Netflix’s hit Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness has helped curb boredom as we practice social distancing and self-isolation. However, as addictive as the show is, there are some interesting facts about the show and Joe Exotic, the Tiger King himself, which were left out.
To recap, Tiger King is the number one show currently on Netflix. The 7-episode docuseries focuses on the exotic animal park own by Joseph Maldonado-Passage (Joe Exotic) in Oklahoma. The show has numerous storylines, including Joe Exotic’s park, multiple husbands, and larger than life personality. There’s also his feud with Carole Baskin, owner of a big cat sanctuary, bizarre videos about Baskin’s missing husband, as well as his failed campaigns for president and governor, and his failed country-music career.
15 Facts About Tiger King
If you haven’t watched the series yet, head over to Netflix (Free 7-day trial) and watch it now. For Tiger King fans, here are some missing facts that help answer some of the questions we’ve all be left with:
1. Joe Exotic was Chief of Police in Eastvale, Texas when he was 19 years old.
2. Kelci Saffey, one of Joe’s employees, lost his hand because he reached into the cage instead of using the provided stick. The guilty tiger was not put down but rather removed from display.
3. The pink-shirt wedding with three grooms was Joe Exotic’s idea.
4. Some of the alligators at the Oklahoma park came from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.
5. John Finlay, one of Joe Exotic’s lovers, got his teeth fixed.
6. John Reinke, former manager of the animal park, actually lost his legs in a bungee-jump accident, not a ziplining accident as stated in the show. He fell 64.99-feet to the ground, landing on a 6-inch metal stake, resulting in 20+ operations.
7. Shaquille O’Neal is NOT friends with Joe Exotic. He visited the park but was unaware of what was going on behind the scenes.
8. The baby cubs visitors paid to pet were taken from their mothers immediately at birth. Often getting sick with ringworm and mange from being handled so much.
9. Joe Exotic only played the role of a country music star. Most of the songs were sung by Vince Johnson and Danny Clinton, with Joe Exotic only singing parts on certain songs.
10. Joe Exotic’s presidential and governor bids were publicity stunts. In his bid for Governor of Oklahoma, he got 664 votes. In his presidential bid, he secured 962 votes.
11. Joe Exotic actually had four husbands. His first husband was J.C. Hartpence, who is in prison for a murder he committed after his divorce from Joe.
12. Cardi B wants to help get Joe Exotic out of jail and tweeted she was going to start a GoFundMe page to help pay his legal expenses. It’s still to be determined if she’s joking.
13. Carole Baskin is not a fan of the Tiger King docuseries claiming it’s sole goal is to draw in as many viewers as possible by being salacious and sensational.
14. Don Lewis, Carole Baskin’s husband, is still missing (since 1997). His disappearance remains a mystery.
15. Universal Studios is working on a miniseries based on the Joe Exotic podcast that will be produced by Kate McKinnon, Hernan Lopez, and Marshall Lewy.