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John Cameron Mitchell to Play Joe Exotic in Tiger King Series Opposite Kate McKinnon

Hedwig and the Angry Inch‘s John Cameron Mitchell has landed the role of Joe Exotic opposite of Kate McKinnon in a new limited series.

John will portray Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel and Kate will play Carole Baskin (McKinnon).

“I’m thrilled to take on the role of this modern folk antihero,” John told Deadline. “Joe and I are the same age and like him, I grew up queer in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas so I feel like I know a little bit about this guy and his desperate attempt to conquer an inhospitable world.”

The Tiger King documentary is available to stream on Netflix right now.

The show “centers on Carole Baskin (McKinnon), a big cat enthusiast, who learns that fellow exotic animal lover Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel (Mitchell) is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past of her own and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose what he sees as her hypocrisy. The results prove dangerous.”

Tiger King's Jeff Lowe Believes He Was Poisoned After Suffering a Stroke

Jeff Lowe, who rose to fame with his appearance in Netflix’s Tiger King, had a serious medical emergency earlier this month and he believes he was poisoned.

Jeff‘s wife Lauren told TMZ that he is recovering from a stroke after being found unresponsive at a casino in Oklahoma. They believe that someone slipped something into his drink during his night at the casino.

Lauren says she found Jeff unresponsive at around 3am on March 18 and called 911. He was airlifted to a hospital in Texas where the medical staff saved his life.

“I thought he was dying in my arms,” Lauren said. She says that doctors have been unable to figure out what caused the stroke.

Lauren says there was a mysterious suspect who was lingering around them on the night of the stroke and she suspects the guy might have used a drug that would go undetected by tests. Thankfully, Jeff is now home after three days in the hospital, though he is still having difficulty with talking and coordination.

Volunteer Nearly Gets Arm Torn Off by Tiger at Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue

There’s been a scary incident at Tiger King star Carole Baskin‘s Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary.

Volunteer Candy Couser, who has been volunteering at the non-profit for five years, nearly had her arm torn off by a male tiger Kimba during feeding, according to a press release on Thursday (December 3).

Kimba had been locked away from that section for several days as cameras were being installed there. She opened a guillotine tunnel door at one end of the tunnel, and when she went to raise the second door, she saw it was clipped shut. This is our universal signal NOT to open a gate without the coordinator coming to assist, but Candy said she just wasn’t thinking when she reached in to un-clip it. It is against our protocols for anyone to stick any part of their body into a cage with a cat in it. Kimba grabbed her arm and nearly tore it off at the shoulder,” the press release explained.

Jane heard the commotion and came running. Kimba dropped his grip and Candy fell away from the side of the tunnel. Gina being a nurse held off the artery under Candy‘s armpit to stop the bleeding and Marc, who had pulled Candy to safety, used his belt as a tourniquet as others called for an ambulance. Gina packed her arm in ice packs to try and save it. The ambulance arrived within 15-20 minutes of the accident. Candy was still conscious and insisted that she did not want Kimba Tiger to come to any harm for this mistake. He is being placed in quarantine for the next 30 days as a precaution, but was just acting normal due to the presence of food and the opportunity.”

Carole Baskin reminded everyone that “this sort of tragedy can happen in the blink of an eye and that we cannot relax our guard for a second around these dangerous cats.”

“This happened on the day our federal bill to ban cub handling and private possession comes to the House floor for a vote. The fact that, despite our intense safety protocols and excellent record of safety, an injury like this can occur just confirms the inherent danger in dealing with these animals and why we need the Big Cat Public Safety Act to eliminate having them untracked in backyards around the country and ending up in sanctuaries where wonderful people like Candy Couser have committed themselves to providing care for those discarded by the pay to play industry.”

Carole Baskin also recently made headlines after addressing her sexuality.

Kim Kardashian Dresses as Carole Baskin from 'Tiger King' with BFF Jonathan Cheban as Joe Exotic!

Kim Kardashian may have just won Halloween already!

On Thursday night (October 29), the 40-year-old reality star took to her Instagram Story to share a ton of pics of her family getting ready for a party – and their costumes are Tiger King-themed!

For her costume, Kim dressed as Carole Baskin, wearing a long, blonde wig with a flower crown and leopard-print outfit.

Kim‘s BFF Jonathan Cheban transformed into Joe Exotic, complete with a bleached-blonde mullet, handlebar mustache, eyebrow piercing, and bedazzled shirt.

Kim dress her kids North, 7, Saint, 4, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 16 months, all in tiger cub outfits.

Earlier in the night, Kim revealed the over the top gift husband Kanye West gave her for her birthday.

If you missed it, Carole recently shared some major news about her personal life.

Check out pics of Kim Kardashian and Jonathan Cheban in their Tiger King costumes in the gallery!

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Carole Baskin Makes 'DWTS' Debut, Dances to 'Eye of the Tiger' & Earns Lowest Score of the Night (Video)

Carole Baskin has officially made her dancing debut on the ABC reality competition series Dancing With the Stars.

The 59-year-old big-cat rights activist, who rose to fame from the Netflix series Tiger King, performed with her pro partner Pasha Pashkov during the season premiere on Monday night (September 14) in Los Angeles.

As many people predicted, Carole earned the lowest score of the night out of the 15 celebrity contestants. She received 11 out of 30 points for her paso doble, which was performed to the tune of “Eye of the Tiger.”

Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Derek Hough both gave her 4 out of 10 points while Bruno Tonioli gave her just 3 out of 10 points, saying that she has a lot of room to improve.

There was a surprising commercial aired during the show, which was paid for by some people that are not fans of Carole at all.

See what every celeb contestant scored during the premiere and see how they rank on the leaderboard.

Nicolas Cage's Joe Exotic Series Goes to Amazon, Carole Baskin Reacts!

It was previously announced that Nicolas Cage will be playing the role of Joe Exotic in an upcoming series about the Tiger King star. Now, it has been revealed that Amazon Studios has signed on to help develop the show!

Variety reports that the series will be based on an article about Joe Exotic that was featured in Texas Monthly.

The story “centers around Joe Shreibvogel (Cage), a.k.a. Joe Exotic, an eccentric exotic zookeeper in Oklahoma who fights to keep his park — even at the risk of losing his sanity. The series will live in the lion’s den with Joe, explore how he became Joe Exotic, and how he lost himself to a character of his own creation.”

Carole Baskin, who is Joe Exotic‘s real-life rival and another star of Tiger King, is opening up about Cage playing the role.

She told Extra, “He is such a favorite actor of mine, and I just don’t know if I can even watch him after seeing that role.”

You’ve gotta see what Carole is up to right now!

Carole Baskin's First 'Dancing With the Stars' Song Revealed - It's Tiger-Themed!

Carole Baskin is going to be hitting the ballroom soon – and the 59-year-old Tiger King star is keeping in theme!

The contender on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars will be making her entrance to Survivor’s 1982 hit, “Eye of the Tiger,” nodding to her Netflix hit series, she confirmed to E! News.

“I was just approved yesterday to release that we are doing ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ so I’m very excited about that,” she revealed.

“I’m actually sitting in my car outside of costuming right now. And I gave them the instructions that no fur, no feathers, no leather, and anything else,” she added.

She also expressed her love for a similar big cat!

“Leopards gives me the most inspiration because they manage to do everything by using the absolute least amount of energy necessary to achieve their goals,” she explained.

The upcoming season premieres on Monday (September 14) on ABC. Carole Baskin just met this contestant for the first time at the studio!