a radio show from prison?

Regardless of Maldonado-Passage’s current status, he’s reportedly planning to host a radio talk show, which would broadcast from jail.

“This radio station here in the US wants him to have his own radio show from inside the prison,” Dillon told Metro UK.

The details on the negotiations weren’t mentioned. How this would work or what broadcaster would host the former zookeeper, also weren’t disclosed. But, Dillon said the idea is “kind of mind-blowing.”

He added that Maldonado-Passage wants to take on the opportunities coming his way after the success of Tiger King.

“I know he absolutely loves the attention,” Dillon said. “He’s got a load of really good feedback, a lot of letters, a lot of e-mails.”‘

Dillon has no intention of leaving ‘Joe Exotic’

Despite the 22-year sentence, Dillon is sticking to his husband’s side — whom he’d only been married to eight months before Maldonado-Passage’s arrest.

“Joe has told me multiple times that he doesn’t want me to be alone and that if I find somebody worthy of spending the rest of my life with then he would be totally supportive of that,” he told E! News

“I am loyal to Joe and I am sticking by his side, and if it comes to a point where I need to find somebody I will have that conversation Joe and I will have.” 

It’s unclear if, or when, this radio show could happen — or of it should. In the meantime, Dillon continues providing all “Joe Exotic” updates to quelch your Tiger King thirst.

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