Tiger King’s Carole Baskin brands Netflix doc ‘salacious and sensational’ – claiming bosses ‘didn’t care about the truth’

TIGER King’s Carole Baskin has branded the Netflix documentary ‘salacious and sensational’ – claiming bosses ‘didn’t care about the truth’.

The docu-series follows eccentric animal collector Joe Exotic and his bitter rivalry with animal activist Carole, culminating in him hiring a hitman to kill her.

Despite his incarceration, Joe has made extreme claims that Carole killed her first husband, Jack 'Don' Lewis.

Don went missing in 1997 after 'going away to Costa Rica' and never returning.

He was declared legally dead in 2002, and Carole has vehemently denied Joe's accusations that she killed Don and either buried his body under a septic tank, or fed him to her tigers.

Since the seven-episode series first launched on Netflix, Carole has slammed it in a scathing blog post, calling it "salacious and sensational".


She wrote: "When the directors of the Netflix documentary Tiger King came to us five years ago they said they wanted to make the big cat version of Blackfish (the documentary that exposed abuse at SeaWorld) that would expose the misery caused by the rampant breeding of big cat cubs for cub petting exploitation and the awful life the cats lead in roadside zoos and back yards if they survive.

"There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the docuseries not only does not do any of that but has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers."

Carole also addressed the way the series portrayed her first marriage to Don.

She continued: "[Tiger King] has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don 21 years ago.

"The series presents this without any regard for the truth or in most cases even giving me an opportunity before publication to rebut the absurd claims.

"They did not care about truth. The unsavoury lies are better for getting viewers."

The producers of the series and Netflix are yet to respond to Carole's comments in her blog.

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

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