Carole Baskin's controversial appearance on Dancing With the Stars has come to an end - and the internet has had a lot to say about it...
It's been a stressful few weeks for Carole Baskin...
The Tiger King star joined this year's Dancing With the Stars line up...
via: GettyBut her debut performance was tarnished with something a little more sinister.
The family of Don Lewis, her missing ex-husband, paid for and organized a hard-hitting commercial...
via: GettyAnd they made sure it was aired during the first episode of DWTS, where Carole's debut dance took place.
In the fifty-second-long ad, Don's family implored for more details surrounding his mysterious disappearance...
via: GettyJust before Carole was set to take to the stage.
Now, for years now, Carole has been embroiled in controversy regarding Don's sudden disappearance.
via: imdbSo, what are the facts? Well, 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."
But, 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 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 looked like Carole has a new venture on the horizon.
Carole joined the cast of this year's Dancing With The Stars.
via: imdbWho'd have thought it?
Carole spoke with GMA after the reveal last month, 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 joined 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 didn't know what to make of the announcement...
@GMA @carole_baskin @DancingABC Good lord 🤦🏻♀️— Momma T (@Momma T)1599049193.0
But her dancing debut?
via: GettyWell, it was pretty much everything we had ever expected.
Carole danced along to "Eye of the Tiger"...
via: GettyOf course. And she received a score of just eleven points from the judges, ultimately placing her at the bottom of the leaderboard.
But there was something else other than the predictable tiger theme that tarnished her performance...
via: GettyThe heartbroken family of her missing ex-husband filmed a commercial appealing for more details surrounding his disappearance, and it aired during the first episode of DWTS, where Carole took to the stage.
Incredible timing, if I don't say so myself.
via: YouTubeDon's daughters, Gale, Lynda, and Donna, his former assistant, Anne McQueen, and family attorney, John Phillips, thought it would be a good time to plead for information on his whereabouts.
In the heartfelt commercial, each daughter took the time to speak about how their dad's disappearance...
via: YouTubeAnd each noted the impact it has had on their lives.
They even dropped Carole's name into the equation.
via: YouTube"Do you know who did this? Or if Carole Baskin was involved?"
A $100,000 reward for crucial information has been funded by the family...
via: YouTubeAs has a tip line, which was advertised along the bottom of the ad.
But Carole wasn't going to take this lightly...Metro.co.uk, and her response threw some shade at the family. Yikes.
She told the outlet this:
via: Getty"Someone, a reporter I won’t name, made sure that I knew about it 10 minutes before going out on the dance floor tonight and you can see that it did not keep me from bringing the best performance of my 2 weeks of learning."
This week, though, Carole was eliminated from the show.And it seemed DWTS fans were feeling pretty happy about it...
This is what y’all need to do with Carole Baskin. #DWTS https://t.co/HxsQ2ongtN— Ｒａｖｅｎ🦋 (@Ｒａｖｅｎ🦋)1601342086.0
I think Bruno’s face says what we all felt while watching @carole_baskin #dwts https://t.co/9Qu1hEUwXn— ecwebb (@ecwebb)1601341650.0
ALL SHE DID WAS STAND THERE. SHE BARELY MOVED. I SWEAR IF CAROLE STAYS AGAIN ILL RIOT #DWTS— Samantha (@Samantha)1601342315.0
Me, watching Carole Baskin's Samba the whole time like this 👇 #Dwts https://t.co/lHOhdjwIbU— 💞Val💞 (@💞Val💞)1601341293.0
CAROLE BASKIN. ELIMINATED. TONIGHT ON. DISNEY. WE VOTED. AND SHE IS GONE NOW. THREE WEEKS. WAS TOO LONG. GOOD RIDD… https://t.co/qiDeAmpZom— Kadey • ARTEM WON 11/23/20 • (@Kadey • ARTEM WON 11/23/20 •)1601344948.0
Oh good, Carole Baskin was eliminated. I can breathe easy for the rest of the show now. #DWTS https://t.co/i80vHQPQpy— Sarah the Book Nerd (@Sarah the Book Nerd)1601349992.0
thank god. carole baskin got eliminated on #dwts. didn’t think i could take another week of that 🤦🏼♀️— riley (@riley)1601345624.0
Carole Baskin getting kicked off #DWTS : My husband is gonna be so happy I’m coming home to him! Me: 😳😳😳— Patti Murin (@Patti Murin)1601344815.0
Bruno after watching Carole Baskin dance to the Circle of Life in a lion costume...#DWTS https://t.co/GeHUWgBu5w— Chicks in the Office (@Chicks in the Office)1601341315.0
“the carole baskin” #dwts https://t.co/1HQVyGSYrb— sandra ❆ (@sandra ❆)1601341250.0
If anyone asks, it was Carole Baskin dancing a Samba in a full lion costume that finally broke me in 2020. #dwts— Elizabeth Hurd (She/her/hers) (@Elizabeth Hurd (She/her/hers))1601343167.0
carole baskin pack it up #DWTS https://t.co/cWGfwbejcy— jackie keogh (@jackie keogh)1601341290.0
carole baskin releasing the tigers on the judges after they sent her home #DWTS https://t.co/ImKAwJIttP— kathleen (@kathleen)1601345201.0
I have no words for Carole Baskin @DancingABC #DisneyNight https://t.co/WGXQpFHjwy— yeehaw🤠🇺🇸 (@yeehaw🤠🇺🇸)1601344270.0
I ain’t falling for Carole Baskin tears and that’s that #DWTS— Ria (@Ria)1600824978.0
Can 2020 get anymore weird? Carole Baskin: Hold my beer. #DWTS https://t.co/Pejdxlj3P6— FeeDee (@FeeDee)1601341416.0
Carole Baskin looks like she’s trying to find the courage to kill her second husband. https://t.co/XydsSE8r3u— Blake Hammond (@Blake Hammond)1601343786.0