Tiger King's Carole Baskin just got pranked into giving her first interview since the show... by South Africans
Photo Cred: Netflix | Tiger King

Tiger King’s Carole Baskin just got pranked into giving her first interview since the show… by a South African!


Global (4 May 2020) – Two YouTubers, one who is South African, just tricked Carole Baskin – an infamous star of Netflix’s “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” – into her first public interview since the show’s release.

Carole Baskin (née Stairs Jones; born June 6, 1961) is an American big cat-rights activist and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, a non-profit animal sanctuary based near Tampa, Florida.

Baskin drew public attention when she was featured in the 2020 Netflix documentary series Tiger King about Oklahoma-based private zoo operator Joe Exotic. The Netflix series follows both Baskin and Joe Exotic, filming their ongoing and escalating feuds over exotic animals in private zoos. Following the series’ release, Baskin has been targeted by Internet memes related to the disappearance of Don Lewis, her second husband.

Baskin has refused to do any interviews after the show… until now!

Joshua Pieters - Carole Baskin just got pranked into her first interview... by South Africans
Photo Cred: Joshua Pieters | Insider

Youtubers – Josh Pieters and Archie Manners – shared the video online, detailing how they managed to score interviews with Baskin and several other celebrities by posing as staffers from various popular late-night talk shows, such as “The Tonight Show.”

The duo’s video explained that they’d use audio clips from popular hosts such as Jimmy Fallon to trick stars into believing they were speaking with the famous comedians via audio.

In their video, Manners and Pieters revealed that they posed as producers of Fallon’s show when they asked to interview the big-cat enthusiast.

Baskin initially turned down the request, Manners and Pieters said, but eventually accepted after they promised not to speak about “Tiger King,” which they explained “was fine with us because we couldn’t make Jimmy Fallon talk about ‘Tiger King.'”

Manners and Pieters explained that they used clips of Fallon’s interviews mentioning the word “cat,” including interviews with Kat Dennings and cast members of the musical movie “Cats.”

Baskin spoke with the duo over Zoom, and they explained to her that while she cannot see Fallon, he could hear her, she would hear him, and he would be asking her questions.

Watch the interview here:

Sources: Josh Pieters and Archie Manners
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