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The impossible is on the brink of happening. Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin might be teaming up...

The news comes after Baskin apparently stretched out an olive branch and offered to help get Exotic out of prison.


Keep scrolling to find out what his lengthy response was...

Now of course, there was one point in lockdown when we were all obsessed with Netflix's docuseries, Tiger King.

The 7-part series retells the story of a war between a very flamboyant tiger owner named Joe Exotic and his enemy, a Florida-based animal activist named Carole Baskin.

But last year, things took a turn for the worst.

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Joe was sentenced to twenty-two years in prison.

His first charge was for conspiracy to murder.

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He allegedly hired a hitman to take Carole out whilst she was biking down a deserted bike path before the FBI became involved and thus foiled his dangerous plan.

And the second was for animal cruelty.

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Though his treatment of his tigers has always been questionable, it was found that Joe had killed several of the older big cats to make room for new arrivals at his animal park.

Most of us believe that this sentencing is more than reasonable.

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Despite how cookie he comes across as on camera, it's undeniable that Joe belongs behind bars for his appalling behavior to both his staff and his innocent animals.

But others weren't too convinced.

Evidently hoodwinked by his "loveable" on-screen persona, many people took to Twitter to protest his sentencing.

The hashtag #freejoeexotic was even trending for a while.

I've lost all faith in humanity.

So many people are set on seeing Exotic walk free...

Simply because he makes good television.

There was even someone else who revealed their questionable stance on the Joe Exotic situation...

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And it is incredibly worrying, if not a little unsurprising.

Former president, Donald Trump showed his support for Joe.

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Why doesn't this shock me at all?

He revealed his stance on the topic at a press conference last year.

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Implying that he would be looking into Joe's sentencing himself.

But, before the conference, he apparently had no idea who Joe Exotic was.

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And, when a reporter brought up his son, Donald Trump Jr's comments on the show, Trump replied:

"I know nothing about it … he has twenty-two for what? What did he do?"

And, after the reporter explained why Joe had landed himself behind bars...

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Trump asked, “Do you think he didn't do it? Are you on his side? Are you recommending a pardon?"

He emplored the rest of the room about whether Joe should be pardoned or not...

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Before saying: "As a reporter, you're not allowed to do that [give an opinion], you'd be criticized." He then confirmed, "I'll take a look. Is that Joe Exotic? That's Joe Exotic."

After Exotic's legal team got a whiff of the conference, they began milking it for all it was worth...

In a video directly addressed to Trump, Exotic resorted to begging (yes, literally begging) for his release.

One of the main attractions of the campaign included a bus...

But not just any bus, a double-decker one with the not-so-inventive-slogan: "President Trump please pardon Joe Exotic, Team Tiger."

Yeah, that should definitely do the trick!

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They even took things one step further, coming up with a whole new conspiracy theory that states Joe Exotic has been framed for something he didn't do.


Then just when you thought this world couldn't get any crazier...

Exotic reportedly had a limousine waiting near the prison he's at, anticipating a presidential pardon from Trump.

Donald Trump issued over seventy pardons during his last day as president, and Exotic's team was confident he would receive one.


Private investigator Eric Love, who is leading the case, said: "This time tomorrow, we're going to be celebrating.

"We have good reason to believe it will come through. We're confident enough we already have a limousine parked about half a mile from the prison. We are really in action mode right now."

He continued:


"I've got make-up, wardrobe, the whole unit that will come up. The first thing Joe wants to do, wants his hair done. He hasn't had his hair done in two-and-a-half years. That's the first order of business.

"Then we'll probably go and get some pizzas, steak, maybe a McRib."

And when he was asked why he was so confident he would be granted clemency...

Exotic said: "I think the President has sided with us and I believe it will take most of the limelight away from President-Elect Joe Biden. Last night, I shot a congratulatory video thanking Donald Trump so we have it queued up and ready to go.

"As soon as we get the word, we're going to execute that video to the White House and thank them."

But, their confidence was short-lived...


As despite Donald Trump issuing more than seventy pardon's, Exotic's name was not on the list.

A pretty big blow for Joe and his team.

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His team spoke to TMZ and said, "140 million Joe Exotic fans had a hard time getting out of bed this morning."

"We are as disappointed that the president did not sign Joe's pardon, as we were confident yesterday that he would."

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Speaking to TMZ, Carol Baskin also had her say, revealing that she was glad he had not been granted a pardon.

But now, it seems as though she's changed her tune.


Baskin and her husband have given Exotic a condition and if he chooses to accept it, they will support his early release from prison.

​They said if Exotic supports the Big Cat Public Safety Act and admits that his exploitative work with tigers and other animals was wrong, they'll do it.


And it seems as though he's accepting the offer.

He told Entertainment Weekly this:


"It is time for Carole and Howard to put up or shut the hell up because I'm accepting their offer. And I'm gonna take it one step further than that, OK?"

He continued:


"It is time to get on the phone to President Biden or whoever they need to that they've got in their little financial pocket and say, 'Hey, Joe is willing to support a big cat bill to help protect cats in America from being exploited. But we need to keep our end of the deal and get Joe a pardon because this wasn't really about murder for hire or shooting five tigers – this was about exploiting Joe to support Carole's agenda."

"So, there's the offer on the table, alright?"


"The way it's written is not gonna help anybody except PETA and Carole Baskin.

"So, I'll testify in front of the Senate, I'll testify in front of the House, they want to end big cats in America and they want to end the exploitation of them, I'm the man to do it."

He then went in harder:


"But it's time to get an attorney general down here and listen to the evidence that I have to prove I'm innocent and get me the hell out of here. And they've got my support."

"Other than that, they need to stay the hell out of the news with all their crap just to get their name in the paper because I just called their bluff."


So do you think the'll be the best team? Only time will tell.

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