Netflix Show 'Tiger King' Star Gets Unexpected Help To End His Time In Prison

Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, has turned to an unlikely person to end his time in prison. Exotic has agreed to help his rival and Big Cat Rescue CEO Carole Baskin whom he is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence stemming from a failed murder-for-hire plot against Baskin.

Their feud was one of the many subjects of the immensely popular Netflix documentary series “Tiger King” back in the early summer of 2020. Now, Exotic has taken up an offer for Baskin to support his early release.

Howard recently told the Mirror that, despite Exotic’s attempt to have his wife killed, they would be willing to help him get released if he supports a piece of legislation designed to end private big cat ownership.

The Big Cat Public Safety Act, which already passed in the House of Representatives, would effectively ban the breeding and ownership of big cats like lions and tigers in the U.S. without a license from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"It is time for Carole and Howard to put up or shut the hell up because I'm accepting their offer," Joe told Entertainment Tonight. "And I'm gonna take it one step further than that, OK? It is time to get on the phone to President Biden or whoever they need to know that they've got in their little financial pocket and say, 'Hey, Joe is willing to support a big cat bill to help protect cats in America from being exploited. But we need to keep our end of the deal and get Joe a pardon because this wasn't really about murder for hire or shooting five tigers -- this was about exploiting Joe to support Carole's agenda.' So, there's the offer on the table, all right?"

He continued, noting that he doesn’t necessarily believe in the law but is willing to support it if it means getting cut loose from prison early.

"The way it's written is not gonna help anybody except PETA and Carole Baskin," he explains. "So, I'll testify in front of the Senate, I'll testify in front of the House, they want to end big cats in America and they want to end the exploitation of them, I'm the man to do it. But it's time to get an attorney general down here and listen to the evidence that I have to prove I'm innocent and get me the hell out of here. And they've got my support. Other than that, they need to stay the hell out of the news with all their crap just to get their name in the paper because I just called their bluff."

"Unfortunately, Joe continues to be his own worst enemy," Howard told Fox News.

"I pointed out in a media interview that if you look at the list of people who have actually gotten pardons, it was often people who had redeemed themselves by doing good with their lives either from or after incarceration," he wrote in part. "I suggested that if Joe really believed what he said about regretting putting animals in cages, he could put himself in the category of people who had done something good with his life by supporting the Big Cat Public Safety Act. I said if he did help us get the bill passed, we would be willing to advocate for a reduction in his sentence."

Carole told Entertainment Tonight that it will take more than Joe Exotic simply vocalizing support of the legislation to get her to back his early release.

"I wouldn't seek a reduced sentence for Joe based upon him just saying he'd help end cub handling," she said. "I think he'd say anything, but not actually do it. He'd have to actually work with authorities to bring all of his buddies to justice and work with legislators to end cub handling. Then, I'd want him to be rewarded for having done the right thing."

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