‘Tiger King’ Star Carole Baskin Might Actually Return for Season 2 — but There’s a Catch
Hey, all you cool cats and kittens — season 2 of Tiger King is headed to Netflix. Following a successful (albeit controversial) first season, a few of the show’s biggest stars have agreed to take part. However, Big Cat Rescue owner, Carole Baskin was holding out. Now, negotiations reveal she could agree if the price is right.
Season 2 of ‘Tiger King’ is coming and ‘Joe Exotic’ wants to clear his name
With more than 64 million viewers, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Madness became a viral sensation for the streaming service. Conveyed in seven parts, the docuseries peeled back the layers to reveal the lives and rivalries of big cat owners.
Stars of the series, Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic), his husband Dillon Passage, and zookeeper Jeff Lowe, have all agreed to participate in season 2.
Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for conspiring to have Carole Baskin killed. Other charges include more than a dozen wildlife violations in relation to tigers from his former zoo.
After requesting a presidential pardon that never came, Maldonado-Passage insists on his innocence. He reportedly wants to utilize his time in season 2 to clear his name.
A court handed Maldonado-Passage’s zoo to rival, Baskin. The move forced Jeff and Lauren Lowe out. They acquired the zoo following Maldonado-Passage’s poor business dealings.
It’s unclear when season 2 of Tiger King will happen. Baskin first rebuffed the idea.
Carole Baskin might appear on ‘Tiger King 2’
While talks of season 2 continue, Baskin hasn’t hesitated to cash in on her part. Through coronavirus (COVID-19) masks and personalized cameo videos, Baskin’s “claim-to-fame” not only puts more money toward Big Cat Rescue, but also opens up old wounds.
This is why Baskin has requested a “seven-figure sum,” an insider told The Sun.
“It’s around the $1million mark. She wants to plough it into her Florida sanctuary, Big Cat Rescue,” the source said. “Taking part in Tiger King opened up her private life and she wants to make sure it’s worth her while.”
One aspect of the unwanted fame resurfaced the unsolved case of her missing husband, Don Lewis, which has gained as much traction as Maldonado-Passage’s murder-for-hire plot against Baskin.
Even celebrities have taken aim. The Tiger King star recently engaged in a public confrontation with Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion after the video for “WAP” suggested Baskin killed Lewis, among other concerns.
“The worst part is that it glamorizes the idea of rich people having tigers as pets,” Baskin explained to Billboard about the video.
“That makes every ignorant follower want to imitate by doing the same. After tigers are too old for pay to play sessions by people like Joe Exotic, Bhagavan Antle, Marc McCarthy, Mario Tabraue, and others, they become a liability instead of an asset.”
Baskin previously stated she would not be involved in a second season, adding she felt deceived by the series.
“There is no amount of money that would cause me to trust the producers again after their sick betrayal of the animals and me,” she told Radio Times.
“I wasn’t paid the first time around, although several people have come forward saying they were paid. That violates the very nature of a documentary along with so many other things that were staged and taken out of context.”
However, with talks of paychecks tossed around, it seems as though Baskin, who married Howard Baskin, does have a price and creators might actually pay it.
Legal trouble might explain Baskin’s sudden change of heart
Despite having her personal life exposed and dissected, Baskin’s possible participation in Tiger King Season 2 speaks to recent legal troubles.
Lewis disappeared in 1997 and declared legally dead in 2002. His family hit Baskin with a lawsuit on Aug. 10. They’re suing the rescue owner for answers regarding Lewis’s case. Along with a $100,000 reward for anyone with information, they’ve also placed four billboards around the Tampa area, including one near Big Cat Rescue.
Baskin previously sued Maldonado-Passage for copyright infringement. She won a $1 million civil case and control of his zoo. If Baskin is charged and convicted, she may lose any money she’s made from the Tiger King trademark.
We’ll have to wait and see if Netflix can meet Baskin’s monetary demands.