‘Joe Exotic’ Producer Rick Kirkham Shares What Was Left out of ‘Tiger King’

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Netflix’s latest documentary-series Tiger King is a complete rollercoaster ride, to say the least.

But it turns out that there is even more drama behind the chaotic life of Joe Exotic, and producer Rick Kirkham is here to show us what was left out of the main cut.

Keep scrolling to check out what exactly was left out…

And it is perhaps the most binge-able yet.

Netflix’s docuseries, Tiger King gives us an eye-opening insight into the captivity of big cats here in America.

The 7-part series retells 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 it isn’t just about the tigers and lions…

It is mostly about the scandalous lives of these people in America’s big cat community… and we cannot get enough.

And who knew there was so much rivalry and hate?

There was a lot of drama in the life of Joe Exotic…

And the big cat owner seemed to really have it in for Carole Baskin, with footage showing him repeatedly wishing death upon her and describing how he would like to kill her after she tried to expose his zoo. Yikes.

But people seem to be forgetting that this is based on real-life

And when Joe’s life gradually began to spiral out of control, he landed himself into some deep trouble.

And after he married both John Finlay and Travis Maldonado in a 3-way ceremony, both of his husbands gradually deteriorated with drug use and mental health problems. Travis tragically took his own life after he made claims that he wasn’t at all gay, and Joe had simply hoodwinked him by fueling his addictions.

Joe himself fell into a downward spiral and his obsession with Carole and her missing ex-husband grew even bigger.

Joe was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison for attempting to have Carole murdered.

But the FBI became involved and they thankfully managed to put a stop to this dangerous plan.

And of course, the internet is now a Tiger King minefield.

The memes have been flooding in…

And even though this is poking fun at real-life events, we cannot get enough during our COVID-19 lockdown.

Tiger King couldn’t have possibly come at a better time.

And this is certainly one of them. Maybe this is what Joe would have looked like if he won his presidential campaign?

Now this is something worth thinking about!

We can sure as hell picture this, too…

New year, new me? Time to think again…

Totally relateable.

Any comments, Carole?

Because let’s face it, he got away with an awful lot of bad stuff.

We probably all need a little bit of therapy after that rollercoaster ride!

But it seems that there’s even more to Tiger King than we anticipated.

Rick Kirkham, who previously produced a series about Joe and his zoo, has recently revealed that there’s a lot more to the situation than Tiger King showed.

Rick appeared in a live stream on Lights Out With David Spade on Wednesday this week and he opened up on a few home truths.

Things are a lot worse than they seem…

“You kind of had a little bit of a heart for the guy, but you really didn’t realize or get to see how evil he really could be,” Rick explained, “Not only to animals but to people.”

“They didn’t have enough time or footage to be able to show you how bad it was.”

And according to Rick, Joe was an incredibly lonely man who had no real friends (for long) and wasn’t even sure about his own sexuality, despite marrying multiple men.

“There was footage in there of Joe actually killing animals for fun,” Rick said, “He walked up to a tiger he didn’t like and just shot it in the head.”

“She cried and said, ‘Joe, could you take care of my horse? I can no longer care for him and you have a lot of space.’ He hugged her and said, ‘Oh yeah, hon, it’ll be fine,'” Rick explained. “As soon as the lady left the park, Joe said, ‘Rick, grab your camera, start rolling,’ And I rolled on him, he walks up to the trailer, pulls his [gun] out, shoots the horse in the head dead and laughs … and of course, he fed that horse to the lions.”

But all the footage that Rick had spent time capturing was destroyed in a mysterious fire at the zoo, which was later ruled out as arson.

“Two days before the fire, Joe and I got into a very bad argument on the fact that I owned the rights to the reality show. I basically owned Joe Exotic,” Rick said. “He was not happy and he made a quick turn and ran out of town for a few days, supposedly for a funeral.”

And just 2 days later, the studio was up in flames. “I have backup hard drives of all the footage, but it was in a safe,” Rick said, “But it melted the safe, the fire was that hot.”

It is all very fishy business, we must say.

You can watch Rick’s interview here.