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Tiger King's Carole Baskin refuses second series and tells producers 'lose my number'

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 2021-05-31
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Tiger King's Carole Baskin refuses second series and tells producers 'lose my number'

Carole Baskin has ruled out appearing in a second series of the megawatt Netflix show Tiger King, which occupied so many of us during the first UK national lockdown.

A second series is on its way, according to a report from the BBC which revealed that Netflix has secured the rights to make more of the show.

But Carole isn't tempted to go back, after she was unhappy with the way her story was presented, specifically the way in which producers handled the sensitive case of the death of her ex-husband Don Lewis.

Tiger King's Joe Exotic believes Don was fed to a tiger by Carole and shared his theory several times on the documentary.

Former Dancing With The Stars contestant Carole strenuously denies any claims she killed her first husband, who went missing in 1997.

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Carole Baskin says she will not star in another series of Tiger King (Image: Netflix / The Hollywood Archive)

"I told them to lose my number," Carole has said, rubbishing any idea of her returning to the show. "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.”

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The Netflix star says the fallout from the show was too much (Image: Netflix)

Carole revealed she'd been receiving nuisance calls after the show had aired. “The first three months my phone rang incessantly with people screaming obscenities. After that it slowed down,” she told PageSix.

“I didn’t take it personally, but it really affected my husband and daughter. If someone said something about someone you love, you would want to protect them.”

Further details of the second series are as yet unknown, although a couple of the stars of the first season, James Garretson and John Reinke, have teased details to fans who have paid for personalised messages from the actors via Cameo, according to the outlet.

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Joe Exotic, who was in series one, is now imprisoned so cannot take part (Image: Netflix US/AFP via Getty Images)

Joe Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the original owner of the animal park the first series of Tiger King focused on, is currently in prison for plotting to murder Carole Baskin and animal abuse charges, so would be unable to appear on the second series. It was also recently announced that Joe is suffering from prostate cancer.

Jeff Lowe, another figure from the original crime documentary series, currently owns the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, in Oklahoma, the park that Joe previously owned where much of Tiger King was filmed, but he has been forced to vacate the 54-acre property after authorities found animals in severely unhealthy conditions. The zoo is now closed.

There were plenty of other figures in the series tangled up in the warfare between Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin, so it's plausible a second series could feature many of them speaking out about the effect the documentary has had on their lives.

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