Since then, the world’s obsession with Joe Exotic et al hasn’t much wained, and we’ve had news of prequel called Investigating the Strange World of Joe Exotic, a miniseries starring Nicolas Cage, and now – drum roll please – the news of a second season.
Thanks to the whirlwind that was 2020-21, we thought nothing could surprise us anymore. Then came the rumours that Tiger King would be returning for another totally unhinged series. And guess what? It’s happening!
At the beginning of lockdown back in March 2020, Netflix kept us thoroughly entertained with the 10-part docuseries about the eccentric, gun-toting, country ballad-singing, tiger-owning Joe Exotic, who ran an exotic animal zoo and eventually – spoiler alert – was banged up on charges of animal abuse and murder-to-hire involving one Carole Baskin.
Netflix announced the news earlier this week in a tweet, saying, “Tiger King is coming back this year – and Season 2 promises just as much mayhem and madness as Season 1!”
Joe Exotic has reportedly agreed to take part in the series alongside his husband Dillon Passage and Jeff Lowe, who took over the zoo in 2016. As of yet, there’s no news on what the second season would entail, especially considering that Joe is serving a 22-year sentence in federal prison and Jeff Lowe and his wife, Lauren Lowe, are already filming a spin-off show for Netflix.
He told People: “It’ll be our narrative on the Tiger King with evidence to support our sides of the stories, and it will be about the transfer of all these beautiful animals from Joe’s facility to the new facility [Jeff is set to open a new zoo – Tiger King Park – in Oklahoma], and then the day-to-day struggle of running something as big as a 60-acre animal park and all the intricacies of the employment of zookeepers and fighting all of the animal rights groups.”
But what about Baskin? While The Sun reported that the 59-year-old CEO of Big Cat Rescue was demanding £1 million to take part in the second season, she denied this to RadioTimes.com, saying that she had no desire to return.
“No one has asked me to participate in a second round of Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness and there is no amount of money that would cause me to trust the producers again after their sick betrayal of the animals and me.”
She continued: “I wasn’t paid the first time around, although several people have come forward saying they were paid. That violates the very nature of a documentary along with so many other things that were staged and taken out of context.”
Netflix also confirmed they’re releasing a bounty of juicy documentaries to keep us occupied through the winter months, including The Tinder Swindler, about the women who bought down a prolific conman who posed as a playboy on Tinder; Bad Vegan, about a woman who falls in love with a conman who convinces her he can make her dog immortal” (send help); and Trust No One: The Hunt For The Crypto King, about – you guessed it – a conman.