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Joe Exotic Wants Carole Baskin to Get Him Out of Prison

The woman he tried to have killed has offered an olive branch, but Joe Exotic wants the whole tree.

Just over a year on from the world's introduction to Tiger King, Joe Exotic — AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage — is still in prison, and he is seeking an unlikely partnership to win his freedom.

Having failed to secure a pardon from Donald Trump because he was, in Joe's words, "too innocent and too gay to deserve a pardon from Trump," he's now turning to the most unlikely of sources for help: Carole Baskin.

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You Can't Change My Mind: Carole Baskin and Hillary Clinton Are the Same Person

Isn't it weird how you've never seen them in the same room?

This summer Hulu announced that the streaming service will be producing a new drama called Rodham.

The show will imagine an alternate version of Hillary Rodham's life in which she never married Bill Clinton. It's interesting enough as a premise, and it will probably get a lot of buzz. My only problem is that I already watched it in March, back when it was called Tiger King.

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Is Carole Baskin Inheriting a Haunted "Indian" Burial Ground with Tiger King Zoo?

Current owner Jeff Lowe claims there are bodies, including "a young American Indian boy," buried on the property

It was recently reported that Carole Baskin had been awarded the property of the Tiger King Zoo—formerly the G.W. Zoo—in Wynnewood, Oklahoma after a judgment found in her favor.

As fans of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King will know, her long-standing legal feud with Joe Exotic (AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage, né Shreibvogel) over his violation of the Big Cat Rescue trademark resulted in a million dollar settlement in her favor. But for the most part Exotic managed to dodge paying Baskin through a series of illegal property transfers that temporarily protected his animal park from seizure.

Now that Exotic is in prison for attempting to have Baskin murdered—along with illegal animal trafficking and several violations of the Endangered Species Act—a judge has finally ruled that the park is hers, and she will be taking over ownership of the 16-acre property later this year. But Jeff Lowe—the park's current owner and the personification of a mid-life crisis—insists that there are no hard feelings, saying, "She deserves this property."

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Is Carole Baskin Really "Just as Bad as Joe Exotic"?

Tiger King depicted Baskin's Big Cat Rescue as equivalent to Joe Exotic's zoo, but that's far from the truth.

If Netflix's hit documentary Tiger King could be said to have one villain (twist: they're all villains), it's Carole Baskin.

Apart from any speculation about her past crimes, the documentary did a good job of selling the perspective that her so-called "sanctuary" was equivalent to the blatantly exploitative and inhumane operations of figures like Joe Exotic and Doc Antle. Rick Kirkham, the TV producer who sought to turn Joe's life into a reality show put it bluntly, calling her "just as bad as Joe [Exotic]," and asserting that "They were both, you know, taking advantage of exotic animals to make money."

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On SNL, Brad Pitt's Dr. Fauci Finally Says What He's Really Thinking

Pitt's cold open was a sincere tribute to Dr. Fauci's role on the coronavirus task force, mixed with a healthy dose of shade

The second episode of Saturday Night Live at Home aired this weekend, with cast members once again putting on performances in their own homes.

There were a number of highlights, including Kate McKinnon reprising her role as the crazy cat lady of Whiskers R We (not to be confused with her upcoming role as Carole Baskin), and Kyle Mooney staging a surrealist nightmare-party populated by ten different versions of himself. But probably the most notable segment was Brad Pitt's cold open as Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

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Joe Exotic Is in Talks to Host His Own Radio Show from Prison

The Star of Tiger King wants to make the most of his fame—while serving a 22-year prison sentence

Joe Exotic has always wanted to be famous.

You don't pursue magic, music, TV, politics, animal training, and branded underwear and condoms if you don't have something of an obsession with celebrity. Now that he's finally become a household name, he can hardly enjoy it because he's stuck in prison, serving a 22-year sentence on two charges of murder for hire and various offenses involving the treatment and sale of his big cats. But there is still one medium that Joseph Maldonado-Passage—AKA Joe Exotic—has yet to pursue, and which may be his ticket to the audience he's always craved: Talk radio.

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