Tiger King Cast Reveal Shocking New Details About Joe Exotic

Netflix released the eighth episode of their blockbuster docu-series Tiger King, an aftershow titled The Tiger King and I, on Sunday, which included new some revelations from the motley crew of Joe Exotic’s big cat park featured on the show.

Due to the current self-isolating measures, host Joel McHale conducted remote interviews with Tiger King cast members John Reinke, Joshua Dial, John Finlay, Saff, Erik Cowie, Rick Kirkman, and Jeff and Lauren Lowe.

Each interviewee shared their thoughts on the success of the series and their newfound celebrity, with many stunned by the notoriety considering they just consider themselves regular working people who just so happened to be in a documentary. (Saff, for example,  recounted being stopped by fans while on a late night run to Walmart, while Reinke said he’s had fans violate self-isolation rules to shake his hand while he’s on walks.)

Most of the revelations were about the series’ main subject, the now-incarcerated Joe Exotic (aka Joseph Maldonado-Passage), with the cast members reiterating their animosity toward him.

“Jeff Lowe Nanny”

Jeff and Lauren Lowe, who have an open marriage, were asked about their attractive nanny, which is a top search result when people google Jeff Lowe. (They said things are going well with Masha.)

But Jeff spent most of his time in the interview with McHale hoping to set the record straight about a few things presented on the show. Jeff bristled at being depicted as the show’s villain, claiming that those, like Joe, he helps out eventually turn on him.

Jeff, who revealed he owns roughly 60-70 Affliction t-shirts, said he knows the real reason why his former pal and business partner James Garretson became an FBI informant — and that it wasn’t because he illegally owned a lemur. Lowe, however, wouldn’t disclose what that other reason was.

Neither of the Lowes also knew why their pal and would-be hitman, Allen Glover, was interviewed in a bathtub at one point.

Should Joe Exotic Be in Prison?

“Good riddance,” said big cat handler Erik Cowie when asked about Exotic’s 22-year prison sentence. Cowie’s disdain for Joe Exotic was echoed by nearly every interviewee, all of whom recounted Joe’s ego, volatility, and overall nastiness. Only Saff showed any measure of sympathy, saying Joe did some good things for the less fortunate and that he hopes he doesn’t die in prison.


What did you think of The Tiger King and I? Did it leave you with any lingering questions about the show or its characters? Let us know in the comments.

For more on Tiger King, check out our review of the series, the new SNL skit about Carole Baskin, and get the details on the scripted show Rob Lowe and Ryan Murphy are making about Joe Exotic as well as a new series set to explore the murder rumors surrounding Carole Baskin.

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