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Here's How Carole Baskin Reacted to Kate McKinnon’s Portrayal of Her

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Cat's got her tongue!

Animal lover Carole Baskin told TMZ she was “stunned” when she saw just how much Saturday Night Live star Kate McKinnon managed to look like her in pictures from the set of McKinnon’s new Joe Exotic miniseries.

“Kate must be channeling her inner cat lady to be rocking those flats, jeans, sunglasses, purse, and messy hair,” she told the site. Baskin, who starred in Netflix’s docuseries Tiger King, said that she has “almost exactly the same outfit” that McKinnon is wearing in the photos, even down to the necklace.

That, Baskin said, is the most surprising part, since the necklace is identical to one she has, but is one she never wore on the Netflix show.


TMZ also reports that Baskin said she doesn’t know what the show will be like, as she’s never actually met Exotic in real life, but she hopes the plots are “based on facts.” She also said she hopes McKinnon doesn’t use any real big cats in the series.

McKinnon is currently filming the series Joe Exotic in Queensland, Australia, and is also serving as a producer. Hedwig creator John Cameron Mitchell is playing Exotic, and the two are joined in the cast by William Fichtner, Dean Winters, Kyle MacLachlan, and Nat Wolff.

Baskin, who came out as bisexual last year, is also working on her own show. In a new docuseries for discovery+, Baskin will be teaming up with her husband Howard and Exotic’s niece Chealsi, to investigate the treatment of big cats at the zoo formerly owned by Exotic.

Carole Baskin’s Cage Fight will follow Baskin and her team as they “get their hands dirty and investigate the treatment of big cats, often coming into direct confrontations with dangerous operators.”

“This is a unique opportunity for audiences to come behind the scenes with us for an unfiltered look at how we expose the cub-petting exploiters and roadside zoos we feel are mistreating animals,” Baskin said in a statement. “This is our real-life work within a dangerous world, and viewers will see it comes with our people being threatened, guns pointed at us and the bad guys shooting at our drones.”

The show will debut November 13 on Discovery+.

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