Carole Baskin eliminated from ‘Dancing with the Stars’


Carole Baskin, whose longstanding feud with Joe Exotic was chronicled in the hit Netflix docuseries “Tiger King,” has been awarded the zoo once owned by her nemesis.

TAMPA, Fla. (NewsNation Now) — Carole Baskin has been booted from ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ after earning the lowest score out of all the dancers in week three of the competition.

The reality TV star who became a pop culture sensation with Netflix’s docuseries “Tiger King” was part of a group of celebrity dancers that included rapper Nelly, actress Skai Jackson, former NBA star Charles Oakley and Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean.

The biggest headline from Baskin’s run on the reality show took place off the dance floor when the family of her missing husband debuted a commercial asking for information about the disappearance of Don Lewis.

Lewis’ 1997 disappearance was featured throughout “Tiger King” earlier this year.

On the Netflix series, Baskin, who owns a big cat refuge, sought to shut down Joseph Maldonado-Passage’s for-profit breeding business of big cats. Maldonado-Passage was known by his nickname “Joe Exotic” and Baskin’s signature line was to address fans as “cool cats and kittens.”

Maldonado-Passage is serving a 22-year federal prison term for killing five tigers and plotting to have Baskin killed. In June, a federal judge awarded Baskin ownership of the property where Maldonado-Passage ran his private Oklahoma zoo.

Nexstar Media Wire and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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