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Netflix Confirms Release Date For New 'Tiger King' Instalment

Netflix Confirms Release Date For New 'Tiger King' Instalment

Tiger King fans (aka everyone) you might want to sit down for this one. Netflix has just announced a bonus episode of the true crime series will be dropping on Sunday 12th April.

What. A. Treat.

Earlier this week, we told you how Jeff Lowe (the businessman who bailed Joe Exotic out of court debts before eventually taking over his zoo) revealed the news in a video clip online, with his wife Lauren.

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At the time, Netflix hadn't confirmed the extra episode, but Jeff explained it would be released at some point this week.

Now, the streaming platform has announced all the juicy details, including who will feature, what it will be about and when we can watch.

Jeff Lowe will appear in the new episode (Credit: Netflix)
Jeff Lowe will appear in the new episode (Credit: Netflix)

Taking to Twitter, Netflix shared a video clip of actor and presenter Joel McHale, dressed in a leopard print scarf. They revealed Joel will be hosting an 'after show' style episode, with a selection of the Tiger King cast.

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"Hi, I'm Joel McHale. There's a documentary series on Netflix called Tiger King. I highly recommend watching all seven episodes," he says in the clip.

"On April 12th, Netflix will release an eighth instalment called The Tiger King and I - it's an after show hosted by me.

"I talk to a lot of people involved in the project, Jeff and Lauren Lowe, Saff, Erik Cowie, John Finlay, John Reinke and Rick Kirkman to see what's happened in their lives since the release of the series.

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Ever since we binge-watched all seven episodes of the show, we've been desperate to hear more about the bizarre story.

Obviously, Joe himself has not been included in the after show line-up as he is currently serving 22 years in prison at the Grady County Jail in Chickashi in Oklahoma, for organising a murder-for-hire against Carole Baskin.

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Instead, it's reported Joe is launching a $94 million (£78 million) lawsuit from his cell. In the suit, which was reportedly filed on 17th March, Joe says his case included false and perjured testimony, and that he was discriminated against because he is "an openly gay male with the largest collection of generic tigers and crossbreeds".

Included in this figure is $15 million (£12.1 million) for the role he claims this played in the death of his mother.

Carole accused the documentary of 'lying' about the events surrounding her husband's death (Credit: Netflix)
Carole accused the documentary of 'lying' about the events surrounding her husband's death (Credit: Netflix)

And it seems Carole Baskin or her husband Howard won't be involved either. When the series was first released, Carole accused the documentary of "lying" about the events surrounding her husband's disappearance.

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In a statement posted on her website, Carole explained that filmmakers came to her five years ago with the idea of making "the big cat version of Blackfish" (the documentary which explored the abuse at SeaWorld) but "did not do any of that", instead, she says filmmakers had "the sole goal of being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers".

Anyone who has watched the series will know it's jam-packed with drama from start to finish, so we can't wait to hear all the bonkers things that have been happening since filming ended.

If you're yet to watch Tiger King, we reckon you'll still have time to binge the lot before tuning in for the eighth episode on Sunday. Set an alarm guys...

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: tiger king, Entertainment News, TV News, TV Entertainment, Netflix

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