In what we hope to be the last of the Tiger King content to be released for quite some time — though we know it likely will not be — Netflix and Joel McHale rounded up the cast of Tiger King for a special released this weekend. As a result of social distancing measures, McHale conducted one on one interviews with the cast via video chat, sprinkling it all with his trademark, mostly deadpan humor — Carole Baskin, unfortunately, declined to take part. While the interviews do get into quite a few things over the span of the hour-long episode, here we've sectioned off the bits specifically about the show's lead Joe Exotic.
Read on to find how the cast is feeling about the imprisoned center of this crazy world. And yes, we've put each person in a ranked order going from Lawful Good to Chaotic Evil. You're welcome.
Can you tell us the story of the Thanksgiving dinner, what it was that we saw? Yes, you know they showed him serving it but they never explained what he was doing. He fed people for free, a full Thanksgiving dinner that him and his family cooked for the entire night prior, every single year since I been there. I had been there for ten years. I've seen him give the jacket off his back for people and I think that wasn't highlighted enough. Joe did a lot of messed up stuff and that's a fact and that's shown and now the entire world knows it but he did a lot of good things too.
Who would you trust first: joe or the tiger who bit your arm off? The tiger — I never stopped trusting the tiger.
Who should play you in a movie? The kid who played Johnny Tsunami.
Did you ever want to take one of your legs and throw it at him? Yeah, I've threatened to beat him before. The man has done a lot of stupid shit. Towards the end, he got to where he was blowing everything up. I mean hell, he blew up my golf cart and my cabin. He knocked the windshield out of my golf cart, blew a hole in my cabin. Yeah, blew a window out.
Who should play you in a movie? Matthew McConaughey
Did anyone think to get Joe counseling after Travis' death? What Joe did is he spoke to a Shaman. I felt like that worsened his condition. I'm all for holistic approaches but sometimes you need real, legitimate counseling and medication and he wasn't getting it.
Were you surprised when he was found guilty on all 19 counts? No, I wasn't. People in Oklahoma hate Joe Exotic. He's gay, this is a very red state and us gay folk, we're almost an endangered species here. But, other reasons — you know, animal violations and stuff like that.
Who do you think had it better at the zoo, the animals or the workers? The animals. Joe was an asshole man, you couldn't talk to him without getting yelled at. He would run people off in 20 minutes just by the absurdly crass things that come out of his mouth.
Do you think Joe should be free? No. Not just no but fuck no. 22 years doing federal time, he's going to be like 56 or something like that? He's going to die in there, so good riddance.
Who is the more disturbed individual: Joe Exotic or Bill O'Reilly? That's a great question Joel. Great question, let's see. I would say that Joe Exotic is more evil and Bill O'Reilly is more of just an asshole.
What did you think of Joe's supposed plot to kill Carole? I mean, he asked me to kill Carole one time but it was like a joke. He was like I'll make you a rich man if you kill Carole hahaha. But that's when he got serious: when I left the park and the studio burned down, that's when Joe started downhill hard.
Joe is obviously more famous than he ever could have possibly imagined. How difficult do you think it is for him to be locked away right now? Well, we are getting reports that he is trying to get to a computer so he can "respond to his fans" but this is the notoriety and fame that Joe always wanted and it's pretty ironic that now he's stuck in a cage and can't even enjoy it. He's where he belongs and I would just tell him: Gotcha! The USDA has tried to take him down, the Humane Society has tried to take him down, Carole Baskin spent $2.5 million trying to take him down, and you know, we're the ones that did it.