Joe Exotic said ‘F*** you’ to Louis Theroux in ‘chaotic’ unseen footage

Joe Exotic said ‘F*** you’ to Louis Theroux in ‘chaotic’ unseen footage

Louis Theroux has gone into detail about his upcoming documentary with the Tiger King himself, Joe Exotic.

Speaking to Radio Times Louis has said that at the end of their third meeting in 2011, Joe Exotic ripped his microphone off and “had a tantrum” yelling: “F*** you, f*** Carole Baskin, f*** PETA!”

Joe, real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage shot to fame in the Netflix series Tiger King: Murder, Madness and Mayhem, as the owner of the GW Exotic Animal Park but was sent to prison in 2019.

He is now serving a 22-year sentence for animal abuse and an attempted murder-for-hire plot on Carol Baskin, his rival and owner of Big Cat sanctuary.

Louis is now releasing previously unseen footage of Joe, captured in 2011, while the documentary maker was filming America's Most Dangerous Pets.

He said of the footage: “It just felt chaotic and extraordinary. [Exotic’s] feud with Carole Baskin was very much ongoing at the time, so I interviewed him about all of that, and talked to his husband and their boyfriend.

And in the end, although he was a significant presence in that film, very little of that material was reflected in the finished programme.”

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Louis remembered getting into a confrontation with Joe in his third and final visit for pushing into issues that “p***ed off” Joe.

He recalled Joe “ripped off his microphone and yelled, ‘F*** you. F*** Carole Baskin. F*** Tippi Hedren. F*** PETA. Yes, my animals are happy. Yes, I'm going to go on breeding.’ He had a tantrum.”

But Louis admitted: “I felt protective of him, and I didn't like the fact that I'd upset him. It's odd. But that's actually a big part of how he functioned, and now he's sort of done that on a global scale.”

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Describing the documentary Louis said a previous statement: “'This is one of those quintessentially American stories, taking place in the heartland of Oklahoma, with a cast of characters almost too colourful and larger-than-life to be believed.

“'I spent eight or nine days filming at the park back in 2011, over the course of three separate visits. I'd forgotten how much we shot until I went back into the footage during lockdown.

“It's extraordinary how much was there. Since then the story just got stranger and bigger, and in going back at the end of last year I uncovered a real-life drama that took me in directions I never could have expected.”

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