Tiger King: What happened to Joe Exotic, Doc Antle, Carole Baskin, and the rest after filming?

There are several questions one might ask after binge-watching Netflix's new wildly popular docuseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

  • Am I okay? 

  • Will I ever get 'I Saw A Tiger' out of my head? 

  • What will I do with my life now?

Perhaps the most pressing, however, is: What the hell happened to those crazy cats? And I'm not talking about the tigers! 

Really though, with the absolute insanity that all the major players brought to the big cat party, we'd be remiss not to check back in with them now that we've gorged ourselves on all seven of those disturbing, drama-packed episodes. 

That's right folks, if you haven't finished the series, y'all better back on up just as quick as you would if Joe Exotic himself had his hand on one of his rhinestoned holsters.

To put it another way: Warning! There are spoilers ahead! 

Joe Exotic

When we last left Joe, he'd involuntarily traded in his sparkly shirts and padlock piercings - shudder - for an orange jumpsuit after being sentenced to 22 years in the clink. 

He was found guilty of attempting to pay a hitman to kill Carole Baskin, plus it turns out he did some of his own murderings - shooting at least five of his own tigers. 

According to People Magazine, he hasn't been resting on his laurels while caged up - instead, he's filed a US$94 million lawsuit seeking damages from various government agencies and his former business partner. 

Exotic wants to be paid for loss of personal property, 18 years of research and the cost of caring for 200 big cats. He's also claiming he was falsely arrested and imprisoned, and that the legal action taken against him resulted in the death of his mother Shirley. 

Carole Baskin 

Carole continues to run Big Cat Rescue with her third husband Howard, who has yet to mysteriously disappear as her second one did. 

It was those very insinuations - that Carole might have had something to do with her ex-husband's unexplained death - that led Carole and Howard to lash out at the filmmakers behind Tiger King after its release. 

Howard called Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin the "biggest con artists of them all" in a sombre YouTube video, while Carole released a lengthy statement lambasting the "salacious" series. 

"There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the series... has had the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers," she wrote. 

"As part of that, it has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance of my husband Don in 1997. 

"They did not care about the truth. The unsavoury lies are better for getting viewers."

Well, at least Howard and Carole still have each other, and their penchant for dressing up like cats together. 

Bhagavan 'Doc' Antle

Ain't nobody going to bring Doc Antle down from off his elephant any time soon, it seems, as he continues to run Myrtle Beach Safari with his harem of wives and various other affiliates. 

Despite clearly being his element during his time filming for Tiger King - so much so, he often took over the role of director unprompted - Doc and his mates said it was "disappointing" that Myrtle Beach was "mentioned" in the series. 

"We can only assume it is because Doc Antle has been such a high-profile wildlife personality for so many decades that his association would create more buzz," a Facebook post read. 

Yes, it could be that. Or, you know, the fact that you invited the cameras into your park, insisted on setting up all the shots yourself - and even hosted a monkey tea party? 

Jeff Lowe still owns the Greater Wynwood Animal Park, where there's no longer a whisper of Joe Exotic's existence to be found on the website. Whether or not Lowe still likes to pack live baby tigers into suitcases is unknown. 

Joe's ex-husband John Finlay got himself a new set of chompers and is very annoyed the producers didn't include this development in the series. He's also created a Facebook page called The Truth About John Finlay. I'd quote some of it for you, but he's said "no news-related articles have my permission", and I don't want to mess with these people. 

Kelci 'Saff' Saffery reportedly uses he/him pronouns, and after losing part of his arm to a tiger during filming, only left the park in 2018, around the same time Joe Exotic fled. In a recent interview on Lights Out With David Spade, Saff said: "the reason I was there went away, so I left".

After watching all his footage for the reality TV show he was making about Joe burn in a fire (Wow, Joe did it himself, he totally did it, that's just my opinion but man, he did it, those poor crocodiles) Rick Kirkham now lives in Norway with his wife. He is "working on a few ideas" for his next project, according to his Facebook page. 

Joe Exotic's fifth (yes, count 'em) husband Dillon Passage is still married to the country-singing convict. You remember, Joe met 22-year-old Dillon via a chatroom, and the two were wed just two months after Joe's fourth husband Travis Maldonado accidentally shot himself in the head.

According to Oprah Magazine, Dillon clarified his relationship status in a reply to an Instagram user, writing: "I’m still married to Joe but my social media platform isn’t used for any Joe things."

Don't worry though, Dillon's not lonely. His Insta-feed is filled with snaps from EDM festivals and weekends on the river, and he still hangs out with Godiva and Gimp, two of the tigers from Joe's zoo.