Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that everyone can’t get enough of Netflix’s Tiger King. This jaw-dropping docuseries that streamed online seems to have taken the world by storm. If you haven’t seen it already, then it’s about high time you do. With intrigue, drama, plots, and conspiracy theories, it seems the show does have a little bit of everything. However, if you are a fan of the show, here are some of the things about the story you may have missed.
Joe used to be the chief of police
After watching the show, it won’t come as a shock that Joe once served a chief of police to a small Texas town. As crazy as it sounds, it is completely true, and for a brief moment, Joe was Cheif Joe.
Before he became the tiger king, Joe was one of only a few police officers in a small town, and when the chief of police spot opened up, Joe was the only one available for the job. It didn’t last long, though, and soon, Joe moved on to bigger and brighter things.
Joe has had many husbands
According to sources, Joe had many other husbands before marrying John and Travis. Joe was once married to a man who was arrested for murder, as well as a man who sadly died.
After that, he met John and Travis, and after his divorce from John and Travis’s death, he finally met Dillon. It seems he may finally found true love with Dillon.
Zoo Employees were forced to sign nondisclosure agreements
In the series, we see some employees being interviewed about what it was like working for Joe. However, many of them found the interviews very difficult. Because the employees had signed non-disclosure agreements when they began working for Joe, there were a lot of things that employees couldn’t talk about in their interviews.
Very few of the employees were willing to talk to the cameras, and in the end, even the director was sure he only managed to get part of the story from the employees. Imagine the secrets they still keep to this day.
Joe doesn’t actually sing
Okay so let us be honest, Joe Exotic has quite a distinctive voice. And many were surprised by how much better his voice sounded in his music videos. Well, it should come as no surprise that Joe didn’t do the vocals for his songs.
Thats’ right, Joe’s big hits like ‘Here kitty kitty’ and ‘I saw a tiger’ were recorded by someone else. However, each of his music videos still has a unique Joe Exotic feel, with Joe starring in and often directing his videos.
Joe would shoot music videos behind peoples backs
Visitors to the zoo were often caught off guard by Joe’s impromptu film shoots. Many of the visitors to the zoo ended up being filmed for music videos without getting a heads up. Joe constantly had a film crew with him for the docuseries and his online show. As visitors to the zoo gathered to see the tigers, Joe would suddenly start lipsyncing and looking at the camera that was often filming crowds and staff.
Afterward, Joe would tell the cameraman to use the footage for a music video. Naturally, zoo visitors were pretty confused and uncomfortable by this strange behavior.
The director is a reptile guy
The director of the series didn’t set out to follow Joe and a bunch of big cat breeders. Instead, he was after a story about endangered reptiles.
This makes sense when you consider that the director is a collector of rare reptiles. He is the reptile version of the big cat people we see on the show, and he owns several of his own reptiles.
Joe was secretly trying to breed a new species
Well, it doesn’t get crazier than this. In the show, we often heard the characters refer to ligers, a lion/tiger hybrid. But it seems Joe’s ambitions were bigger than that. Joe believed that he could breed a new species of big cat by interbreeding, tigers, lions, panthers, jaguars, and ligers.
While he certainly managed to bread some unusual cats, its nothing compared to what Joe was hoping to achieve. Do you think Joe would have eventually created a new species?
The show has sparked new interest in an old case
Shortly after the series aired, the local police in the county where Carole lives started to get a lot of new tips about the disappearance of Carole’s husband.
In fact, at one point, police were getting so many new and credible tips that they had to open a special hotline for the calls. Detectives say they receive at least six tips a week that are credible and slowly, but surely this renewed interest is starting to reinvigorate this cold case. Pretty soon, detectives say they will be able to solve the riddle.
Joe has kids
Back when Joe was still living in Texas, and before he met his first tiger, Joe was in a relationship with a woman named Kim.
Joe and Kim had a son named Brandon, and today Brandon is 38 years old. Sadly over the years, Brandon didn’t see much of his dad, although we can’t be sure why.
Cardi B wants to free Joe from prison
After watching the show, many of us had something to say about it on social media. Even top celebrities posted about it. However, Cardi B was so passionate about it; she was willing to start a Go Fund Me campaign to free Joe.
She isn’t the only one, and many celebrities believe there wasn’t enough evidence to convict Joe for plotting to kill Carole. Many also strongly believe that Carole killed her husband.
Carole hates the show so much she wants to sue
It should come as no surprise to fans of the show that maybe Carole Baskin won’t be too pleased with how she was portrayed. In classic Carole fashion, she has said that she may sue the show for twisting her words and making it seem that she was guilty.
As Joe himself knows, Carole likes to get the courts involved when she feels she isn’t getting her way. While no lawsuits have been filed yet, Carole has stated several times that she didn’t like the show. One thing is for sure; if this ever got to a courtroom, you can be sure that Carole would wear something leopard print.
Joe was already in prison by the time the series aired
As the show aired, it seems like the whole story was unfolding in front of us. In actual fact, the series had been filmed over five years. By the time the show aired, Joe had already been in prison for almost two years of his sentence.
So while we thought these things were quite recent, by the time viewers were all caught up, it was all over already.
Carole’s missing husband isn’t the only one who got a restraining order against her
Many of Carole’s exes have come forward and spoken about Carole’s violent side. Right after her husband’s suspicious disappearance, Carole started dating Jay Baykal, who found out pretty quickly that Carole has a temper.
He and Carole had a very rocky relationship, and eventually, he had had enough. After he broke up with her, he had to get a restraining order to protect himself, and he quickly moved and changed numbers to get away from her. It seems like Carole may be hiding quite a bit from the public.
Carole doesn’t get how bad her behavior looks
After the show aired, many people spoke out about Carole, her zoo/ sanctuary, and her husband’s disappearance. One of these people was Kim Kardashian. When Kim tweeted about whether people thought Carole killed her husband, Carole replied to Kim with a thank you and an invitation to hang out.
Not only that, but Carole has continued to try and raise money on social media for her zoo and continues to act as if the show never happened. We guess she doesn’t understand the concept of bad press.
Doc Antle also hates the show
It seems like Carole, Doc Antle didn’t like the way he was portrayed on the show. His main grudge against the show is not anything about the way he treats the animals, but rather the way his relationships were portrayed.
Apparently, he didn’t like how producers made it look like he was running a cult. He also didn’t like that they said he was married, and in most recent interviews, he was quick to stress how he wasn’t a married man and rather only had the occasional girlfriends.
Saff isn’t actually a woman
During filming the show, we learn the story of how zookeeper Saff lost his arm to a tiger attack. However, the producers continually referred to Saff as a woman even though he identifies as a man.
We aren’t sure why producers chose to do this, but in the episode where Saff was attacked, you can hear him being referred to as a man by the person talking to the dispatcher.
Joe’s ex actually has teeth
When Joe’s ex-husband John was interviewed for the show, he was shown sitting shirtless and with nasty teeth. But it turns out that was just what producers wanted us to see. At that point, John was doing well for himself.
He was a family man with a wife and kids, and he had managed to get far away from the zoo. He also didn’t have bad teeth. Producers asked John to remove his dentures for the interview, and for some reason, he agreed. John also didn’t lose his teeth because of drug addiction; he lost his teeth after a motorcycle accident years earlier.
Doc Antle once worked for Britney Spears
Yeah, that’s right, the princess of pop once employed Doc Antle to help keep the tigers and reptiles she used in her live shows. Doc was responsible for providing the wild animals and was always available on stage to help keep them in check.
Some say he was so impressed with Britney’s blond locks that when he came home, both he and his girlfriends changed their hair to match Brits. Pretty weird!
Doc Antle has a son just like him
While we only got to see him for a split second on the show, Doc Antle has a full-grown son who wants to be just like his dad. Kody Antle fancies himself just like a younger version of his dad and wants to carry on running the farm for his dad. It’s unclear who Kody’s mom is, but he is the spitting image of his father.
Kody loves how his dad runs the farm and also has the same belief system about family and relationships. Kody likes to tell people that he is a real-life Tarzan who was raised by tigers, and he is more than ready to make a brand for himself. Look out ladies, it seems he is also on the market and looking for love.
Joe is not a healthy man
Remember seeing Joe with the leg brace? Well, that was just one of a series of health scares Joe had in recent years. Joe has been hospitalized repeatedly over the years with broken bones, infections, and even TB.
Recently his husband Dillon took to social media to announce that its possible Joe caught the most recent global virus while in prison. It seems for someone whose immune system is already compromised, perhaps prison isn’t the best place for Joe.
There is still a weekly Joe Exotic Podcast
Robert Moor’s podcast titled Joe Exotic: Tiger King has been on air since before the Netflix docuseries. Each week the podcast digs deeper into the details of Joe’s story.
The podcast has even more details about the characters than the show, and sometimes they even talk with Joe from prison. If you are a fan of the show, then you might want to check out the podcast for more details and gossip.
Carole and her husband love dressing up as cats
If you watched the show, you saw those weird wedding pictures where Carole and her new husband are posing as Fred and Wilma Flintstone. Believe it or not, those were a couple of wedding pictures.
It should be no surprise to you then to know that the couple has also been photographed dressing up on other occasions. They both adore tiger print, and every chance they get, they will dress up as wild cats to promote their zoo.
The show downplays Joe’s previous acts
The show briefly discussed what Joe did before, but it doesn’t paint the full picture. Before the zoo, Joe would perform at malls, bar mitzvahs, and birthday parties as an amateur magician.
At the time, he only had a handful of animals, including one tiger and a chimp. It wasn’t nearly as hardcore as the show makes it out to be and not as bad as Carole describes.
Director Eric Goode wasn’t always a successful director but he is used to hanging out with the rich and famous. Back when being a director was just a dream, Goode was big on the Hollywood party scene and opened the famous hot spot Area, back in 1983.
Not only that but he has also opened several hotels including The Jane Hotel, The Bowery Hotel, and Waverly Inn. Some of the Tiger King cast heard about his past and couldn’t stop asking him questions about Goode’s times partying with the likes of Biana Jagger, Cher, and Madonna!
Baskin Is Not happy
Everyone came to love the Tiger King docuseries after how sensationalized everyone was in it. The characters were strong and each had their own, unique, and weird storyline. Of course, the cast didn’t think all of this would happen following the release of the docuseries and with fans speculating whether Carole Baskin got rid of her first husband or not, she’s not very happy about it.
Talking about the show she said, “There are no words for how disappointing it is to see that the series…has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers.”
The Tonight Show
Doc Antle may have ruffled a few feathers with his talk about animals but there was a time where this type of behavior wasn’t frowned upon, so much so that he was invited on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Doc Antle showed off his animal collection including his cats and reptiles.
It was back in February 2001 that an audience looked on as Jay Leno and Antle played with baby tigers on set.
Tiger King, The Movie
There has been a lot of talk about the Netflix show being turned into a Hollywood movie and the cast have already set their sights on which celebrities they want to play them. When Finley was asked he claimed he thought that Channing Tatum was the right person for the job, “I think it was 4-5 years ago.
He did a shout out to Alyssa Finlay—she had Stage 4 Breast Cancer, and one of her bucket lists was to have Channing Tatum give her a kiss. And he did on, I think it was Skype or something like that. Since he did that for my distant cousin, I would actually like him to play me.”
The Fire At The Zoo
There were lots to say about who set the zoo on fire and killed the crocodiles and managed to burn all of Rick Kirkham’s films but the arson didn’t stop there. After the fire, Kirkham decided to move to Dallas, Texas.
After just six months, after rumors spread that he still had some coverage from the zoo, his house in Texas was also burned down!
Is he under control?
There were a few moments between Carole Baskin and her new husband Howard Baskin that were rather uncomfortable on the show. Some people even spoke out about how Howard looked totally controlled every time he spoke – thus leading people to believe even more so that Carole killed her first husband.
Wanting to support his wife, Howard spoke out on a Facebook video saying, “In 15 years of living together, we have never had an argument. We have never even had a harsh word where the other had to come back later and say, ‘I’m sorry I said that.”
Lack of evidence
Baskin certainly got everyone talking whether she did or didn’t do it but what did the filmmakers think? For the majority of the Tiger King cast, they were pretty convinced that she 100% killed her husband but who knows? When one of the filmmakers were asked, they said, “We subpoenaed phone records, and they don’t exist anymore in the records,” Chaiklin told Esquire.
“We’ve done so many things that we were trying to follow up on, and there’s just such a lack of evidence that it’s really difficult to pursue it further.”
The G.W Zoo
The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park is still open however there aren’t many guests showing up. Lowe originally thought that the docuseries would see a surge of visitors to the park however due to the current pandemic, no one is showing up, meaning there is no income.
Goode spoke to Entertainment Weekly saying, “All I can tell you is that he [Jeff Lowe] is basically operating on fumes. No one is going now and there’s no source of income, and that’s been going on for a long time.”
Jeff Lowe’s Portrayal
Jeff Lowe’s character came across loud and clear on the Netflix show with one too many cringe-worthy scenes. There were plenty of innuendos that his girlfriend, and now mother of his child Lauren, was more than happen to laugh about. From talk of their nanny and much more, Lowe seemed to be impressed with how he came across on the show, “Lauren and I just finished watching the Tiger King.
Overall, we think they did a good job. A little sensationalism here and there, but for the most part, it was a decent Readers Digest version, telling the story of a sick, twisted animal abuser. Joe Exotic.”
Remember those alligator that sadly lost their lives in that mysterious fire, well they were even more unique then we were led to believe. The Los Angeles Times once published a story that was titled, “Michael Jackson’s Alligators Burned Alive in Animal Park Fire.”
With a little more digging, it was discovered that one of Jackson’s alligators was indeed living at the zoo after Joe Exotic purchased it and it actually survived the fire.
As well as a Hollywood movie, there are rumors of a miniseries based on the podcast that already has a familiar celebrity face signed up to it. Moor said that Kate McKinnon has been cast to play Carole Baskin, however, no other casting decisions have been made yet.
McKinnon will also be the executive producer on the show working with Marshall Lewy and Hernan Lopez. The show was great but we’re wondering how many people are interested in anything else.
Not His First
Joe Exotic’s confidence oozed throughout the whole show and it was clear to audiences that he was absolutely in his element. In fact, it wasn’t Exotic’s first time appearing in a documentary. In 2011, he worked with Louis Theroux in America’s Most Dangerous Pets.
At the time the journalist visited the animal park there were around 200 big cats living there. He was quick to tune into the show once it aired.
What Did He Think?
After already being up, close and personal with Joe Exotic and the animals at the zoo, Louis Theroux spoke out about his feelings after watching the docuseries, “Just finished watching #TigerKing on #Netflix. I have a lot of thoughts that I’ll post in a considered form in the next day or two.
In the meantime, here is me and Joe back in the day and a link to the doc I did on the player. https://t.co/oaVffJZl5j pic.twitter.com/VzMLHin2q1.” Of course, he got his plugin there!
Loving His Fame
Although Joe exotic was already in prison by the time the Netflix show aired that has not stopped him from hearing about his newfound fame. From Tiktok videos to a huge social media presence and more, we’re sure Joe wished he was out of prison to relish in the limelight.
When speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Goode said, “Joe has called me quite a few times over the last few days and weeks. One, he is absolutely ecstatic about the series and the idea of being famous.”
The cast of Tiger King spoke out about how Joe was always looking for a new way to make some extra money for himself and at one point he had a truly wild idea.
Moor talked about how Joe had an idea to open up a dance club that also operated as a petting zoo. His plan was to buy some land next to the animal park and open the Tigers and Dreams club.
His Beloved Ferrari
Jeff Lowe always looked very chuffed with himself when he was driving around in his Ferrari on the show but after coming into some money troubles, he had to sell it. Pop Culture shared that “Lowe said he and Lauren are committed to the care of hundreds of animals who rely on us to keep them safe and healthy.
“However Lowe stands by that his biggest contribution will always be taking down Joe Exotic.
Jeff Lowe’s Nanny
She may have only been mentioned a few times towards the end of the show but Jeff Lowe’s nanny has been able to find fame off the back of it. In fact, the words “Jeff Lowe Nanny” has become one of the most googled things in the world more recently.
Regularly posting photos on her Instagram she has racked up plenty of followers and loves to share pictures of her, Jeff and Lauren.