A woman has come forward claiming her husband confessed involvement in the 1997 disappearance of Don Lewis, one of the individuals featured in Netflix’s hit docuseries “Tiger King,” according to a report from CBS News’ “48 Hours Suspicion.”Trish Farr-Payne, whose ex-husband Kenny Farr used to work for “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin and her second husband Don Lewis, says her husband once threatened to put her “in the grinder, like I did Don” shortly after Lewis’ disappearance.“I thought he was tellin’ the truth,” Farr-Payne said. “At that time. I thought, you know, at least that is probably the turnin’ point where I knew–I knew deep down that Kenny has some part in Don’s not ever coming back. I knew then for sure.”Also Read: Family of Carole Baskin's Late Husband Offers $100,000 Reward for Info on DisappearanceFarr-Payne also said that one night after Lewis went missing, Farr returned home in Lewis’ van with Lewis’ collection of firearms saying “Don’s gone” and Farr-Payne shouldn’t mention his name anymore, especially on the telephone.She also recalled a large padlocked freezer appearing on her porch around the same time.The mysterious disappearance of Don Lewis has been the subject of much speculation since the release of “Tiger King” earlier this year. In the wake of the series’ immediately popularity, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office put out a call for new tips surrounding the case back in March.Farr-Payne told “48 Hours” that she shared her story with authorities in 2000 after a domestic violence incident which led to Farr’s arrest and conviction. She also told the Tampa Bay Times back in June that she sat down for an hour-long, video-recorded interview earlier this year.Baskin, for her part, says she does not believe Farr was involved in Lewis’ disappearance.“I love Kenny Farr like a son,” Baskin wrote in a May blog post refuting “Tiger King.” “He was someone I could trust to keep Don from getting lost or going into cages with cats who could kill him, while I worked.”Also Read: 'Tiger King' Zoo Closed 'Effectively Immediately'; Jeff Lowe Says He Is 'Forfeiting' Exhibitor's LicenseIn a statement released Tuesday, Baskin went further, saying Farr-Payne’s story “can’t pass the sniff test.” Read the full statement below.I’ve caught Trish Farr-Payne in enough lies about her ever visiting Big Cat Rescue and her description of the meat grinder to cause me to believe she’s just seeking attention post Tiger King and is using her 15 minutes to bash her ex. I don’t ever recall her visiting the grounds and her description of the meat grinder was ludicrous and clearly fabricated. Anyone can watch our hundreds of videos and describe our grounds whether they have been there or not.If she really feared for her life, and that of her children, wouldn’t she have called the police if she thought her husband had Don Lewis’s body locked in a freezer on her porch? That’s a much clearer path to safety than hiding what she claims she believed while continuing to live with Kenneth Farr for the next 3 years or more. The fact that the press keeps reposting lies like hers, and that of others who lied in Tiger King, without doing any research of the public record, really is dismaying.I’ve addressed most of the inaccuracies at BigCatRescue.org/netflix with copies of the documents and case file numbers to pull so you can see for yourself, and yet hardly anyone seems to care. It appears to be more about selling ad space than reporting truth. My challenge to you is to seek out and tell the truth and see if being different from the lemmings doesn’t prove better for you and your company in the long run. People want to be able to believe in reporters again.Read original story ‘Tiger King': Woman Says Ex-Husband Told Her He Put Don Lewis ‘In the Grinder’ At TheWrap
The Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park in Oklahoma, made famous in the Netflix documentary series 'Tiger King', has been closed for good.
The zoo at the center of the “Tiger King” Netflix docuseries was searched by Oklahoma authorities Friday night after an investigation by The Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” team led them to believe there were human remains on-site.“‘Ghost Adventures’ has been filming at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park for an upcoming episode of the series. Cadaver dogs were brought in as part of the team’s ghost investigation and did pick up a scent, which is currently being investigated further,” a spokesperson from The Travel Channel told TheWrap.Jeff Lowe, who operates the zoo, told KOCO 5 that the dogs honed in on an alligator pit on the property, prompting the trainers to be certain that human remains were nearby. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullett were called to the scene, and authorities began digging.Also Read: 'Tiger King' Directors Credit the Coronavirus' 'Captive Audience' for Show's Sensational SuccessThe sheriff considered the matter closed after they found no sign of human remains, although some small animal bones were uncovered. A source told TMZ that zoo operator and convicted felon Joe Exotic has said that the ashes of four people have been buried on the property as a memorial.“Tiger King” star Carole Baskin’s husband Don Lewis, has been missing since 1997. Baskin has assumed his estate, which has been valued to be worth an estimated $10 million, according to Fox News. Lewis’ family was cut out of the will, and though his body was never found, he was considered legally dead in 2002.In the third episode of “Tiger King,” Joe Exotic accuses Baskin of killing Lewis and feeding his body to the big cats at her wildlife rescue in Tampa. Baskin has previously denied having any involvement in her husband’s death.The paranormal investigation by “Ghost Adventures” is on pause but will proceed in time.Read original story ‘Tiger King’ Zoo Searched by Police After ‘Ghost Adventures’ Shocker At TheWrap
Asian subscribers may have been frustrated at the limited library available to them when Netflix first launched in the region, but Del Deo is quick to reassure that Netflix is committed to not only expand the platform’s documentary offerings but also finding more diverse, authentic voices from the region.
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“Tiger King” and Carole Baskin’s bizarre saga just took another surreal turn.In a bizarre prank only made possible by the coronavirus lockdown, two YouTubers used Zoom to pose as Jimmy Fallon producers and trick Baskin into giving her first interview since the release of the hit Netflix docuseries “Tiger King.”Claiming to be producers from “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon,” YouTubers Josh Pieters and Archie Manners reached out to Baskin to make her think she was appearing on the late-night show that is being broadcast from Fallon’s home during the coronavirus safe-at-home order. The pair recently pulled a similar stunt on some British celebrities — like pop star Craig David — using clips from “The Late Late Show With James Corden” that were aired during the COVID-19 lockdown, with Manners pretending to be a producer on the Zoom call.Also Read: Bill Maher Rips Into 'Tiger King' Star Joe Exotic: Torturing Animals Is What Got Us Into This Mess (Video)“There is often a moment where there isn’t a clip that’s suitable,” Pieters told Insider.com. “But that’s luckily where I have Archie on standby who can come in and act as the producer and say, ‘Oh we’ve got a quick change there, Jimmy’s just doing this,’ or ‘Jimmy’s just doing his makeup,’ and then it sort of explains why something sort of went wrong.”Baskin was chosen by the pair as a wild attempt to get the most unlikely guest they could find, and they said they were surprised when she agreed to the interview. Baskin, an activist fighting against private zoos that sell big cats, has been thrust into the public spotlight by “Tiger King,” which depicts her feud against exotic zoo owner Joe Exotic. Baskin has spoken out against the docuseries, calling it “salacious and sensational,” particularly in regards to its depiction of Exotic’s claim that Baskin killed her second husband who disappeared in 1997.Watch Baskin’s interview in the clip above.Read original story ‘Tiger King': Carole Baskin Unwittingly Gives First Interview to 2 YouTubers Posing as Jimmy Fallon Producers (Video) At TheWrap
Bill Maher has not jumped on the “Tiger King” bandwagon nor does he plan to. Calling out the popular Netflix show and its subject, tiger breeder and convicted animal abuser Joe Exotic, Maher said that “torturing animals is what got us into this mess.”The host of HBO’s “Real Time” wants people to stop trying to get him to watch the true-crime documentary miniseries about former zookeeper Exotic. “It’s not going to happen,” Maher said. “I’m not watching ‘Tiger King’ while sequestering because torturing animals is what got us into this mess. That’s the lesson we keep refusing to learn, that you can’t trash the environment, including the animals, and not have it come back and kill you.”Watch the video above.Also Read: 64 Million Subscribers Have Watched 'Tiger King,' Netflix SaysBoth sides of the aisle applauded Maher after he bashed China for reopening its wet markets — National Geographic recently wrote, “Wet markets likely launched the coronavirus” — but he said that America’s factory farming is “just as despicable as a wet market and just as problematic for our health.”“Let me put it as basically as I can,” he said. “If we keep producing food the way we do, you’re going to get sick with something medicine cannot fix. You don’t have to care for the sake of the animals; I wouldn’t want to mess with anyone’s reputation as a heartless a–hole. But do it because animal cruelty leads to human catastrophe.”He went on. “And get the f— away from me with ‘Tiger King.’ I don’t care that he sees the light at the end; so did Darth Vader. … Joe Exotic is in prison partly for killing five endangered tigers, which are endangered because of people like him. I don’t get why the woke left loves this show so much and isn’t on this guy like pink sequins.”Read original story Bill Maher Rips Into ‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic: Torturing Animals Is What Got Us Into This Mess (Video) At TheWrap
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’d “take a look” at fulfilling “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic’s request for a presidential pardon.Trump was asked about it by a reporter at Wednesday’s coronavirus briefing at the White House. Trump admitted that he hadn’t seen the show and knew nothing of the exotic animal zoo owner’s situation, but he said he would “take a look.”The exchange comes a few days after the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., jokingly said in an interview on SiriusXM’s “Jim Norton and Sam Roberts” show that he would lobby for a pardon for the exotic animal zoo owner.Watch video of the exchange below.A reporter just asked if Trump would pardon Joe Exotic from Tiger King and Trump said, "I will take a look." pic.twitter.com/f0c0R8QmDy— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 8, 2020Also Read: 'Tiger King' Tops 'Stranger Things 2' in First 10-Day Viewership With 34 Million Viewers, Nielsen SaysJoseph “Joe Exotic” Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for hiring a hitman to murder big cat conservationist Carole Baskin. He was recently featured in the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King,” which premiered last month and became an instant sensation, racking up more than 34 million views in its first 10 days on the platform.In the weeks since, Maldonado-Passage has been the subject of a number of media interviews in which he’s advocated for a presidential pardon, maintaining his innocence in the case that put him in prison.Read original story Trump Says He’ll ‘Take a Look’ at Pardoning ‘Tiger King’ Star Joe Exotic At TheWrap
Joseph Maldonado-Passage aka Joe Exotic has noticed the fame he’s gotten since the release of the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King.”“You know it would be nice if I could actually see me being famous out there,” Maldonado-Passage said during an interview from prison conducted by Netflix on March 22. He’s currently serving a 22-year sentence for his role in a murder-for-fire plot against big cat animal rights activist Carole Baskin.Maldonado-Passage added that he’s done with Baskin, who was portrayed as his main rival throughout the Netflix series, which has become one of the most popular on the streaming service.Also Read: 'Tiger King': Michael Jackson Once Owned the Alligators Burned Alive in Joe Exotic's Zoo Fire“I’m done with the Carole Baskin saga. It’s now time to turn the tables and Joe get out of jail a free man and exonerated from all these charges,” he said.Joe Exotic was interviewed from prison on March 22.Here's what he told us pic.twitter.com/ueqTeWfKxh— Netflix (@netflix) April 3, 2020For her part, Baskin has ripped the series as being “salacious and sensational.” “There are no words for how disappointing it is,” Baskin, who said she was asked to be part of “the big cat version of ‘Blackfish,'” stated.Baskin runs the Big Cat Rescue and was highly critical of Maldonado-Passage’s park. Several of the other people profiled in and interviewed for “Tiger King” do not believe Baskin to be the squeaky-clean animal rights activist that she purports to be. Maldonado-Passage has outright accused Baskin of killing her former husband and either feeding his remains to the tigers or dumping the body in a septic tank on their property. Earlier this week, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office renewed its search for Jack “Don” Lewis, citing the increased interest in the case.“Tiger King” follows (and the title refers to) Joe Exotic, the owner of a big-cat zoo in Oklahoma. Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was found to be guilty of hiring a hitman to kill Baskin, a rival of his in the animal world. He’s serving a multi-decade prison sentence for that and for animal rights crimes.Read original story ‘Tiger King': Joe Exotic Says He’s ‘Done’ With Carole Baskin, Wants to Be ‘Free Man’ At TheWrap
Joe Exotic has told Tiger King's directors who should play him in a movie, and one of his suggestions makes a lot of sense.