Following on from her sudden and bizarre Tiger King fame, Carole Baskin is now set to join a bunch of a-listers on the dancefloor, and fans don't quite know what to make of it...
Netflix's docuseries, Tiger King gave us a majestic insight into the captivity of big cats here in America.
via: NetflixThe 7-part series retold the story of a war between a very flamboyant tiger owner named Joe Exotic and his enemy, a Florida-based animal activist, named Carole Baskin.
But through all of the memes and laughs...The spotlight is always placed upon Carole Baskin, mostly in regards to her leopard print wardrobe and her mysteriously missing husband.
So, what are the facts?
via: imdbWell, on the morning of August 18, 1997, Carole's millionaire husband, Don Lewis, vanished at the age of sixty. His car was later found at a nearby airport.
The self-made millionaire had helped Carole transform their forty acres of Florida land into the animal sanctuary it is today.
via: TwitterSome of Don's relatives speculated that Carole was involved in his disappearance.
Rumors quickly began circulating that she murdered him and fed him to the tigers...
via: TwitterIn fact, this claim was made by the oldest of Don's 4 children, Donna Pettis, then forty-two, back in 1998. She claimed that Carole feeding his body to the big cats would be “a perfect scenario to dispose of someone. We were upset that the cops didn’t test the DNA on the meat grinder."
It was reported that, 2 months before he went missing, Don tried to take out a restraining order against Carole, claiming she’d threatened to shoot him.
via: TwitterHe was not granted the order. Carole has repeatedly protested her innocence, and says that any claims made that she fed her husband to the big cats are "ludicrous."
5 years after Don went missing, Carole had him legally declared dead...
via: IMDBAnd to this day, nobody has been charged with anything to do with his disappearance.
Don's disappearance is still an active cold case...
Since the show aired on Netflix...
via: NetflixCarole and her current husband, Howard, have been subjected to constant abuse online.
Carole spoke out about the ordeal recently...
via: IMDBSpeaking to the New York Post, she said: "He’s [Joe Exotic] been trying, since 2009, to get his minions to kill me. He was constantly going on his internet show, saying that he has to get rid of me. It was very disturbing. The kinds of people who back up what he does are not stable people. It would be one thing if he went out to mainstream America. But he was going out to a group of whack-jobs."
And when the reality star turned lawyer, Kim Kardashian. tweeted about the ordeal...
Wow the amount of texts I’ve gotten about Tiger King since I tweeted about it all have mentioned their belief that… https://t.co/uXHQUJs8Ky— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1584923892.0
She has characterized such talk as the "most ludicrous of all the lies."
via: IMDBPointing out in a blog post that her tigers eat meat broken down into 1-inch cubes before being ground in her tabletop meat grinder, she said: "The idea that a human body could be put through it is idiotic."
Even though Carole's comments seemed to be legit...
Three things are certain in life: Death, Taxes, and Carole Baskin definitely murdered her husband https://t.co/gYNlvted0H— Victoria Fox (@Victoria Fox)1587559348.0
Anyway, putting all the murder conspiracies to one side...It looks like Carole has a new venture on the horizon.
Because news has just emerged that she is joining the cast of Dancing With The Stars.
via: imdbThe program announced their full cast list for the upcoming season and we truly had to look twice when we saw Carole Baskin's name on the list.
Carole spoke with GMA after the reveal and said she hopes people can see her in a new light with the dancing show.
via: Twitter / GMA"The biggest thing for me is the longer my partner and I can stay in the running and in the competition it will keep the cats forefront in the viewers' eye, and to me that was where Tiger King missed the ball," she said.
via: Twitter / GMA"It really should have been focused on the animals and I’m hoping Dancing with the Stars will do that. I am competitive but I am competitive with myself I want to do the very best that I can possibly do."
Carole joins a whole host of a-listers on the dancefloor.
via: Twitter / GMAIncluding Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean, Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause, former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, former NFL player Vernon Davis, Jesse Metcalfe, Skai Jackson, Catfish host Nev Schulman, Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly, and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, to name a few.
Fans were very unsure what to make of the announcement.
@GMA @carole_baskin @DancingABC Good lord 🤦🏻♀️— Momma T (@Momma T)1599049193.0
Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars airs September 14.
JUST IN: #TigerKing’s @Carole_Baskin joins the cast of @DancingABC season 29! #DancingOnGMA #DWTS https://t.co/HdifTN4YbY— Good Morning America (@Good Morning America)1599049143.0