Updated on Apr 2, 2020. Posted on Apr 2, 2020

    Everyone From "Tiger King" Has Reacted Differently To The Documentary — Here's What They've Said

    You probably won't be shocked to learn that nobody is in agreement.

    I'm sure you — along with what feels like everyone on the planet — have spent some of this time of isolation watching Tiger King, the new and absolutely wild Netflix docuseries following Oklahoma roadside zoo owner Joe Exotic.


    And if you ~have~ seen all seven episodes, you probably won't be at all surprised to know that most of the show's participants have had a fair few things to say about it since it aired.

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    Their responses range from calling the show "unsavoury lies" to saying it's "frighteningly accurate". So, without further ado, here's everything the cast of Tiger King has said about the show since it aired...

    1. Of course, Joe Exotic is currently incarcerated for the murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin. According to his husband, Dillon, Joe hasn't actually been able to watch the show, but is apparently "thrilled" at the attention he's been receiving since its release.


    Meanwhile, Doc Antle told TMZ that he's heard that the prison guards have shown Joe a few clips and some of the memes that have come out of the show.

    The documentary's creators, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, have also apparently received several phone calls from Joe in jail since the show aired, and told the LA Times that he is "absolutely ecstatic" and "over the moon" about the response it's received.

    "You can hardly talk to him without him mentioning the amount of press he’s getting," Chaiklin said. "He says people are asking to see his Prince Albert and girls are sending him sexy bikini pictures even though he’s gay. He’s over the moon."

    2. Meanwhile, Carole Baskin herself called the series "disappointing" and "salacious" in a post on the Big Cat Rescue website.


    In the post, titled "Refuting Netflix Tiger King", Carole said she had been approached with the idea of making a big cat version of Blackfish, but that the documentary ended up having "the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers".

    She wrote: "It has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don 21 years ago. The series presents this without any regard for the truth or in most cases even giving me an opportunity before publication to rebut the absurd claims. They did not care about truth. The unsavoury lies are better for getting viewers."

    3. As for Doc Antle, the owner of Myrtle Beach Safari in South Carolina, he called the documentary "a whole pack of untruths" and "a crazy train wreck of a story".

    He also refuted at length the claims of Barbara Fisher, who appeared in the second episode of the documentary as an ex-employee of Myrtle Beach Safari.


    According to Antle, Fisher — who said she began working for him at 16 and, among other things, was booked in to get breast implants against her will — was simply a "part-time babysitter" at the park.

    "She came in, watched my kids, got pregnant, moved off to marry the gentleman she got pregnant from," he said of Fisher. "I only knew her for that short time. She went away. A year later, she came back, taught school for my kids a little bit, played around the edges of it. She was never a tiger trainer, never a tiger person."

    Antle also bashed the idea that he has several wives, saying the women who appear in the documentary are members of his family and "girls who are the wives of staff".


    He went on to claim the filmmakers intentionally cut out the male employees at the park to make it look like "a girl place".

    He told TMX: "This is a boy place. The star is my son and my grandson. There are lovely hardworking girls here that take care of this facility and they are stars in their own right."

    4. In contrast, Rick Kirkham — the producer Joe hired to work on Joe Exotic TV and help make his reality show — told TMZ that the documentary is "so accurate it's frightening".


    In fact, according to Kirkham, it "doesn't go far enough to show how crazy Joe was."

    He also said he thinks Joe and Carole Baskin are equally as bad as each other.

    "They're both one and the same," he told TMZ. "I think that Carole has done the same things Joe has done for years — breeding cats, making money off breeding cats and letting people come in and see the cats. The only thing is, Carole... I don't know that she abuses the animals quite as bad as Joe has, but putting an animal in a cage is abuse in itself."

    5. Joe's ex-husband John Finlay told Entertainment Tonight that he thought the documentary's creators portrayed him unfairly, saying they made him look "like a drugged-out hillbilly".


    Finlay also told TMZ that while the filmmakers got plenty of footage of him fixing his teeth and getting his tattoos covered up, only a very small amount of it actually made it into the final product.

    "They never showed the real new and improved me," he told ET, adding that he intends to sit down with a producer or reporter to tell the story of his life in full.

    6. In a lengthy radio interview with Andy Cohen, Joe's current husband, Dillon Passage, said he thought the documentary was done "very, very well", and he admitted it taught him a lot about Joe and Carole's feud as he "tried to stay out of [Joe's] business".


    He also said he "really likes" and "appreciates" the filmmakers, Goode and Chaiklin, and none of them expected it to get as big as it has.

    He said: "The producers were even shocked, because originally the plot of the show was just supposed to be about the big cat underworld, and then Joe got arrested and it just completely changed the whole dynamic."

    7. And Jeff Lowe — the man who, at the end of Episode 4, was accused of "stealing Joe's zoo" — said the documentary only touched on "about 10 per cent of the story".


    In an interview with TMX, Lowe said: "The portrayal of us stealing the zoo from Joe was very unfair because we came here to help him, we got it back on its feet. We left to move away because we didn't want to be in a zoo in Oklahoma, so the notion that we tried to steal the zoo from him is just ridiculous."

    8. Meanwhile, Tiger King's creators, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, maintain that they were "completely forthright" with everyone involved while making the documentary.

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    "With any project that goes on for five years, things evolve and change, and we followed it as any good storyteller does," Chaiklin told the LA Times.

    As for Goode, he directly refuted Carole's claim that she expected the documentary to be more like a big cat Blackfish.

    He said: "Carole talked about her personal life, her childhood, abuse from her first and second husband, the disappearance of her ex, Don Lewis. She knew that this was not just about ... It’s not a Blackfish because of the things she spoke about. She certainly wasn’t coerced."

    So, there you have it! Everyone has something to say, and no one is in agreement. I'm sure you're not surprised if you've seen Tiger King — and if you haven't yet, you should watch it immediately. You definitely won't regret it.

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    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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