A New Joe Exotic Documentary Is Coming—Featuring One of His Last Pre-Jail Interviews

Christopher Rosa

The Netflix docuseries Tiger King—and specifically its star, Joe Exotic—set the internet on fire earlier this year. I mean, the eight-episode series is truly a wild ride. If you somehow missed it, here's a primer: It centers on the bizarre world of big cats, particularly a rivalry between zookeeper Joe Exotic and conservationist Carole Baskin that ended in Exotic going to jail for allegedly hiring someone to murder Baskin. Interspersed between this main story are cults, polygamy, and some of the boldest printed shirts I've ever seen—oh, and the phrase “Hey, all you cool cats and kittens,” which is ingrained in my memory forever.

Tiger King quickly became one of Netflix's biggest hits, so it's no surprise several companion pieces are in the works. There are two scripted series in development, not to mention another docuseries that will explore the disappearance of Baskin's former husband Don Lewis. A one-episode follow-up to Tiger King premiered on Netflix in April. 

And now another documentary is happening. This one is called Surviving Joe Exotic, and it will focus on the animals in Exotic's zoo and how they were relocated after enduring some harrowing “care.” The film is set to go at Animal Planet, so, naturally, the focal point is on the cats, not Exotic's crazy antics. 

That being said, Surviving Joe Exotic will feature one of Exotic's final interviews (filmed in 2018) before he went to jail. See a pic from that interview, below: 

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Animal Planet

According to Entertainment Weekly, Tiger King cast member Saff Saffery (who, remember, lost an arm to one of Exotic's tigers) will appear in Surviving Joe Exotic, as well. I wouldn't hold my breath for a Carole Baskin cameo, but who knows—anything is possible with this group. 

Surviving Joe Exotic will premiere July 25 at 10 p.m. E.T. on Animal Planet. 

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