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Netflix's 'Tiger King': Filmmakers Tell All, Give Sad Update On The Tigers In New Interview

Netflix's 'Tiger King' Is Your New True Crime Obsession
March 22, 2020 - 20:38 / Lucas Anderson

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness debuted on Netflix on March 20! In its first few days on the platform, the true crime series became a viral sensation on social media. Learn what the filmmakers had to say about Joe Exotic and the fate of his tigers.

Tiger King is Netflix's newest true crime documentary series. It's about Joe Exotic, a "gun-toting polygamist and country western singer" who's involved in the world of big cat ownership. The seven-part series was added to Netflix on Friday, March 20.

Netflix's trailer for Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

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Tiger King's filmmakers tell all in new interview

But now, new details have emerged about Joe Exotic and the fate of his tigers after the series. Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin spoke with Entertainment Weekly about their Netflix series.

Goode says he sees through the veneer of big cat ownership. "This is not about someone's love of animals, it's about status," he said.

"It's complicated, it's about a lot of things, it's about status, it's about collecting the rarest of the rare, it's about image, it's about money, it's about a lot of things and it's complicated. If someone really loved these animals, they wouldn't have a collection."

'Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness' (2020) Netflix poster.

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How are the tigers doing post-Netflix's Tiger King series?

Goode was also asked about how the tigers are doing since they shot the documentary. "I think that it's very sad what’s happening to these animals. And it's anyone's guess as to what's going to happen to them. Some will be placed but I would suspect a lot of them will die from starvation, and probably be put down," he said.

In the exclusive EW interview, Goode and Chaiklin say they still speak to Joe Exotic, who remains in prison for the attempted murder of Carole Baskin. They say he's changed his perspective on "what it means to be in a cage." Sadly, the big cats at the centre of his dispute with Baskin may suffer a worse fate now that Exotic doesn't run his zoo.