Carole Baskin admits she’s ‘nervous’ about Louis Theroux’s Tiger King documentary

Sandra Salathe
Monday 05 April 2021 20:02
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(Rex Features)

There’s an immense amount of anticipation building for Louis Theroux’s upcoming documentary on Joe Exotic, but one person who seems devoid of excitement is none other than Carole Baskin.

The BBC documentary, cleverly titled Shooting Joe Exotic, airs on Monday evening, and centers around Theroux’s popular interview with Exotic from a decade ago.

If you weren’t among the individuals who became obsessed with Exotic last year, when Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness arrived on Netflix, it’s safe to assume you missed out on one of the most iconic feuds of the decade.

The series focused largely on the rivalry between Exotic, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, and Baskin, as well as their obsession with massive big cats.

At the moment, Exotic is serving time in prison for plotting Baskin’s murder. Yeah, it was that kind of relationship.

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Theroux interviewed Baskin and her husband for his new documentary, and according to The Mirror, Baskin is “nervous” because she didn’t have an opportunity to preview it beforehand.

“I felt like he had dealt pretty fairly with most of the subjects that he had talked about and we felt it was worth the risk, and we won’t know until we see it. […] We were nervous, but we really feel like he is a man of integrity and that he will treat the issue fairly,” Baskin told The Mirror.

“I’m sure that if we were the people doing the editing, it would be very different than what his edit person is going to do because of the need to attract viewers and such. We’re just all about getting the facts out there,” she added.

Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic airs Monday, April 5, at 9pm on BBC Two.

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