Carole Baskin tricked into interview with Fake Jimmy Fallon Producers

Lawrence Kim
May 6, 2020

After initially refusing, the activist agreed to a call on the condition that she wouldn't be asked about Tiger King.

Tiger King tells the story of zoo owner Joe as he spirals out of control amid a cast of eccentric characters in the true murder-for-hire story from the underworld of big cat breeding.

Commenting on the video, she wrote: "This is the email I sent to my husband and daughter after the interview: 'Well that was weird".

Though the story follows former zoo owner, Joe Exotic - her longtime rival who is now in jail for conspiring to kill her and violating several laws for his treatment and killing of big cats - it also takes a closer look at Carole and has led to investigators probing the disappearance of her husband. This time around, they posed as Jimmy Fallon and while Carol shot them down several times, they finally got her to agree to the interview on the terms they would not mention the Tiger King series.

While she said she has been surviving the lockdown, she also admitted it may forever destroy key parts of her business.

Now, thanks to some clever Youtubers, Carol has been tricked into giving her first official interview post-Tiger King. She also reveals that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on her Big Cat Rescue sanctuary and that she may not be able to resume tours after the pandemic because she has had to let go of half of her staff.

"Carole doesn't do interviews, so we had to immerse ourselves in her world and work out the best way of approaching her".

The boys even managed to get Carole Baskin to wear her flower crown - which she corrected to be a lei - and do her iconic "hey all you cool cats and kittens" YouTube intro for the interview.

"Carole talked about her personal life, her childhood, abuse from her first and second husband, the disappearance of her ex, Don Lewis". "It gave us a very welcome good laugh".

Check out Pieters and Manners' video above to find out exactly how Carole Baskin's fake Fallon interview went down. "I appreciate their cleverness and that they created their video in a way that I don't feel was in any way mean-spirited", said Baskin. "So, the animals are still getting their daily care, but it means all of us are having to work double-time to make sure that all that happens". The result is Baskin's first major interview since the debut of "Tiger King".

Some thought the prank was hilarious, while others said Josh Pieters and Archie Manners were literally bullying Baskin at this point.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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